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How To Implement Contact Tracing That Works -- Without Exacerbating Health Inequities

HIV TestGiven the lack of available timely testing and containment for COVID-19, major efforts will be needed to safely relax the current guidance for social distancing. A key component of the needed response moving forward includes rapid scale-up of contact tracing. Informed by their experiences with contact tracing implementation for HIV and data revealing racial disparities as it relates to COVID-19 awareness, attitudes, and actions, researchers Dr. E. Jennifer Edelman (Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health), Christopher A. Cole (A Place to Nourish your Health (APNH)) and Dr. Marjorie S. Rosenthal (Yale School of Medicine) suggest the following be considered in planning and implementing contact tracing for COVID-19.

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New Center in Implementation Science Launched with University of Malaya

Malaysia on mapYale University and the University of Malaya (UM) in Kuala Lumpur have been awarded a multi-million dollar grant to establish the Malaysian Implementation Science Training (MIST) center to catalyze research and training through the Fogarty International Program at the National Institutes of Health. The program, expected to launch this fall, will train the next generation of researchers in implementation science and builds on 15 years of research collaboration between the two universities. Co-directors will be Frederick L. Altice, a Yale professor of medicine and public health, and Adeeba Kamarulzaman, dean of the faculty of medicine at UM.

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CIRA @ AIDS 2020: Virtual and COVID-19 Conference

AIDS 2020 logoCIRA researchers presented 24 abstracts at the 23rd International AIDS Conference and the inaugural COVID-19 Conference that were held last week (see updated listing). Registered AIDS 2020 attendees can catch up on with on-demand pre-conferences, satellites and conference sessions via until September 30, 2020. Session recordings and presentations from COVID-19 Conference are available for public at

A Shot to Protect Against H.I.V.

New Y-APT FellowsA single shot every two months prevents H.I.V. better than the most commonly used daily pill, Truvada, researchers reported on July 7, 2020. At the moment, Truvada and Descovy, made by Gilead Sciences, are the only drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for prevention of H.I.V. infection, a strategy called PrEP.

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  • Webinar: Understanding and Addressing Trauma and Violence in HIV Prevention and Treatment
    Date: Thursday, July 16, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
    Speakers: Laura K. Murray, PhD, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Conall O'Cleirigh, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Linnet Ongeri, MBChB, MMed (Psych), Kenya Medical Research Institute; Susan M. Meffert, MD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine; Teri Senn, PhD, National Institute of Mental Health
    Description: To date, there are few evidence-based interventions that address trauma or violence that have been shown to improve either HIV prevention or treatment outcomes. This webinar will focus on different intervention approaches that the speakers have utilized to address this gap in the literature.
    Further Details and Registration
  • Webinar: Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE): A Plan for America Stakeholder Webinar
    Date: Thursday, July 16, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Description: In this session, stakeholders will learn more about the Administration’s continued commitment to EHE, get updates on major HHS activities to date and plans for implementing the initiative, and engage in a question-and-answer session with federal officials.
  • Webinar: Relief, Recovery & Resilience: HIV, Aging and COVID-19
    Date: Thursday, July 16, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
    Speakers: Ronald Johnson, Stephen Karpiak, Carole Treston, Venita Ray
    Description: To provide information about COVID-19 and people aging with HIV and to help address community anxiety, AIDS United will convene a virtual roundtable discussion of HIV, aging, and infectious disease experts. This 60-minute discussion will be facilitated by AIDS United policy department staff and be immediately followed by a 30-minute Q&A opportunity.
  • Webinar: Opioid Prescribing in the COVID-19 Era
    Date: Friday, July 17, 12:00 pm-1 pm
    Speakers: Joanna L. Starrels, MD, MS, and Hector R. Perez, MD, MS, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center
    Description: At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to: describe how the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing affects guideline-recommended opioid prescribing practices, discuss person-centered interventions to reduce harms for patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain, and understand risks, benefits, and best practices for opioid tapering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CIRA IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG): "Conducting a qualitative research synthesis for implementation research: Approaches, methods, and other considerations"
    Date: Fri, July 17, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Yuka Asada, Institute for Health Research & Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Title: "Conducting a qualitative research synthesis for implementation research: Approaches, methods, and other considerations"
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (
    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    Attending by telephone: 203-432-9666, enter 8315705782
    Further Details
  • Webinar: Sex in the Time of COVID-19
    Date: Tuesday, July 21, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Speaker: Kenneth H. Mayer, MD, Fenway Health, Harvard Medical School
    Description: Discuss what constitutes safer sex during the COVID-19 pandemic, describe how to counsel patients about sexual practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, discuss about technological tools for patients and to maintain ongoing sexual health monitoring.
  • Webinar: Moving Your Behavioral Research Online
    Date: Monday, July 27, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Presenters: Jessica Bibeau, MA, PMP and Kaylei Arcangel, MS, UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media
    Description: This webinar will cover important considerations, online recruitment, IRB protocols modifications, data collection procedures, staff monitoring techniques and materials.
  • Webinar: Sexuality and Stigma - Culture, Identity, and Mental Health among High-Risk Men Who Have Sex with Men
    Date: Tuesday, July 28, 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
    Speaker: Frank Wong, PhD, The College of Nursing at Florida State University
    Moderator: Tamara Lewis Johnson, MPH, MBA, National Institute of Mental Health
    Description: This talk will cover a program of research on the sexual health among men who sell sex to other men in two countries: China and Tajikistan. The focus will be on how cultural mores (e.g., religion) and norms (e.g., gender role) as well as expectations associated with manhood (e.g., having a family) shape sexual identity and sexual expressions in these men and their effects on mental health.
    Further Details and Registration
  • Webinar Series: Working at the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health
    Dates: July 8 (recording available), August 12, September 9, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Description: This series, brought to you by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network and the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health, will introduce key issues at the intersection of intimate partner violence and mental health, and prepare mental health providers to better respond to the needs of individuals and families affected by intimate partner violence.
    Further Details and Registration
  • Virtual Workshop: NIH Inclusion Across the Lifespan II
    Dates: Wednesday, September 2
    Description: The goal of the workshop is to provide lessons learned regarding the inclusion of pediatric and older populations in clinical studies, with evidence-based practical advice to the scientific community. The workshop will bring together individuals with a variety of backgrounds in clinical study development and execution, with focus on pediatric and geriatric populations, and consideration of special populations (e.g. racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, rural/isolated populations, language minority individuals, pregnant and lactating women, people with co-morbidities, sexual and gender minorities, and other groups), across the life course.
    Further Details and Registration (free)

