CCHE's location within the University of Chicago allows us to move smoothly between research, public health, community intervention, and clinical practice. We combine research and service in one location which allows for efficient bidirectional translation. Research directly informs our practice and our practice informs the research. Our current research focuses on highly at-risk groups in the Chicago area, especially younger black men who have sex men (YMSM). The projects explore the ways that social networks influence HIV transmission patterns, how social support can affect an individual's HIV care, and how networks can be leveraged for transformative intervention.
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.