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Social Work Professor Accepted into CAPS Visiting Professors Program

Omar Martinez smilingOmar Martinez, an assistant professor in the Temple University School of Social Work, has been accepted into the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) Visiting Professors Program of the University of California – San Francisco.

As a visiting professor at UCSF, Martinez will collaborate with UCSF faculty to conduct interdisciplinary research. In addition to the UCSF appointment, Martinez will receive up to $20,000 to conduct a pilot study at Temple. His appointment begins in June 2017.

Martinez plans to test the Transhealth Information Project, a peer-led biobehavioral HIV prevention intervention for transgender women. The intervention is unique in that it takes an inclusive approach to transgender health, addressing factors such as housing instability, incarceration, legal issues, transportation issues, and job training and placement.

“A project that intersects so many areas will benefit tremendously from the CAPS program, which provides collaboration and interdisciplinary research among many community stakeholders and researchers, both at Temple and UCSF,” Martinez said. “I’m very grateful and excited for the opportunity.”

The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies aims to end HIV and its associated health and social issues through HIV prevention science, support for researchers, and community assistance in HIV prevention efforts. The Visiting Professors program selects two to four fellows each year. Funding is provided by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Posted:  February 17, 2017