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Current Projects

#MVMNT

In collaboration with the University of Georgia, the goal of #MVMNT, Men’s Voices on Mapping, Neighborhoods, and Technology, is to learn more about how social environments impact men’s health.

The purpose of the project is to focus on how locations and social networks influence the health of young men who have sex with men. Our goal is to understand how in-person and online social networks an locations individuals spend their time influence substance use and HIV risk behaviors. In 3-month the study will gather GPS collection, in-person interviews, and brief surveys sent through an app. The study will collect location updates, app use frequency and reported relationships to identify health outcomes. We want to use the findings of this study to inform in-the-moment risk reduction interventions throug h technology. The study will take place over four years in non-metropolitan towns in the Northeast and Southeast.

We hope to learn to improve health care and services for young men, by ultimately developing a real-time phone app intervention using the data collected in this research study.

If you are interested in enrolling as a participant, please go to www.mvmntstudy.com for more information!

Project RENEW

Project RENEW, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is a new project being led by Professor Trace Kershaw and Professor Jessica Muilenburg from the University of Georgia. Project RENEW aims to look at ways cell phones can be used to monitor how social determinants of health influence health behaviors, and specifically how neighborhoods and places people go can influence their alcohol-related treatment programs. The findings from this research will then go into developing a novel intervention using mobile phone tracking and applications to help prevent relapse.

Connect-2-PrEP

Connect-2-PrEP is a research study where we are interviewing men who have sex with men who have used crystal meth to find out about their experiences with HIV prevention services generally and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention specifically. The ultimate goal of these interviews is to use this information to design an intervention to promote PrEP use in this group.