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Support for PrEPared & Strong Study(NYC-1)

June 1, Length: 2-3 Months

Location: New York, NY

PrEPared & Strong seeks to recruit Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) for a study involving preventive treatment for HIV, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). The study is being conducted in collaboration with Harlem United, which will offer medical services to participants. For those who are found to be HIV-uninfected, the study offers novel interventions to improve adherence to PrEP. The study will compare the effectiveness of an “enhanced” PrEP adherence package versus a standard PrEP adherence package, assess patterns and correlates of PrEP adherence, and monitor for changes in risk behavior among participants taking PrEP. The enhanced package seeks to combine education about PrEP with social engagement in the form of peer support and support groups in order to influence the ability to adhere to PrEP. In addition, the enhanced strategy will utilize SMS messaging reminders and social media support and information groups.

Scope of Work
During the practicum, the student will work closely with the PrEPared & Strong team to support study implementation, including but not limited to the following:

  • Greet potential and enrolled participants at the study site and navigate them through study procedures when needed
  • Conduct eligibility screening procedures
  • Assist in participant retention activities
  • Maintain study files to ensure confidentiality and accessibility
  • Assist in compilation and presentation of study data
  • Participate in regular study meetings and trainings
  • Assist in summarizing data and preparation of presentations for scientific meetings
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Qualifications

Minimum:

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Flexible, open-minded, and able to easily adapt to new challenges

Preferred:

  • Community-based outreach experience
  • Experience conducting outreach in, or familiarity with, Gay/MSM venues and communities
  • Experience working with diverse, medically underserved, high-risk populations and communities
  • Demonstrated experience working in teams and independently, and exercising initiative and discretion when handling confidential information
  • Demonstrated and successful experience managing multiple priorities under pressure
  • Effectively maintains professional boundaries in diverse public settings
  • Previous experience working with and employing recruitment and retention strategies in programs or research studies
  • Knowledge of New York City communities of MSM