CCHE relies on an interdisciplinary team of physicians, researchers, social workers, and community-based organizers to implement strategies for HIV elimination including testing, prevention, and treatment.
The range of expertise held by the CCHE team reflects our belief that strategies to halt the HIV epidemic must involve a range of disciplines not confined to medicine and public health. Our leadership, faculty, staff, and students are drawn from all corners of the University including the Biological Sciences Division, the College, the School of Social Service Administration, the Booth School of Business, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, the Law School, the Human Rights Program, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), and the Urban Health Initiative.
CCHE’s leadership comprises a team of researchers, physicians, and social workers whose aspirations and accomplishments exemplify the goals of this organization. Director Dr. John Schneider researches and implements methods for employing existing social networks to prevent new HIV transmission events. Co-Director Dr. David Pitrak was one of the first providers of HIV care at the University of Chicago and, as the Principal Investigator of the Expanded HIV Testing and Linkage to Care program, continues to establish HIV care in medically underserved populations. Dr. Alida Bouris, Co-Director, develops family-based interventions to prevent the spread of HIV and STIs in Latino and African American young men. Co-Director Dr. Dexter Voisin examines the negative impact of community violence on social and health outcomes including the spread of HIV.
The Expanded HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Program (xTLC) institutes routine testing programs in disproportionately affected populations in Chicago. We collaborate with community-based organizations and hospitals to ensure that HIV testing and subsequent linkage to care becomes a standard and unstigmatized part of health care.