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Research

The ACRIA Centers at GMHC and the Research on Older Adults with HIV (ROAH) Studies

To underscore our commitment to learning more about the service needs of older adults living with HIV, in 2017 GMHC entered into a strategic partnership with research and advocacy organization ACRIA, long recognized for its landmark studies on older adults living with HIV and its pivotal 2006 Research on Older Adults with HIV (ROAH) study.

The newly formed ACRIA Centers at GMHC are continuing this important research with the ROAH 2.0 study. The full study will ultimately include almost 3,000 older adults living with HIV in sites across the United States, including New York City, Upstate New York, Chicago, Alameda County (CA), and San Francisco. Findings will help social researchers and care providers across the country—including GMHC—develop more services geared specifically toward people living with HIV who are over the age of 50.

The first ROAH 2.0 report, focusing on San Francisco, demonstrates in stark terms that living with HIV as an older adult presents a unique set of challenges. Study participants face staggeringly high rates of mental health issues and levels of loneliness, as well as experience a dire need for regular social connections and health care coordination.

More ROAH 2.0 site studies will be released over the coming years.

GMHC Program Services Research and Evaluation

GMHC’s Program Services Research and Evaluation department evaluates the impact of our programs, interventions, and strategies on health, mental health, and psychosocial outcomes among clients. The department issues reports to help contribute to the knowledge about effective interventions for people living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS by disseminating the findings from research and evaluation projects in peer-reviewed journals and at local and national conferences.

ARTICLES (PUBLISHED OR IN PRESS)

 

Feldman, M.B., Wu, E., Mendoza, M., Lowry, B., Ford, L. & Holloway, I. (in press). Receiving confirmatory HIV test results: The critical link between “test” and “treat” for newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals. AIDS Education and Prevention.

Feldman, M.B., Weinberg, G.S., & Wu, E. (2012). Evaluation of a system designed to increase engagement and enrollment in mental health services at a community-based AIDS organizationEvaluation and Program Planning, 35, 133-138.

Feldman, M.B., Torino, J.A., & Swift, M. (2011). A group intervention to improve body image and dietary habits in HIV-positive men who have sex with menEating Disorders, 19, 377-391.

Feldman, M.B., Hile, S.A., & Weinberg, G.S. (2011). A community needs assessment to inform HIV and substance abuse prevention services for black and Latino young men who have sex with men in New York CityJournal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 23(4), 465-506.

Feldman, M.B. (2010). The disproportionate risk for HIV infection among young men who have sex with men of color: A critical literature review (PDF). Journal of the National American Medical Association, 102(12), 1206-1221.

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATION WITH PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS

2013 2013 Hile, S.J., Booth, S.V. To tell or not to tell: Understanding the decision to disclose personal information among GMHC clients. Oral Presentation, The National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities, Los Angeles, CA.
2012 Feldman, M.B. Evaluating creative arts therapies: Challenges and Possibilities. Oral Presentation, The 2nd Annual International Health Humanities Conference — Music, Health, and Humanity, Montclair, NJ.
2011 Feldman, M.B., Wu, E., Mendoza, M., Lowry, B., & Ford, L.  Returning for confirmatory test results: the critical link between ‘test’ and ‘treat’ in rapid HIV testing.  Oral presentation, 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.
2010 Feldman, M.B.  A community needs assessment to inform HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention for black and Latino young men who have sex with men in New York City. Oral presentation, American Public Health Association, 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver, CO.
2010 Feldman, M.B.  A critical literature review to identify possible causes of higher rates of HIV infection among young black and Latino men who have sex with men. Roundtable presentation, American Public Health Association, 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver, CO.
2010 Torino, J.A. & Feldman, M.B. An evaluation of a group to improve body image and nutrition among HIV-positive men who have sex with men.  Oral presentation, American Dietetic Association, 2010 Food & Nutrition Conference & Exposition, Boston, MA.
2010 Hile, S.J., Simmons, G., Melendez, N., & Feldman, M.B. It’s never too late to evaluate: Creating an evaluation plan for an existing HIV prevention program for women. Poster presentation, National Institute of Mental Health, Annual International Research Conference on the Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS, Nashville, TN.
2009 Feldman, M.B., Weinberg, G.S. Evaluation of a system to increase access to mental health services for people living with HIV/AIDS at a community based AIDS service organization. Poster presentation, American Public Health Association, 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, PA.

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

2011 Feldman, M.B. & Wu, E. Returning for confirmatory test results: the critical link between ‘test’ and ‘treat’ in rapid HIV testing. Grand Rounds, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York, NY.
2010 Torino, J.A. & Feldman, M.B. Body image concerns among HIV-positive women. Women as the Face of AIDS Summit, Iris House, New York, NY.
2009 Feldman, M.B. & Torino, J.A.  Moving from practice evaluation to intervention research:  Group services to improve body image and nutrition among HIV-positive MSM. Grand Rounds, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York, NY.
2009 Feldman, M.B. A community needs assessment to inform HIV/substance use prevention for young Black and Latino MSM in New York City. Grand Rounds, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York, NY.
2009 Feldman, M.B. & Torino, J.A. Understanding the impact of HIV/AIDS on body image among men who have sex with men (MSM). Nutrition in AIDS Care Conference, New York, NY.