September 6, 2020

Dr. Outlaw secures funding to develop rapid in-home HIV testing program

Angulique Outlaw, Ph.D., associate professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Division of Behavioral Health, and the Wayne State University Prevention, or W’SUP, team have been awarded $100,000 in Ending the HIV Epidemic funding through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to develop, promote and pilot test an in-home rapid HIV testing program for high-risk individuals ages 18 to 34 in the city of Detroit and Wayne County.

The project will be managed by Monique Green-Jones, M.P.H., the W’SUP project manager, and will be promoted on social media platforms. Participants will work virtually with an HIV test counselor during in-home testing and the follow-up process or prevention or treatment planning. The project will officially launch Nov. 1 and will be implemented for one year.

The project will serve as a pilot for a larger multi-site project involving in-home rapid HIV testing for adolescents and young adults.

On Aug. 24, Dr. Outlaw was a presenter in the second of a four-part series webinar organized by The Effi Barry Training Institute. Dr. Outlaw’s presentation was titled “How to: Building and Conducting Community Based Participatory Research.”

The series invites participants to deep-dive into strategies and theories behind community-engaged work with populations affected by HIV. The series introduces participants to the nuance of community engagement and cultural humility, provides concrete examples of guiding principles for community-based participatory research, and guides participants in implementing the results in authentic and sustainable ways. The webinar encourages participants and organizations to explore ways to re-focus on community members as key partners and decision-makers, and to collaborate and innovate effectively with stakeholders while prioritizing them each step of the way.

Dr. Outlaw’s session discussed the rationale for a community-based participatory research approach in public health research; explained the process and challenges of forming and maintaining those partnerships; gave participants the importance of partnerships in the dissemination of research findings and community change; and taught how those practices can be applied to community engagement in HIV prevention, care and treatment programs.