With a new $3 million grant, researchers will measure and test how resilience may lead to better HIV-related outcomes

September 29, 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.

The ability of some HIV patients to succeed in management of their HIV despite the considerable adversity they face is reflective of a concept called “resilience.” With a new $3 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, a research team led by Brown University School of Public Health assistant professors Chanelle Howe and Akilah Dulin Keita intends to turn the concept into a novel, validated public health measure that may better reflect the experiences of HIV patients and inform new kinds of intervention. READ MORE