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September 19, 2018 - ATN 151: Work 2 Prevent Video

Learn more about the Work 2 Prevent project in this short video. Work 2 Prevent is a novel intervention that examines how increased economic stability and a decrease in risk behaviors can help prevent HIV in young men who have sex with men and transgender women of color, ages 16-24.

The video features Kris Rosentel, project manager for Work 2 Prevent; Darnell Motley, the site principal investigator for Work 2 Prevent; and Brandon Hill, the principal investigator for Work 2 Prevent.

A transcript of the video is included below.


Hello, my name is Darnell Motley. I am the site PI (principal investigator) for Work 2 Prevent, and I am currently a research professional at the University of Chicago.

I’m Kris Rosentel, I’m the project manager for Work 2 Prevent at the University of Chicago.

Brandon Hill, from the University of Chicago and the principal investigator for the Work 2 Prevent project.

So, Work 2 Prevent I would say is our attempt to help young LGBT individuals, well, to help young transgender women and gay and bisexual men of color to prevent HIV through improving their financial stability. So we know that not having a good job, a stable job, is a risk factor for HIV. It puts you at risk for not having insurance. It also may put you at risk of having to engage in sex work. So, our goal is to be able to help folks have the job skills they need to get secure employment and to keep that secure employment.

I was motivated to develop the Work 2 Prevent project after spending several years in adolescent HIV research looking at other external factors that would contribute to HIV. In fact, with the growing rates of HIV that were experienced among adolescents of color, particularly sexual and gender minorities, I thought it was important to look at structural and social factors that may contribute to this.

Employment and economic stability are really linked to health outcomes, because it affects someone’s ability to access health care, the kinds of behaviors they have to engage with to actually make money including sex work or relying on sexual partners for money. And so there really is a linkage between these outcomes.

This project allows us to move employment and economic security as the focal point for an HIV intervention, which is very novel, but it also gives us an opportunity to tackle a major structural issue that contributes to HIV.

I think for me being a part of the ATN and having this project come out of the ATN has been very rewarding in that we get insight and perspective from some of the leading people in the entire field of adolescent HIV. If this was a standalone project, I don’t think that the project would be nurtured in the same way without having those perspectives and without having the leaders in the field at the table and offering all of that valuable information.

So, our hope through the Work 2 Prevent project is that this is a stepping stone, right now being an early development intervention, that now will become scaled up once we show that it’s acceptable and feasible, hopefully in a multi-site or perhaps across the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV, and that we can look at the efficacy and the potential impact for employment on reducing risk for HIV among adolescents.


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