CHDS faculty Nicolas Menzies (PI) and HSPH researcher Minttu Rönn (Co-investigator) are recipients of the Dean’s Fund for Scientific Advancement (DFSA) Incubation Award at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The DFSA expands the School’s internal research funding program and to create a pipeline of support for the exploration of early ideas, the development of strong interdisciplinary team science, and the creation of new research collaborations that advance the frontiers of science.
Menzies and Rönn’s proposed work evaluates the feasibility of the “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America” (EHE), a federal effort to reduce HIV incidence in the United States by 90% by 2030. To reach the EHE goals, resources are invested to scale up HIV prevention and treatment. Monitoring progress uses multiple HIV-specific indicators such as incidence, diagnoses, viral suppression, and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) coverage.
Menzies and Rönn will examine geographic heterogeneity in potential to reach the EHE goals using a combination of statistical and mechanistic modeling frameworks. In addition to examining core indicators, they will evaluate the role that social and structural determinants contribute to geographical differences in ability to reach the EHE targets.