On February 4-5, 2011 CHRS held a retreat for its Bill & Melinda Foundation funded Project Parivartan. The retreat brought together colleagues from American University, and other project affiliates to discuss the nature of the project, data that has been collected, and brainstorm ideas for collaboration around data analysis and publication. The first day of the retreat involved presentations by the following two officials from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who provided extended introduction on the Avahan India AIDS Initiative, which supports Project Parivartan.
Topic: Covering High Risk Populations in India, the Avahan Experience
Talk by: Gina Dallabetta, MD, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Topic: Community Mobilization and Health: Strategy, Measurement, and Results Talk by: Tisha Wheeler, MPH, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The first day of the retreat saw participation of several AU colleagues from the Sociology Department, the School of International Service, and the School of Public Administration. The Provost Scott A Brass and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Peter Starr, also participated in the talks.
The second day of the retreat brought together faculty to discuss new questions/themes/topics related to Project Parivartan and explore ideas for future collaboration. Besides several AU faculty from the Sociology Department, SPA, and SIS, the retreat also saw participation of faculty affiliates from Duke University, The George Washington University as well as colleagues from International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).
SHARRPP Retreat, May 9-10, 2011
On May 9-10, CHRS held a retreat for its NIDA funded project SHARRPP (Structures, Health And Risk among Re-entrants, Probationers, and Partners). Data collection on this project is taking place in New Haven, CT. The retreat offered an opportunity for colleagues from AU’s Sociology Department, SIS, WCL, Yale and Howard University to come together and discuss plans for future data collection activities and avenues for collaboration.