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A Review and Highlights of Publications by CIRA Affiliates 2012-2019

Stack of journalsCIRA's Clinical and Health Services Research (CHSR) Core promotes multidisciplinary, collaborative research focusing on HIV prevention, care, and treatment in diverse clinical settings with an emphasis on research across the HIV care continuum delivered throughout the healthcare system. The CHSR Core conducts a periodic review and assessment of CIRA publications and creates a bibliography that serves as a broad guide to published research conducted by CIRA affiliates that addresses the HIV care continuum and pertinent areas of interest, and characterizes research expertise and activities in the U.S. and globally. The fifth update of the review comprises 1387 articles published between July 2012 and December 2019.

For questions and feedback, please contact Dini Harsono (

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Community Health Care Van Serving the Underserved Community With New Mission

Yale Community Health Care VanThe Community Health Care Van, a mobile medical clinic created by Yale School of Medicine's Rick Altice, MD, professor of medicine (infectious diseases), recently repurposed its activities to assist with combating the COVID-19 epidemic in vulnerable neighborhoods in the New Haven community. The van is now handing out facial coverings locally, in addition to providing postpartum visits for mothers and infants.

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New Publication: "When Pandemics Call: Community-Based Research Considerations for HIV Scholars"

We are happy to share this AIDS and Behavior publication on community-based HIV research during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the result of a successful collaboration between several of our Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars, Ijeoma Opara, Cristian Chandler, Danielle Alcena-Stiner and Nkiru Nnawulezi, and Yale School of Public Health Professor, Trace Kershaw.

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Fair Haven Community Health Clinic Receives Grant for COVID-19 Telehealth Program

Congratulations to Fair Haven Community Health Clinic in New Haven, which today received a $430,000 award from the Federal Communications Commission to provide its COVID-19 high-risk and vulnerable patient population with video and voice consults, and use remote monitoring to help manage patients with chronic conditions. This funding was included as part of the CARES Act relief package passed last month by Congress.

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CT Association for Human Services Joins With AIDS Connecticut

The Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) recently announced it has affiliated with AIDS Connecticut, effective May 1, 2020. Both organizations will retain their respective names as divisions within a new parent company, Advancing Connecticut Together (ACT). The collective impact of this new joint venture will strengthen and broaden the range of services provided to families throughout Connecticut.

Learn more from AIDS Connecticut and Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS).


  • Webinar: Covid-19 Case Based Discussions
    Date: Tuesday, May 12, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
    Description: The final of 3 learning sessions on COVID-19, this training is a case-based discussion for providers that covers recent clinical encounters, challenges and management, and best practices in support of improved community and HIV patient care.
    Further Details and Registration
  • Webinar: Implementation Research for Health Equity Webinar Series: Using Self-Determination Theory to Inform the Design of Equity-focused Implementation Research
    Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Description: Drs. Mechelle Sanders and Kevin Fiscella will highlight the utility of including lay health workers to improve patients' understanding of self-management responsibilities and increase adherence, sharing their work on pragmatic strategies to improve equity within primary care related to cardiovascular disease prevention and HIV.
    Further Details and Registration
  • Webinar: COVID-19: Building on the HIV response to introduce innovation in a pandemic
    Date: Thursday, May 14, 8:00 am ET/2:00 pm CEST
    Descriptions: The webinar will include a keynote presentation and discussions on 1) Innovation in a pandemic: 40 years of HIV to the rescue?, and 2) Testimonies drawing from existing technologies, capacities and previous work on HIV prevention, treatment and cure research.
    Send your questions in advance of the webinar at
    Further Details and Registration
  • Webinar: Ready, set, RE-AIM: Hot topics for the operationalization and application of the RE-AIM framework
    Date: Thursday, May 14, 1:00–2:00 pm
    Description: Join panelists Dr. Paul Estabrooks from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Marcia Ory from Texas A&M University, and Dr. Jodi Holtrop from the University of Colorado for a webinar moderated by Dr. Russell Glasgow, also from the University of Colorado.
    Registration: Not required; join via Zoom at the designated time:
  • Yale School of Medicine Virtual Addiction Medicine Rounds: HEAL Initiative Yale Investigator Panel
    Date: Thursday, May 14, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Description: The Yale Program in Addiction Medicine is pleased to welcome several speakers representing Yale research projects funded under the NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiatives. Speakers will present on their work and take questions.
    Further Details
  • CIRA IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG): "Using Rapid Qualitative Methods to Improve HIV Test Uptake During Tuberculosis Home Visits in Uganda"
    Date: Fri, May 15, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Mari Armstrong-Hough, NYU School of Global Public Health
    Title: "Using Rapid Qualitative Methods to Improve HIV Test Uptake During Tuberculosis Home Visits in Uganda"
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (
    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    Attending by telephone: 203-432-9666, enter 8315705782
    Further Details
  • Webinar: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of Evidence-Based Quality Improvement of Comprehensive Women's Health Care Implementation in Low-Performing VA Facilities
    Date: Tuesday, May 19, 12:00–1:00 pm
    Description: Join speakers Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH, and Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH, in discussion.
    Further Details and Registration
  • Webinar: Navigating the NIH - A Webinar for Researchers Interested in DSD and Intersex Populations
    Date: Monday, June 1, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
    Description: This webinar is targeting researchers who are interested in conducting research on differences of sex development (DSD) and with intersex populations. The goals of this webinar are to increase understanding of the NIH structure and processes, enhance capacity to conduct sexual and gender minority research, and provide researchers with the opportunity to interact with NIH staff.
    Further Details and Registration
  • IAS–USA Virtual Update on HIV: Antiretroviral Therapy, New ART Drugs and Strategies, and the Intersection of COVID-19 and HIV
    Date: Monday, June 29, 10:00 am-3:15 pm
    Description: This new, first virtual CME course from the IAS–USA combines planned presentations from the postponed courses, including Los Angeles and San Francisco HIV update courses.
    Further Details and Registration
  • 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020)
    Date: July 6-10
    Description: AIDS 2020: Virtual will enable delegates to access and engage with the latest HIV science, advocacy and knowledge traditionally presented at the conference. It will be a compelling combination of virtual sessions and community networking, including exhibitions, workshops, the Global Village, satellites and pre-conferences, that will reach audiences around the world.
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Call for Submissions

