Preventing Aids: Community-Science Collaborations

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Learn how to create professional collaboration between HIV/AIDS researchers and community organizations for the benefit of all! This book is designed to help frontline prevention organizations answer two questions that are of utmost importance. First, how effective are their services; and second, can their work be improved? The absence of rigorous evaluation is a barrier to stable funding for community organizations, and the strategies in Preventing AIDS: Community-Science Collaborations can help overcome that barrier. The book is a guide to successful cooperative efforts between researchers and community-based organizations. The information it presents will help community-based programs acquire detailed, timely information on program effectiveness and outcomes. It also provides researchers with methods for accessing hard-to-reach or hidden HIV high-risk groups. Handy tables and figures make important data easy to access and understand. In Preventing AIDS: Community-Science Collaborations, you'll learn about the difficult but critically important collaboration between community organizations who do frontline prevention work and university scientists who evaluate the effectiveness of that work. The book describes the community-researcher equal partner collaboration (CREPC) model for community-based collaborative research. In addition, it examines six unique efforts to prevent the spread of AIDS among high-risk populations, such as prostitutes, injection drug users, impoverished pregnant women, migrant workers, transgendered persons, and prison inmates. The case studies in Preventing AIDS: Community-Science Collaborations describe the frustrations of outreach workers and counselors who suddenly must help design a survey they fear will be intrusive, and the parallel problems faced by scientists who are told that their traditional measures mean little to outreach workers.

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What People Are Saying

Samuel R. Friedman
At the National Development and Research Institutes, we have a long history of working with service providers, youth, and drug users around health issues, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, drug treatment, and many other issues. We are constantly seeking ways to build more effective collaborations. The case studies and ideas in this book will help us do a better job. For this, I want to thank the authors very deeply.
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for AIDS Research and Director, Social Theory Core, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, National Development and Research Institutes, New York City
Joseph Guydish
For everyone interested in HIV prevention, or in the growing discourse concerning practice/research collaboration in the behavioral sciences, this will be AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS TO EMERGE THIS YEAR. . . . Uniquely readable, thoughtful, and historically grounded.
PhD, Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789012470
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editors



Chapter 1. Introduction to Community-Science Collaboration: Equal Partners
in Investigation (Benjamin P. Bowser and Shiraz I. Mishra)

Chapter 2. Collaborative AIDS Research: A Funder’s Perspective (Bart K.
Aoki, Roger K. Myrick, George F. Lemp, and Steve Truax)
The Values of Collaborative Research
Challenges to Community Collaboration and HIV Prevention Research
Opportunities Offered by Collaborative HIV Prevention Research
Funding for Community Research on AIDS: UARP

Chapter 3. Preventing AIDS Among Injectors and Sex Workers (Gloria Lockett,
Carla Dillard-Smith, and Benjamin P. Bowser)
Beginning of Collaboration
Results and Collaborative Findings

Chapter 4. Collaborative Research Toward HIV Prevention Among Migrant
Farmworkers (Shiraz I. Mishra, Fernando Sanudo, and Ross F. Conner)
The Collaboration
The Study
Research Findings
Conclusion: Lessons Learned
Appendix: Recruitment Criteria and Sample Size of Farmworkers

Chapter 5. A Health Promotion Intervention for Prison Inmates with HIV
(Barry Zack, Olga Grinstead, and Bonnie Faigeles)
Evaluation Plan (Research Design)

Chapter 6. The Los Angeles Transgender Health Study: Creating a Research
and Community Collaboration (Cathy J. Reback and Paul Simon)
Study Objectives
The Collaboration Team
Study Design
The Study
Future Analyses
Benefits and Challenges of Collaboration

Chapter 7. Critical Collaborations in Serving High-Risk Women: The PHREDA
Project (Geraldine Oliva, Jennifer Rienks, and Lisa Netherland)
The Three Phases of PHREDA
Benefits and Challenges of Collaboration
Challenges to Research

Chapter 8. The Challenges and Rewards of Collaborative Research: The UFO
Study (Kristen Ochoa, Rachel McLean, Heather Edney-Meschery, Dante Brimer,
and Andrew Moss)
A Typical Day in the UFO Study
Doing Research Differently
The Study
Beginning in the Middle
The Community Collaborator’s Perspective
The Santa Cruz Needle Exchange
The Peer Interviewer/Counselor Perspective
The Researcher’s Perspective
Where We Are Now

Chapter 9. Synthesis of Case Studies and Service Providers’ Reactions
(Benjamin P. Bowser and Lisa M. Krieger)

Part I: Meta-Analysis of Case Studies

Part II: Assessing CREPC

Chapter 10. Conclusion (Benjamin P. Bowser, Shiraz I. Mishra, Cathy J.
Reback, and George F. Lemp)
The Challenge
Business As Usual
New Business: Grounded Research and Services
Equal Partner Collaboration
Final Word: This Is Only a Beginning
Reference Notes Included

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