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Seed award will fund research exploring association of greenspace with mental and physical health among pregnant women

By examining the relative contributions of varying measures of green space exposure hypothesized to be associated with mental and physical health during pregnancy, investigators hope to develop the types of assessments that capture the relevant environmental features that will permit a better understanding of the mechanisms that underpin associations between greenspace exposure and birth outcomes.

Working with houses of worship to reduce social suffering of HIV in the South

[From Opinion, The New York Times, Nov. 21, 2019]

The Center for Health Equity Research's Dr. Amy Nunn is among those working with faith communities in the South to reduce the stigma of H.I.V., with an eye to the social and structural factors that drive the epidemic.

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Rhode Island's first LGBT-centered health clinic to open soon

From Providence Monthly, November 1, 2019

“Rhode Island is one of 13 states in the union that doesn’t have an LGBT health clinic that focuses on serving the LGBT population as a core function of its mission,” says Executive Director Dr. Amy Nunn. The medical director of the clinic, Dr. Philip Chan, echoes her remarks, saying that many times LGBT Rhode Islanders would go to Boston to receive care. Now, they can get the care they need in their home state.

Q & A with new faculty member Dr. Shira Dunsiger

Shira I. Dunsiger, PhD, joined the Center for Health Equity Research on October 1, having previously served as a research scientist/statistician at The Miriam Hospital. Already a familiar face from her collaboration on projects with Brown Medical School and Brown School of Public Health, she is a welcome addition to the Center. Here she shares some background on her public health interests and current work.

Biello to receive NIH sexual & gender minority early stage investigator award

Katie Biello, PhD, MPH, has been selected to receive a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual & Gender Minority Early Stage Investigator Award. As described by the NIH Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO), Biello’s work demonstrates both contemporary achievement in and a commitment to multiple areas of SGM-related health research.

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First HIV prevention trial targeting young transgender women reduces unprotected sex

News from Brown, August 14, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Young transgender women are at high risk of acquiring HIV, yet no randomized clinical efficacy trials focused on reducing risks targeting this group have been published.

Until now.

Williams' research featured in story on the pleasure and the pain of working out

Research by David M. Williams, a clinical psychologist and professor at Brown University, and his colleagues has shown that how you feel during exercise predicts both current and future physical activity levels.

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Study examines role of ‘resilience’ among African Americans living with HIV

News from Brown, September 26, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —  With studies showing that African Americans living with HIV disproportionately struggle to remain in care and maintain suppressed HIV RNA levels, a team of public health researchers will look for solutions in a new way: They will systematically and rigorously identify the resources that successful patients draw upon to overcome the pervasive pitfalls that hinder others.