Research Mob

You’ve heard of Flash Mobs and Cash Mobs. How about a Research Mob? The Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) at Case Western Reserve University recently conducted the first ever Research Mob. Their project tested whether a “research mob” founded on Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles can serve as an effective way to harvest and disseminate meaningful research about a specific health challenge with high relevance to the community, and which is characterized by disparity in epidemiology, access to care, or clinical end-points. Since HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are characterized by disparate epidemiology and access to care, and since access to and utilization of condoms is a primary public health strategy for reducing incidence of STIs including HIV, the CRHD elected to focus on condom access in Cleveland neighborhoods. How accessible are latex condoms in key Cleveland neighborhoods? Click below for the results of the 5 hour study.

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