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The purpose of this group is to bring together adolescent sexual health investigators, clinicians, agencies, and CBOs to advance Prevention and Treatment of HIV and STIs among Adolescents and Young Adults.  It is designed to foster dialogue and build research capacity in adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
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Download Agenda from May 2 Forum

11:00 – 11:05 am Welcome
11:10 am   Center for the Study of Community Health Engagement Core Services -  Susan Daviespson
11:15 am  State of Adolescent and Sexual Health in Alabama - Tina Simpson  
11:20 am  Sexual Health Education in Alabama -  Jamie Keith
11:25 am  FOCUS Program - Sue Jones
11:30 am     Roundtable Discussion
12:30 pm  Update on Roundtable Discussions
12:50 pm Future Steps/Goals
1:00 pm Adjourn


Registration for the next meeting will open before the next meeting on TBD.


Funding OpportunitIES

"Developmentally Tailored HIV Prevention and Care Research for Adolescents and Young Adults"

R01: PA-18-651
R21: PA-18-652
R34: PA-18-653

Successful applicants will focus on how developmental factors across adolescence and emerging adulthood:

  • Influence risk and resilience to HIV
  • Influence how youth cope with living with HIV
  • Affect the impact of HIV prevention and treatment interventions

NIAID is especially interested in developmental research or interventions that can be incorporated into HIV prevention and treatment interventions or improve their impact. Examples of such projects include advancing the following:

  • Interventions that capitalize on youths’ social networks (in person or online) to speed up disseminating new biomedical prevention options or enhance engagement in HIV care for youth living with HIV
  • Methods or measures to assess developmental readiness or predict developmental capacity for autonomous adherence to biomedical prevention or treatment
  • Differentiated care models for youth to improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum

We also seek studies on methods or interventions to assess readiness for or assist with the transition from pediatric or adolescent HIV care to adult HIV care, as well as research to better understand violence as an obstacle to youths' engaging in and adhering to HIV prevention and treatment. Read the FOAs linked above for a larger list of possible research topics, including priority mechanisms, relationships, and intervention targets and improvements of interest to HIV prevention and continuum of care.

Given the significant amount of heterogeneity that exists among adolescents and emerging adults, researchers should consider the use of different metrics for measuring development beyond chronological age. Next, your research needs to take into consideration the heterogeneity of youth as well as sex and gender differences.

Finally, given the importance of incorporating youth input throughout the research process, youth advisory boards are required for all submissions to this FOA. Both the R21 and R01 opportunities follow NIH’s Standard Due Dates(link is external). The maximum project period is two years for the R21 and five years for the R01. For the R21 your combined budget for direct costs may not exceed $275,000, with no more than $200,000 requested in any single year. For the R01, your budget is not limited but should reflect the actual needs of your proposed project.

Contact Naana Cleland(link is external), NIAID’s scientific/research contact for these opportunities, if you have any questions.


robin lanziRobin Lanzi, PhD, MPH
Co-Director Behavioral and Community Sciences Core
Professor School of Public Heath

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