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LGBTQ Community Centers Vital to Mental Health Support, Yale School of Public Health Finds

LGBTQ flagIn surveys of 60 LGBTQ community centers across the United States, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health found that these venues provide critical frontline mental health services to a population that often faces stigma and a host of other challenges to their emotional well-being.

The research team, led by John Pachankis, Ph.D., the Susan Dwight Bliss Associate Professor of Public Health and director of Yale’s LGBTQ Mental Health Initiative, collaborated with CenterLink, a coordinating hub of LGBTQ community centers across the United States.

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REGISTER - CIRA Talk: "Adapting and Implementing Youth-Centered Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Mumbai, India: Considerations in the Context of COVID-19"

Panelists headshotsJoin us on Zoom for an international HIV/AIDS research seminar. Presentation will be followed by a discussion with panelists and a Q&A session with the seminar audience.

- Tuesday, May 25, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

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Biden-Harris Administration to Invest $7 Billion from American Rescue Plan to Hire and Train Public Health Workers in Response to COVID-19

White House logoAs part of its ongoing COVID-19 response efforts, the Biden-Harris Administration will invest $7.4 billion from the American Rescue Plan to recruit and hire public health workers to respond to the pandemic and prepare for future public health challenges.

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CIRA Introduces Funding Opportunities Database

Funding signpostDon't miss a chance to secure new funding. CIRA is pleased to introduce a new way for our community to search active HIV/AIDS-related funding opportunities. Among the searchable fields are Title, Type (Activity Code), Funding Organization, Posted Date and Application Due Date. Please feel welcome to submit any feedback or questions to

To access, click and bookmark the link below as CIRA continuously updates opportunities.


  • Virtual Grand Rounds: Systemic Racism and Prevention Science: Enhancing Social Justice to Achieve Health Equity
    Date: Tuesday, May 18, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Presenter: Pamela Rose Buckley and Karl Hill, University of Colorado Boulder
    Sponsor: Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and HIV
    Further Details and Registration
  • Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) Global Mental Health Promotion (GMHP) Seminar Series
    Date: Wednesday, May 19, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Speaker: Echezona Ezeanolue, MD, MPH, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Center for Translation and implementation Research (UNN-CTAIR)
    Further Details and Registration
  • Putting Research into Action Around the World
    Date: Thursday, May 20, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
    Further Details and Registration
  • The Definition of Insanity: Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion
    Date: Thursday, May 20, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Further Details and Registration
  • CIRA Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG): "Exploring Shifts in Parental Support Behaviors for Trans- and Non-binary Adolescents"
    Date: Friday, May 21, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Kelly Johnson
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (
    Further Details
  • HIV in the Time of COVID-19 Focus on the MENA
    Date: Saturday, May 22, 5:25 am-9:30 am
    - Further Details
    - Registration
  • CIRA Talk: "Adapting and Implementing Youth-Centered Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Mumbai, India: Considerations in the Context of COVID-19"
    Date: Tuesday, May 25, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Presenter: Marie Brault, PhD
    Moderator: Luke Davis, MD, MS
    Discussants: Nancy Reynolds, PhD, MS, RN and Jean Schensul, PhD
    Further Details and Registration
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing: A JIAS Six-part Webinar Series
    Date: Multiple between May and September 2021
    Further Details and Registration
  • Virtual Summit on the State of Health Equity Among Boys and Men of Color
    Date: June 8-10
    Keynote: Dr. Arthur Evans, Jr., CEO, American Psychological Association
    Description: This summit aims to ignite public discourse and action that will advance health equity, racial justice, and systems change for radical healing among boys and men of color.
    Further Details and Registration
  • National Academy of Medicine's Stigma of Addiction Summit
    Date: Thursday, June 10, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Further Details
  • Addressing HIV Disparities in Communities of Color: Patient and Provider Perspectives
    Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Intended Audience: HIV prevention and treatment team members - including physicians, NPs/PAs, pharmacists, nurses, and case managers.
    Further Details and Registration

Call for Submissions

  • Call for Abstracts: Addiction Health Services Virtual Research Conference 2021
    Abstract Submission Due Date: June 18, 2021
    Conference Dates: October 13-15, 2021
    Further Details
  • Call for Abstracts: US Conference on HIV/AIDS
    Abstract Submission Due Date: June 25 at 5:00 pm
    Conference Dates: October 28-31, 2021
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

Download an Excel spreadsheet compilation of active funding opportunities. Opportunities previously not listed are below.

  • Yale-SCORE on Sex Differences in Alcohol Use Disorder: 2021 Call for Pilot Funding
    Letters of Intent Due Date: June 15 at 5:00 pm
    Eligibility: Yale post-doctoral fellows and faculty with Yale appointments
    Further Details
  • Consortium for Innovative HIV/AIDS Vaccine and Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Open Date: May 7, 2021
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): August 4, 2021
    Further Details
  • NIMH Research Education Mentoring Program for HIV/AIDS Researchers (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Open Date: August 7, 2021
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): September 7, 2021
    Further Details
  • Limited Competition: Development and Renovation of Research Space for HIV/AIDS Research at Institutions Serving Underrepresented Populations or Located in Institutional Development Award (IDeA)-eligible States (C06 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Open Date: December 6, 2021
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): January 6, 2022
    Further Details



  • HIV Criminalization on AIDSVu
    AIDSVu is launching new data and comparison maps visualizing state-level HIV criminalization laws and HIV prosecution in partnership with the Center for HIV Law and Policy.
    Further Details
  • HIV-Related Stigma Research as a Priority at the National Institutes of Health
    This article provides an overview of NIH HIV stigma research efforts. Each NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs) articulates how their mission shapes their interest in HIV stigma research and provides a summary of ICO-relevant scientific findings.
    Further Details

NOTE: All times are expressed in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. All dates refer to 2021 unless otherwise noted.


Spotlight on CIRA

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

  • Fri, May 21, Noon-1:30 pm - Kelly Johnson: "Exploring Shifts in Parental Support Behaviors for Trans- and Non-binary Adolescents"

CIRA Talk: "Adapting and Implementing Youth-Centered Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Mumbai, India: Considerations in the Context of COVID-19"

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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CIRA is supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant No. P30MH062294.
Trace Kershaw, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
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