Call for Submissions

  • Call for Abstracts: 13th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health
    Abstract Submission Deadline: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET
    Conference Date: December 14-16, 2020
    Description: This year's conference theme is "Dissemination and Implementation Science in a Dynamic, Diverse, and Interconnected World: Meeting the Urgent Challenges of our Time."
    Further Details
  • Call for Proposals: Community-Based Research Centre Summit 2020
    Submission Due Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
    Conference Date: November 4-6, 2020
    Submissions may include, but are not limited to, short oral presentations, panels, workshops, roundtable discussions or community consultations.
    Further Details
  • Call for Papers: Global Mental Health and HIV Prevention and Care
    Submission Due Date: September 15, 2020
    The Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) has opened a call for papers for a new special issue to be published in conjunction with the 11th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2021). The intent of the supplement is to highlight recent advances in global mental health and HIV.
    Further Details
  • Call for Papers: A Recurring Section on the Role of Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Discrimination in the Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
    In an effort to improve health equity and eliminate racial disparities, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (JSAT) seeks original research, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses for a recurring section on the role of racial and ethnic disparities and discrimination in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, including alcohol, cannabis, illicit and prescription drugs, and nicotine. The goal of this recurring section is to amplify research that promotes health equity in substance use assessment and treatment.
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

Yale Opportunities:

  • Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Multidisciplinary Post-Doctoral Training Program
    Applications Due: July 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2020
    Further Details
  • Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Multidisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Training Program
    Applications Due: July 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    Further Details

HIV-Related Opportunities:

  • Tobacco Use and HIV in Low and Middle-Income Countries (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date: September 24, 2020
    Further Details
  • PrEP for HIV Prevention among Substance Using Populations (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): November 12, 2020
    Further Details

COVID-19-related Opportunities:

  • Gilead COVID-19 RFP Program: COMMIT
    Application Deadline: August 3, 2020T
    Further Details
  • RWJF Systems for Action: Supplemental Research on COVID-19 Response and Recovery
    Application Due Date: August 5, 2020
    Further Details
  • Mechanistic Studies of the Interaction between SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and Diseases and Organ Systems of Interest to NIDDK (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): December 16, 2020
    Further Details
  • Digital Healthcare Interventions to Address the Secondary Health Effects Related to Social, Behavioral, and Economic Impact of COVID-19 (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)
    Application Due Dates: August 20, 2020; December 2, 2020; March 2, 2021
    Further Details

Other Opportunities:

  • RWJF 2021 Culture of Health Prize
    Application Due Date(s): October 15, 2020
    Informational Webinar: August 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Registration)
    Further Details

Notice of Special Interest:

  • Utilizing Telemedicine or Other Remote-Based Platforms to Develop and Support Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
    First Available Due Date: October 05, 2020
    Expiration Date: January 08, 2024
    Further Details

Request for Information:

  • Inviting Input on NIDA’s Strategic Plan for 2021-2025
    Response Date: August 07, 2020
    Further Details



  • Podcast: Interview with Keosha Bond, EdD, MPH, Behavioral Scientist and Sexual Health Educator
    Dr. Keosha T. Bond, an Assistant Professor at New York Medical College and a former REIDS Scholar at Yale School of Public Health, joins host Dr. CH Huntley on the Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast to offer career advice to public health students and graduates.
    Further Details
  • Tips for Virtual Engagement during Pandemic
    The outbreak of COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges to researchers, including the need to shift in-person engagement activities to a virtual format. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)'s Engagement Tool and Resource Repository, a searchable, peer-to-peer pool of tips and resources, can provide inspiration to teams that need to maintain engagement activities while also observing safety protocols and social distancing ordinances. In this blog, three PCORI-funded researchers offer tips that can inform other research efforts during the pandemic.
    Further Details
  • US HIV Laws and Prosecutorial Tools
    This resource, published in June 2020 by the Center for HIV Law and Policy, is a detailed but concise snapshot of the federal and state laws used to prosecute people living with HIV (PLHIV), viral hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases in the military and in all U.S. states and territories.
    Further Details

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


Spotlight on CIRA

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

All meetings will be virtual only until further notice.

  • Fri, July 17, Noon-1:30 pm: Yuka Asada, Institute for Health Research & Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, "Conducting a qualitative research synthesis for implementation research: Approaches, methods, and other considerations"

COVID-19 and HIV Resources

Coronavirus microscopeCIRA has launched a webpage that provides a wide range of resources surrounding COVID-19 and HIV. The webpage will be updated regularly as new information and materials become available. The resources include COVID-19-related funding opportunities, call for papers, research tools and guidance, and many more. Contact Dini Harsono ( for questions or comments about the web page.

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,

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