April 2022
CHAS eNews
Policy Briefs
“Girls have commercial sex, boys don’t:” Mixed-Methods Evidence for a Gendered Risk Environment for Street-Connected Young People in the Republic of Georgia
In this publication, researchers including Alida Bouris (CHAS Fellow and Associate Professor at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice) highlight the need for gender-responsive programming to address HIV prevention needs of both male and female street-connected young people (SCYP) in the Republic of Georgia. The researchers conducted a mixed-methods study utilizing a triangulation design with 20 SCYP 11-18 years of age from two cities in Georgia. The study had SCYP complete a close-ended survey and an in-depth interview on their perceptions of romantic and exchange sex relationships. Researchers also analyzed qualitative data using a thematic analysis approach. The study findings indicate that a higher proportion of female than male SCYP endorsed engaging in HIV-related transmission behaviors with exchange sex partners. The thematic analysis contextualized survey findings by showing the ways in which female SCYP negotiated a highly gendered risk environment that elevated their vulnerability to HIV.
Identifying Relative Strength of Methadone Versus Health and Social Services in Comprehensive SUD Treatment Using a Variance Decomposition Approach
A new study by Jeanne C. Marsh (CHAS Director and George Herbert Jones Distinguished Service Professor at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice) aims to identify the relative strengths of association of medication and health and social services in comprehensive substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. The researchers use a novel variance decomposition method to assess the relative strength of association of six active ingredients in SUD treatment, including methadone medication, access services, SUD counseling, matched service ratio, client-provider relationship, and treatment duration. Results from the study showed that methadone accounted for the greatest relative strength of association at 35.4%, compared with 23.8% for treatment duration, 15.4% for client-provider relationship, and 11.2% for matched service ratio. Access and SUD counseling accounted for modest strengths of association. The findings indicate somewhat greater strength of association of methadone compared with other services and service strategies overall. Furthermore, they reinforce the importance of both medication and services and service strategies in the design and development of effective models of service delivery.
Upcoming Lectures
4/26/2022 @ 12:30pm CDT
Angela S. García, PhD
UChicago Crown Family School
Presenting with:
Ilana Ventura, MA, MAPSS
UChicago Dept. of Sociology

5/03/2022 @ 12:30pm CDT
Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS
UChicago Medicine

5/10/2022 @ 12:30pm CDT
Matt Epperson, PhD, MSW
UChicago Crown Family School
Presenting with:
Samantha Guz, MSSW, LSW
UChicago Crown Family School
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Our 2021 Annual Report is Here!
The Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) is an endowed health policy and services research center that has been serving The University of Chicago for over 70 years. In 2021, CHAS continued to advance health and social services policy innovation and reform. And, during two years of global COVID-19 pandemic surges, CHAS expanded its technological footprint to address its mission. Read more in our annual report below and on our website.
Reminder: CHAS Seed Grant Applications Due Before April 30, 2022
CHAS Seed Grant proposals are currently being accepted online through April 30, 2022. New awards will be funded for the performance cycle of July 2022 through June 2024. Please see PI criteria at our website.

To learn more about the CHAS Seed Grant program or to submit a proposal, please visit our website.

If you are not able to meet the April 30th date, please contact Keith Brown at kebrown@uchicago.edu to discuss an extended deadline.