To build upon the success of the Center for the Evaluation of HIV Prevention Programs in Chicago (Evaluation Center), the EDIT Program‘s Evaluation Center Extension was funded to to evaluate PrEP demonstration projects, as well as Data to Care demonstration projects using surveillance data sources to identify persons not in HIV care. Both initiatives target men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons at substantial risk of acquiring HIV. The evaluation and demonstration projects are supported by the Chicago Department of Public Health through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Project PrIDE – PrEP, Implementation, Data to Care, and Evaluation.
The following grantee organizations are currently implementing PrEP and Data to Care demonstration projects:
- PrEP Implementation
- The CORE Foundation, a collaboration among Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, Austin CBC Initiative and Jorge Prieto Health Center
- Esperanza Health Centers, partnering with Project Vida
- Heartland Human Care Services, partnering with Provident Hospital
- Howard Brown Health, partnering with the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project and Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus
- Provident Hospital, partnering with Making A Daily Effort and the Coalition for Justice and Respect
- The University of Chicago’s Center for HIV Elimination
- Data to Care
In addition to providing technical assistance and capacity building for site-specific evaluation, the Evaluation Center Extension is conducting an overarching evaluation of all demonstration sites. Through collaboration with CDPH and funded organizations, the Evaluation Center Extension is developing and executing rigorous evaluation plans that focus on process, implementation, and outcome evaluations, including organizational network analyses. Through these evaluation activities, the project aims to inform public health practice and policy to promote health equity in Chicago’s most disadvantaged communities.
This project represents a continuation of the first time that the Chicago Department of Public Health has funded an external site to evaluate an array of HIV care and prevention projects in the city. The project launched in June 2016 and will continue until September 2018.
Principal Investigator: George J. Greene, Ph.D.
Co-Investigators: C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.; Amy K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.S.W; Gregory Phillips II, Ph.D., M.S.
Team Members: Christian Adames; Rachel Marro; Emma Reidy, M.P.H.; Juan Villamar, M.S.Ed. Funder: Chicago Department of Public Health