Our centers are comprised of multi-disciplinary teams of investigators working in partnership with consumers, advocates, and policymakers to conduct policy-relevant research that strengthen local, state, and national HIV. This research produces new knowledge that can be applied to improve prevention and care services for affected persons and populations.
The work of the research centers focuses on a “rapid response,” which entails short-term research projects designed to quickly address questions that emerge in a dynamic health policy environment. Projects have included modeling potential state AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) savings by supporting HIV patient enrollment in federally-supported Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Pools (PCIPs); and conducting a cost-benefit analysis of enhanced surveillance efforts on federal funding for California.
Emily Arnold, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and an investigator with the Northern California AIDS Policy Research Center. A medical anthropologist by training, Dr. Arnold has led several rapid response studies since 2009, examining the impact of California’s state budget cuts on HIV prevention services, documenting barriers and facilitators to the implementation of PrEP for members of sexual and ethnic minority communities in California, and the investigating the provision of health care insurance to low income individuals living with HIV in California. More recently, she has been involved in a study on the integration of mental health and HIV-related service provision for individuals living with HIV in California. Dr. Arnold also has a robust program of research dedicated to developing and testing HIV prevention interventions for African American gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.