MARI Successes

Selected Publications (from all Rounds)

  • Camacho-Gonzalez A.F., Gillespie S.E., Thomas-Seaton L., Frieson K., Hussen S., Murray A., Gaul Z., Leong T., Graves C., Sutton M.Y., and Chakraborty R. (2017). The Metropolitan Atlanta community adolescent rapid testing initiative study: Closing the gaps in HIV care among youth in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  AIDS. 31:S267-S275. doi:10.1097/QAD.0000000000001512
  • Estrada, Y., Molleda, L., Murray, A., Drumhiller, K., Tapia, M., Sardinas, K., Rosen, A., Pantin, H., Perrino, T., Sutton, M., Cano M.A., Dorcius, D., Muhamad J.W., and Prado, G. (2017). eHealth Familias Unidas: Pilot study of an internet adaptation of an evidence-based family intervention to reduce drug use and sexual risk behaviors among Hispanic adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14(264):1-15. doi:10.3390/ijerph14030264
  • Hickson, D.A., Truong, N.L., Smith-Bankhead, N., Sturdevant, N., Duncan, D.T., Schnorr, J., Gipson, J.A., and Mena, L.A. (2015). Rationale, design, and methods of the ecological study of sexual behaviors and HIV/STI among African American men who have sex with men in the Southeastern United States (The MARI Study). PLoS ONE. 10(12):e0143823. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143823
  • Rodríguez-Díaz, C., Jovet-Toledo, G., Ortiz-Sánchez, E., Rodríguez-Santiago, E., & Vargas-Molina, R. (2015). Sexual health and socioeconomic-related factors among HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Puerto Rico. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 44(7):1949-1958. doi:10.1007/s10508-015-0481-9
  • Wilson, P., Nanin J., Amesty, S., Wallace, S., Cherenack, E., and Fullilove R. (2014). Using syndemic theory to understand vulnerability to HIV infection among Black and Latino men in New York City. Journal of Urban Health. 91(5):983-998. doi:10.1007/s11524-014-9895-2
  • Brown, E.J., Thomas, P., Willis, L.A., and Sutton, M.Y. Recruitment strategies to engage African American men in HIV testing randomized controlled trials in the rural southern United States. (2014). Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 25(6):670-674. doi:11016/j.jana.2014.06.006
  • Prado, G., Pantin, H., Huang, S., Cordova, D., Tapia, M.I., Velazquez, M.R., Calfee, M., Malcolm, S., Arzon, M., Villamar, J. and Jimenez, G.L. (2012). Effects of a family intervention in reducing HIV risk behaviors among high-risk Hispanic adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 166(2):127-133. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.189
  • Cunningham, C., Li, X., Ramsey, K., and Sohler, N. (2007). A comparison of HIV health services utilization measures in a marginalized population self-report versus medical records. Medical Care. 5(3):264-268. doi:10.1097/01.mlr.0000250294.16240.2e
  • Cunningham, C. O., Sanchez, J. P., Heller, D. I., & Sohler, N. L. (2007). Assessment of a medical outreach program to improve access to HIV care among marginalized individuals. American Journal of Public Health. 97(10):1758-1761. doi:10.2105/Ajph.2006.090878

Selected Presentations (from all Rounds)

  • Rowan, D. Shears, J., Johnson, D., Gibbs, M., Junious, E., Harris, D., Covington, G. Lubricant use during anal sex by young black MSM and transgender women who have sex with men in North and South Carolina. National HIV Prevention Conference 2015. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Hickson, D.A., Mena, L., Sturdevant, N., Smith-Bankhead, N., Truong, N., Gipson, J., Elmore, K., Willis, L., Sutton, M.Y. Understanding the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) ‘Riskscapes’ of Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in the Southeastern United States (U.S.). American Public Health Association 2014. New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Estrada, Y., Rosen, A., Tapia, M., Prado, G., Pantin, H., Willis, L., Sutton, M.Y. Internet adaptation of an HIV and substance use prevention intervention for Hispanic families. American Public Health Association 2014. New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Ortiz-Sanchez, E.J., Rodriguez, Diaz, C.E., Jovet-Toledo, G.G., Santiago, Rodriguez, E.I., Vargas-Molina, R.L. Sexual health knowledge and stigma among HIV-positive gay men and other MSM in a highly stigmatized context. AIDS 2014. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Camacho-Gonzalez, A., Wallins, A., Toledo, L., Murray, A., Gaul, Z., et al. Key Elements for venue-based HIV-testing and linkage to care for adolescent and young adults in Metropolitan Atlanta. AIDS 2014. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Foster, P. Recruitment of rural African American churches into an HIV/AIDS stigma-reducing clinical trial in Alabama. APHA 2013. Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Reason, J.L., Jemmott, L., Wingood, G.M., Akom, A., Quintus, C., Brooks, K., Mack, N., Brawner, B.M. Contextual factors related to HIV/STIs among heterosexually-active black adolescents with mental illness. American Public Health Association 2013. Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Washington, S. Young, A.T. African American Participation in HIV Preventive Clinical Trials—A Preliminary Examination of Willingness to Participate in HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials and the Impact of HIV Vaccine and Other Clinical Trial Knowledge on Willingness. AIDS Vaccine 2006. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Sanchez, J., Chitwood, D., Koo, D., Rojas, C., Fitzpatrick, L. Prevalence of Hepatitis C among a cohort of Hispanic injection drug users. American Sociological Association 2006. Montreal, Canada.
  • Raj, A. History of Incarceration and Gang Involvement is Associated with Recent STD/HIV Diagnosis in Black. American Public Health Association 2006. Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Arreola, S., Campbell, C., Hall, , Jackson, B., Molina, E., Sarche, J, Buchbinder, S., Oxendine, S., McLellan-Lemal, E. Developing New Recruitment Strategies for Increasing Participation of African Americans and Latinos in HIV Vaccine Trial. AIDS Vaccine 2006. Amsterdam Netherlands.

Publications about the MARI Program

  • Sutton, M.Y., Lanier, Y.A., Willis, L.A., Castellanos, T., Dominguez, K., Fitzpatrick, L. and Miller, K.S. (2013). Strengthening the network of mentored, underrepresented minority scientists and leaders to reduce HIV-related health disparities. American Journal of Public Health. 103(12): 2207-2214. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301345
  • Fitzpatrick, Lisa K., Madeline Sutton, and Alan E. Greenberg. (2006). Toward eliminating health disparities in HIV/AIDS: the importance of the minority investigator in addressing scientific gaps in Black and Latino communities. Journal of the National Medical Association. 98(12):1906-1911.

Quotes from Grantees

  • The MARI program is like a family, they are all friendly, supportive and ALWAYS willing to help. I am honored to be part of this group. Andres Camacho-Gonzalez, Round 3
  • The MARI program has facilitated work with and for my community in times when we are documenting an increase in HIV incidence and significant challenges for retention in care. The collaborations built and the mentorship experiences gained are incommensurable. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz, Round 3
  • I have had the pleasure to receive a MARI grant and to serve as the mentor for a MARI recipient. Thus, MARI has played a pivotal role in not only launching my research program with Hispanic youth and their families, but also in assisting me to sharpen my skills as a mentor. MARI has also given me the opportunity to interact and learn from wonderful CDC program staff and fellow MARI recipients from across the country. I am grateful to the MARI program for its contributions to my professional development. Guillermo (“Willy”) Prado, Round 2
  • The MARI program was a critical step in my career. My experience absolutely facilitated my transition into becoming an independent investigator. In addition, colleagues who were simultaneously funded were an important network. Working with the CDC was eye opening and helped me continue my collaboration with federal agencies. Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, Round1