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October 30, 2017 - Work2Prevent Announces Phase 1 Research Milestones

An ATN project, Work2Prevent, recently announced that it has completed its formative phase of intervention research and has accomplished additional milestones along the way.

To help reduce HIV infection among young men of color who have sex with men and among young transgender women of color, Work2Prevent leverages the health benefits of employment and economic stability on reducing adolescent and young adult HIV risk. The project focuses on youth ages 16-24. Work2Prevent is an innovative ATN-supported project launched by the University of Chicago’s Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3).

Work2Prevent has completed focus groups with 45 adolescent and young adult participants, including 26 young transgender women of color and 19 young men of color who are gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men.

As part of this formative work, in-depth interviews were conducted with 11 young transgender women/gender non-conforming participants and 10 young men of color who identified as gay, bisexual, or being a man who has sex with men. All participants were currently employed, under-employed, or unemployed.

To help understand the landscape of companies with diversity and inclusion goals, intercept interviews were also conducted with 19 employers. All employer interview subjects were attending a large LGBTQ job fair in Chicago.

This phase of Work2Prevent gathered important data to inform researchers on what economic factors can lead to increased risk for HIV infection among LGBTQ youth, as well as ways to potentially increase their job readiness and skills. Additionally, this data will directly inform the development of the Work2Prevent intervention learning objectives and curriculum. Work2Prevent will continue with additional interviews and focus groups and a stage testing of the intervention workbook.