HU CFAR Community Engaged Research Program (CERP)

The HU CFAR Community Engaged Research Program (CERP) mission is to support clinical research recruitment and retention and ensure that new and recent research findings are shared with patients and other clinicians as soon as possible. CERP activities are facilitated and coordinated by Wanda Allen


Collaboration: With community-based organizations as well as federal, state and city governmental agencies on educational symposia to include participation from diverse populations to solve complex or difficult problems as they relate to the continuum of care and treatment of HIV. The HU CFAR Community Engaged Research Program has partnered with many organizations including:

National and Local Partners/Partnerships

  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Charles St. AME Church- Health Committee
  • Clear Health Alliance, FL
  • Community Research Institute of MA
  • Division of Global Public Health/Dept. of Medicine, UCSD
  • Greater Love Tabernacle Church- HIV Services Department
  • Harvard University Center for AIDS Research
  • Harvard University- FAS (Undergraduate & Graduate students)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts Department of Health- Office of HIV/AIDS
  • Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Headquarters Health Department
  • New England HIV Education Consortium / New England AIDS Education and Training Center
  • The District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research
  • The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health
  • The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • The Penn Center for AIDS Research
  • Urban League Boston
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services- Region 1
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Office on Women's Health
  • Victory Programs- Boston Living Center

May 10, 2013 Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Annual Minority AIDS Initiative HIV/AIDS Summit

March 26, 2016 Julia Tripp, Millions of Women Sexual Assault Movement Round Table

November 28, 2015 Larry Day, Moderator for Panel Discussion, play by Julia Tripp titled “You gave me what?”


Collaborative Community Projects with the Harvard Global Health Institute-

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)/ Summer Undergraduate Research in Globe Health (SURGH)

Summer 2017
Research Project: A Qualitative Assessment of HIV Prevention and Care in Boston CHCs.

Summer 2016
Research Project:  Safety Net Reboot: Improving HIV and Sexual Health Education for Boston-Area Adolescents: Rebooting the Safety Net Behavioral Intervention

Summer 2015

Research project:  Start with the Youth”: Evaluation of a Community-Based HIV Prevention Pilot Program for Boston Youth
Manuscript: Melinda Song (summer intern)

September 2014 – June 2015

Harvard Global Health Institute/ Harvard University Center for AIDS Research - Community Youth Engagement via Media and Social Network Messaging

 In co-sponsorship with the Harvard Global Health Institute, this Project developed and implemented an HIV/AIDS educational seminar on the global impact of the HIV epidemic for Boston area high school students participating in local youth programs.

Summer 2014

Research Project: Assessing the Challenges that Exacerbate Health Disparities in At-Risk Youth Population in Boston Area



Presentation to the HU CFAR Executive Committee (7/31/2014)

  • Titled: “Assessing the Challenges that Exacerbate Health Disparities in At-Risk Youth Population in Boston Area: A Qualitative Pre-investigation on HIV/AIDS” - 

Summer 2012

Pilot Community Program: