Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center Core Research Project: H.A.P.P.Y (2014-2019)

The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center is one of a network of 26 academic research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The PRC theme is "Risk Reduction and Early Detection in African American and Other Minority Community-Coalitions for Prevention Research." This center’s research infrastructure is designed to conduct multi-interdisciplinary community-based research initiatives, train community-based researchers and public health practitioners, demonstrate the value of community coalitions in conducting research, and communicate and disseminate research findings and public health information widely to advance public health practice and improve health outcomes in communities.

The center’s core 2014-2019 research project, "A Multi-Method Approach to STI and HIV/AIDS Prevention among Urban Minority Youth," implemented a STI and HIV/AIDS prevention intervention with youths ages 14-18, residing the Neighborhood Planning Units serviced by the Prevention Research Center. The project sought to address evidence gaps in the intervention research and analysis, such as the effects of gender, and the effectiveness of multi-component interventions.

Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH, is principal investigator, Rhonda Holliday, PhD, is core research project principal investigator and LaShawn Hoffman is Community Coalition board chair.