The Disparities and Inequities in HIV/AIDS Research Laboratory focuses on research to enhance the development, uptake, effectiveness and efficiency of evidence-based interventions and policies within clinical and community settings in order to improve population health and reduce health disparities. Intervention activities involve actively facilitating, participating in, or leading informed evidence-based practices. Current research projects include the development and testing of biobehavioral HIV prevention and treatment interventions to improve HIV care continuum outcomes; implementation of mixed-method approaches to understand psychosocial and environmental conditions leading to poor health outcomes, including childhood sexual abuse and anti-immigration policies; use of structural interventions to address social determinants of health among vulnerable populations, including sexual and gender minorities and individuals living with HIV; evaluation of public health and social service programs, including locally developed, home-grown HIV prevention programs; and dissemination of evidence-based practices through community-based participatory action research approaches.


Omar Martinez

Associate Professor
Social Work
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