Syndemic HIV/AIDS Research and Education for Haiti (S.H.A.R.E. Haiti) is a training program funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) providing a unique international, inter-institutional and multidisciplinary approach to HIV research education. The University of South Florida (USF) will collaborate with the Université d’Etat d’Haiti (UEH) to strengthen the research infrastructure in Haiti. The goal is to develop infrastructure support for innovative research education and capacity-building of social and behavioral faculty/scholars at UEH to conduct research that informs scientifically sound and culturally-relevant HIV prevention, care and treatment to Haitian youth in their local communities. S.H.A.R.E. Haiti will avail resources needed to mitigate the consequences of HIV/AIDS among youth in Haiti, increase the number of highly qualified HIV scholars there, and create sustainable partnerships for submission of proposals to NIH and other funding sources that ultimately improve the health of Haitians.
S.H.A.R.E. Haiti’s goals are to:
1 – Develop infrastructure at UEH and strengthen capacity of UEH faculty/scholars to conduct research addressing issues of HIV prevention, care, and treatment of Haitian youth in their local communities.
2 – Using Syndemics as the guiding theory, the interdisciplinary efforts will provide for a team education and mentoring program that prepares UEH Scholars to conduct research and develop interventions on issues of adolescent HIV, specifically biopsychosocial and structural factors that increase HIV risk. The program will:
- Provide equipment and computing assistance (e.g., computers, software) at UEH.
- Enhance the capacity of the Vice Rector of Research at UEH to create an Administrative Office of Sponsored Research that will provide support for developing grant applications.
- Provide training in human subjects protection and ensure implementation of appropriate safeguards and registrations for conduct of US-funded research in Haiti.
3 – Evaluate the impact of S.H.A.R.E. Haiti on UEH scholars with regard to the learning outcomes and career trajectories of participants, the implementation of significant and innovative research in community settings, and new collaborative research efforts among academic researchers and clinical practitioners in community settings, by examining:
- Enhance research skills of UEH Scholars to develop pilot projects that are meaningful to the local community and that can evolve into larger-scale projects, in collaboration with USF scientists and others.
- Enhance the capacity of UEH Scholars to disseminate research findings to local community partners and through peer-reviewed scholarly publications.
- Perceived effectiveness of and satisfaction with the training program.
- Self-reported, objective changes in Scholar knowledge of research methods and ethics.
- Changes in Scholar skills/behaviors on subsequent research activity.
- Long-term impact of S.H.A.R.E. Haiti on Scholar careers and research productivity.