OUR PARTNER

OUR PARTNER

APLA has teamed-up with the Center for HIV Identification Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) from the University of California Los Angeles to create Shared Action and Shared ActionHD. This partnership bridges APLA�s CBA experience with CHIPTS�s research expertise to form one of the strongest strategies towards advancing CBOs� and health departments� capacities to support, implement, and/or evaluate the implementation of DEBIs.

Center for HIV Identification Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS)

Uyen Kao
Associate Director of Interventions

Ms. Kao is the Associate Director for the Intervention Core of the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services, which is an NIMH funded prevention research center that provides technical and capacity building assistance to scientists and diverse stakeholders. She has worked in the HIV prevention field for over 10 years in both research and community based settings. She is also the Project Director for the Los Angeles site of a NIDA funded substudy to determine the long-term health effects of MA use among MSM in the Multicenter Cohort Study (MACS) and manages the UCLA Data and Safety Monitoring Board for Addiction Medicine.

Ronald Brooks, PHD
Senior Public Administrative Analyst

Dr. Brooks is currently serving as the Senior Public Administrative Analyst for CDC-funded Capacity Building Assistance programs. Dr. Brooks is a social behavioral scientist whose research focuses on the acceptability of biomedical HIV prevention strategies among men who have sex with men. His most recent research study examined acceptability and uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention among HIV serodiscordant gay couples. Dr. Brooks has also examined longitudinal changes in sexual risk behaviors among men who have sex with men in Los Angeles County and social discrimination issues impacting HIV detection and prevention among Latino populations.

Keisha McCurtis, MPH
CBA Advisor

Ms. McCurtis is a Senior Community Health Program Representative. She has worked extensively with the sex worker community, both in the United States and in Latin America. Her interests include social justice, human rights-based approaches to HIV prevention through research, advocacy, and training. She is also the Project Director for the Intervention Core of the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services, which is an NIMH funded prevention research center that provides technical and capacity building assistance to scientists and diverse stakeholders.