  • Call for Papers: COVID-19 Conference
    Abstract due date: May 25, 2020
    Conference dates (virtual): July 10-11, 2020
    The International AIDS Society (IAS) will host a virtual COVID-19 Conference on breaking COVID-19 research, policy analysis and frontline experience. In recognition of the urgent need to analyse the latest science, policy and practice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual COVID-19 Conference will feature a free-of-charge, stand-alone programme of plenary, invited-speaker and abstract-driven sessions.
    - More information
    - Registration
  • Call for Papers: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (JSAT)
    JSAT seeks brief commentaries for a special section on the implications of COVID-19 for the present and future of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Ideally, these would be thought-provoking pieces that focus on where we are going as a field, both in terms of positive change and challenges, as we progress through this crisis. Submissions are accepted by June 15, 2020.
    Further Details
  • Call for Papers: Journal of Addiction Medicine
    Journal of Addiction Medicine seeks submissions of papers related to the effects of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) on people with substance use and/or addiction, that are consistent with the aims and scope of the Journal. Paper types are any the Journal accepts (Commentary, Letters, Original Research, see Instructions for Authors). All papers will be reviewed quickly and accepted manuscripts will be published soon after acceptance online only and in a rolling fashion.
    Further Details
  • Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD): "Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Population Health in Diverse Communities and Settings"
    Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) invites authors to submit manuscripts describing innovative and effective work that addresses factors contributing to health disparities and improvement of population health. PCD seeks manuscripts that provide timely information on effective ways to improve population health in a variety of settings through diverse and necessary partnerships and collaborations. Papers should be submitted for consideration on or before December 31, 2020.
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

Download a PDF compilation of active funding opportunities. Opportunities previously not listed are below.

HIV-Related Opportunities:

  • ViiV Healthcare's HIV & COVID-19: RFP for Research Projects
    Application Due Date: May 18, 2020, 12:00 am GMT
    Notification to awardees: June 5, 2020
    Further Details
  • Implementing the HIV Service Cascade for Justice-Involved Populations (U01 Clinical Trial Required)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): November 13, 2020
    Further Details

Other Opportunities:

  • Long-Term Effects of Disasters on Health Care Systems Serving Health Disparity Populations (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): standard dates apply (expiration date: May 8, 2023)
    Further Details
  • Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Application Due Date(s): Due dates may vary by awarding IC (expiration date: May 22, 2023)
    Further Details
  • PCORI Engagement Award Special Cycle: Supporting Engagement in and Dissemination of PCOR/CER in the Context of COVID-19
    Application Deadline: May 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET
    Further Details
  • PCORI COVID-19 Targeted PFA
    Application Deadline: May 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET
    Further Details
  • PCORI Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings – Cycle 2 2020
    Letters of Intent due: June 18, 2020, by 5:00 pm ET
    Application Deadline: August 31, 2020, by 5:00 pm ET
    Further Details
  • Advancing Research to Develop Improved Measures and Methods for Understanding Multimorbidity (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): standard dates apply (expiration date: September 8, 2023)
    Further Details
  • Identifying Innovative Mechanisms or Interventions that Target Multimorbidity and Its Consequences (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): standard dates apply (expiration date: September 8, 2023)
    Further Details



