The Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS), funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, leverages world class science to combat HIV globally, in partnership with communities, families, and individuals impacted by the pandemic. Strategies for integrating, promoting, and diffusing HIV detection, prevention, and care is our primary mission. Investigators from UCLA, Friends Research Institute, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and research and community partners globally collaborate to achieve CHIPTS’ mission. CHIPTS creates opportunities for scientific leadership, expertise, and infrastructure to be leveraged to create, understand, and evaluate: 1) structural & community level interventions; 2) models of adaptation & adoption of efficacious interventions; 3) strategies to reduce disparities for scientists, nations, communities, & individuals; and 4) research agendas that integrate behavioral, biomedical, & technological intervention strategies. The CHIPTS community promotes cutting edge science; networks and builds capacity of scientists, advocates, policy makers, and consumers.
CHIPTS offers a range of services including consultation on the development of new research projects and assistance with obtaining funds for these initiatives. CHIPTS provides technical assistance in HIV program development and evaluation and sponsors an annual conference for developing researchers to present their work. In addition, the Center hosts an annual policy forum for researchers, government officials, and the HIV community to discuss emerging HIV policy issues, as well as hosts a research colloquia series.
To accomplish this mission, six Cores support the design, implementation, and evaluation of existing funded projects and assist in the development of new research protocols focused on communities, systems-of-care, service providers, and individuals at risk.