Disparities Working Group

The Community Action Board (CAB) Working Group on Disparities includes interested members of the community, representatives from over 15 community-based organizations and HIV service providers, as well as UW researchers and staff.

Under the leadership of Dr. Ann Kurth, former SPRC core coordinator, and using the principles of community-based participatory research, the Disparities Working Group developed a R21 research proposal. “Reducing HIV Disparities: Sexual Concurrency Communication for HIV Prevention among African-American and African-Born Populations”, that was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in August 2008.  The project was funded and more information about it can be found here. More information about results from this research can be found here.

This focus of this project is on translating the scientific findings on sexual networks and concurrency into culturally resonant prevention messages to reduce racial disparities in HIV among African-American and African-born populations in Seattle/King County. Dr. Michele Andrasik, SPRC Faculty, is the Principal Investigator for this project.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Disparities Working Group or would like more information about the CFAR/CFAS Community Action Board, please contact Joanna Bove at bovej at uw.edu.