  • CDC Releases Two HIV Surveillance Reports
    CDC has published two new reports: Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018 (Updated) and Estimated HIV Incidence and Prevalence in the United States 2014–2018, as well as an AtlasPlus update that includes data from these reports. The reports and AtlasPlus update provide HIV diagnoses, diagnosed prevalence, and death data, along with estimated HIV incidence, prevalence, and knowledge of status through the year 2018.
  • Toolkit for Organizations to Improve HIV Outcomes through Data Sharing and Housing and Care Coordination
    A new toolkit offers lessons and insights on how more effective data sharing and coordination of housing and care services can improve outcomes for people with HIV. This resources was a collaborative effort developed by the RAND Corporation, and a product of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of HIV Housing (OHH). Read more about the toolkit highlights here.
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  • Webinar Recordings: COVID-19 and HIV: Lessons learned from healthcare workers around the world
    Two webinars organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS) were streamed on Tuesday, 21 April 2020, under the theme, COVID-19 and HIV: Lessons learned from healthcare workers around the world, featuring speaking representatives from Europe, Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, the Middle East, North and Latin America, and the Caribbean. The webinars are now available to watch and the slides can be downloaded.
    Further Details
  • UNAIDS COVID-19 and HIV Resources
    - Lessons from HIV prevention for preventing COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries
    - Condoms and lubricants in the time of COVID-19
    - Maintaining and prioritizing HIV prevention services in the time of COVID-19
  • NIH Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO)'s Research Resources
    This webpage contains resources for researchers seeking to conduct Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM)-related health research. These resources have been curated for both new/early and established investigators, and are not exhaustive.
    Learn More
  • Intimate Partner Violence COVID-19 Resources
    Safe Connect is a project of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) that was developed as a way to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to access information, resources and assistance.
    Learn More
  • International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC): COVID-19 and HIV
    IAPAC has developed an online "COVID-19 and HIV" resource repository that they encourage their clinician-members to access for the latest evidence-based guidance and information.
    Learn More

NOTE: All times expressed in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. All dates refer to 2020 unless otherwise noted.


Spotlight on CIRA

New England HIV Implementation Science Network-CANCELED

The New England HIV Implementation Science Network Symposium will not be held in May as originally planned. Further details will follow.

CIRA Interdisciplinary HIV Research Seminars

All meetings will be virtual only until further notice.

  • Future dates TBA

CIRA International HIV Research Seminar Series

All meetings will be virtual only until further notice.

  • Future dates TBA

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

All meetings will be virtual only until further notice.

  • Fri, May 15, Noon-1:30 pm: Mari Armstrong-Hough, NYU School of Global Public Health - "Using Rapid Qualitative Methods to Improve HIV Test Uptake During Tuberculosis Home Visits in Uganda"

CIRA Offers Career Development Consultations to Affiliated Junior Faculty and Postdocs

Career CompassTo further strengthen mentoring activities, CIRA's Development Core offers Career Development Consultations to affiliated junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows and associates. The consults provide an invaluable opportunity to receive tailored career advice from senior faculty at Yale, focusing on everything from the development of K awards to the right approach to getting published, and all set in an informal and confidential setting.

The next Career Development Consultations will be in Spring 2020. There will be two slots for this session, assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Katie Doucet for more information at

CIRA Peer Review Program

Peer ReviewAre you planning to submit a grant application? Do you have a manuscript in progress? Are you working on a presentation for a conference? Increase your chances for success by having your work peer-reviewed!

Why CIRA peer review? What are the benefits?

  • The spirit of our program is one of collegiality and respect; it is constructive rather than evaluative in nature
  • The investigator or author receives constructive feedback from a multidisciplinary group of colleagues with relevant expertise
  • It facilitates a discussion on how to communicate the content more clearly and effectively
  • The process allows the investigator or author to practice how to respond to reviewer feedback
  • The review sessions connect the investigator or author to a useful network for expanding knowledge and exploring potential collaborations across disciplines
  • It provides input on the relevancy of the proposal/manuscript/presentation to the funding agencies/mechanisms, journals, and audience

Email Katie Doucet ( for questions or to schedule a Peer Review session. Requests for peer review must be submitted 4 weeks prior to the requested review date.

Research Snapshot Series

Research Snapshot iconCIRA's Research Snapshot series features one page summaries of completed, peer reviewed and published studies conducted by our affiliated scientists. The summaries describe the reason for the study, the key findings, and implications for practice and policy, presented in plain language. Each of the briefs also include a link to a published article in a peer reviewed journal that derives from the featured study.

If you are a CIRA Affiliate and interested in submitting a brief for publication or just want to discuss the process, contact Pete Donohue,

Did you know our eBulletin is Archived?

Did you know? graphicFor your convenience, we have archived all issues of CIRA's eBulletin. No need to dig through your emails to find an old issue.
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CIRA is supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant No. P30MH062294.
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