School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Research

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN)

The Adolescents Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions seeks to conduct research to help improve the lives of HIV+ adolescents, ages 13 - 25 years through behavioral, clinical and community studies. Horizon's Project of Wayne State University/ Detroit Medical Center serves as one of 14 sites across the United States who facilitates this agenda. Adolescents have the opportunity to participate in various studies through the clinic and also in the community.

Please visit atnonline.org for general information related to the Adolescent Trials Network (ATN). For study specific questions, please contact Charnell Cromer at ccromer@med.wayne.edu or (313) 966-0622.

Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency (CARE) Act Part A

Part A of the Ryan White CARE Act provides emergency funding to metropolitan areas that are most severely affected by HIV/AIDS. To be eligible for Part A funding an area must have reported at least 2,000 AIDS cases during the previous 5 years and have a population of at least 5,000. The city of Detroit is currently one of fifty-one eligible metropolitan areas receiving Part A funding. Horizons Project Part A funds received from the City of Detroit Health Department are used to provide no cost clinical activities such as primary care, treatment adherence and psychosocial support for uninsured adolescents.  

For more information, visit  Federal Part A funding  and for contact information on the City of Detroit Part A funding visit http://hab.hrsa.gov/programs/t1roster.htm  

Michigan Department of Community Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention Section, Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency (CARE) Act Part D

Part D of the Ryan CARE Act specifically provides funding for family-centered primary and specialty medical care, support services, and logistical support and coordination for HIV+ women, infants, children, youth, and their families.

Horizons Project provides support services through three JAM sessions per month, consisting of one men’s group, one women’s group and one mixed gender group. The clinical care team leads clients in coming together in these interactive social support groups to discuss various aspects of their lives as well as community activities. Transportation and child care are provided. For information on the JAM sessions email Tiffani Hollowell at thollowe@med.wayne.edu or call her at (313) 745-4453.  

Part D funding also supported a pilot test of a motivational intervention targeting HIV+ youth for sexually transmitted infections.  For more information, visit  Maternal and Child HIV/AIDS Programs in Michigan.

Michigan Department of Community Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention Section (HAPIS), Partnerships for Health Grant

MDCH HAPIS offers funding to the Horizons Project outreach team to provide HIV counseling, testing, and referral services to  African American MSM between the ages of 13 and 24. There is also a health education and risk reduction component in which the outreach team provides a group level intervention called Brothers Saving Brothers. For more information on Horizons Project HAPIS activities please email Bre' Campbell at bcampbel@med.wayne.edu or call her at 313-924-8228.

PREVIOUS RESEARCH PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

Michigan Department of Community Health, Health Disparities Reduction/Minority Health Section, Photo Voice Media Grant

Horizon's Project was awarded funding to increase HIV/AIDS/STD education and raise awareness in transgender youth of color, specifically transgender women, with the use of the media tools and messages. The specific needs and challenges of transgender youth were established in a series of five facilitated group sessions. Additionally, a photo voice project was launched which depicted these needs and challenges. The campaign was to commemorate Minority Health Month and culminated in a community-wide unveiling event showcasing the participants and the developed print materials. For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Angulique Outlaw at aoutlaw@med.wayne.edu or at (313) 745-3218.    

U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Special Projects of National Significance: Motivational-Based Outreach for Young Men who have Sex with Men (YMSMs) of Color

Through this grant Horizons Project conduct innovative field and internet outreach to encourage YMSM of color.  The primary objective was to encourage YMSM to find out their HIV status and enroll, engage, and maintain in care. A motivational interviewing (MI) strategy was used and evaluated, with extensive MI training to field workers, to encourage at-risk YMSM of color to be counseled and tested for HIV. Traditional peer-outreach was compared with traditional peer outreach in combination with MI.  YMSM of color who test positive for HIV were referred to medical care and case management services and those who tested negative are referred to Horizons Project Brothers Saving Brothers (BSB) group. This group was a three-session behavioral intervention aimed at reducing HIV infection among young African American men who have sex with men and young bisexual men. For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Angulique Outlaw at aoutlaw@med.wayne.edu or call her at (313) 745-3218.

Michigan Department of Community Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention Section, Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency (CARE) Act Part D

Michigan Department of Community Health provided funding for the MISTI Project, which was a motivational intervention targeting HIV+ youth for sexually transmitted infections. The purpose of this intervention program was to see if a brief computer program could help HIV+ youth reduce their exposure to and acquisition of (getting) sexually transmitted infections. Clients asked to participate in this study had a sexually transmitted infection in the 12 months prior to enrollment. For more information on this project email Dr. Nikki Cockern at scockern@med.wayne.edu or call her at 313 745-4892.