Evaluating HIV Care

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Professor Donny Gerke partnered with Washington University in St. Louis to evaluate and analyze their WithU Peer Navigator program. We believe the research and ingenuity achieved by collaborating with partners like Washington University is essential as we work to influence policy and develop innovative solutions to improve outcomes in a variety of settings.

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About the Project

The primary focus of this project was to analyze the WithU Peer Navigator program. Specifically, we reviewed the effectiveness of standard HIV treatments in concert with the peer navigator in comparison with only the standard treatments. The sample was made up of a group of young black men who have sex with men, are living with HIV and are at risk for poor outcomes.

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Donny Gerke

Donny Gerke is an assistant professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work. His research focuses on advancing health equity and promoting wellness among marginalized populations, with a particular emphasis on mental health, substance use and misuse, and other determinants of health disparities and risk behavior in vulnerable populations, particularly LGBTQ+ populations.