Message from our Director, Dr. Nabila El-Bassel

On World AIDS Day 2018, “Know Your Status” really is a matter of status -- particularly among this group of individuals.

The Social Intervention Group (SIG) -- Dr. Nabila El-Bassel and her colleagues Drs. Louisa Gilbert, Elwin Wu and Tim Hunt -- are excited to announce the creation of a wide Columbia university multidisciplinary collaboration to bring different perspectives and approaches to address the opioid epidemic. Dr. El-Bassel, a leading expert on the opioid epidemic, recently assembled this group of scientists from different disciplines to address the opioid epidemic in New York State, which has the second highest increase in heroin and prescription opioid-related deaths.

Drs. Nabila El-Bassel and Anindita Dasgupta presented and heard stories of gender inequality -- from all ends of the earth -- about violence against women, child marriage, sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, HIV infection, and negative sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Dasgupta walked away with one key message: Gender inequality exists for every girl and woman in some capacity at some point in their lives, whether in Mumbai, the Middle East, or Manhattan.

The E-WORTH protocol is for research scientists, community healthcare providers, and academics interested in a detailed description of an evidence-based multimedia intervention designed to reduce risks for HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and intimate partner violence among African American women who use drugs and are under community supervision in New York.

Read more about the study and one of the women who implemented E-WORTH at the Fortune Society.

The SIG team, New York State Lieutenant Governor, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) collaborate to address the opioid epidemic

Dr. El-Bassel is presenting the keynote at the Ending Gender Inequalities: Evidence to Impact conference in South Africa

Global leaders including most of the SIG team recently convened at the International AIDS Society conference #AIDS2018 to discuss the rising HIV epidemic in Central Asia.  Our Director Dr. Nabila El-Bassel shares her reflections.

A new project funded by UNICEF, the Uzbekistan Social Work Education for Excellence Project (USWEEP), aims to help bolster the field of social work in Uzbekistan.

Drug use and HIV among Men in Community Correction Programs and Their Female Primary Sex Partners

We are pleased to welcome two new faculty members to the Social Intervention Group (SIG): Drs. Brooke West and Alissa Davis.

In celebration of #PRIDEMonth, a team of researchers at the Columbia University School of Social Work’s Social Intervention Group weighed in on how #PRIDE is reflected in their day to day research.

Researchers and scientists from the Social Intervention Group (SIG) and the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA) are  participating in multiple sessions at the 22nd International AIDS Conference.

Could engaging stigmatized communities through social networks help maintain their health and well-being?

What does trauma look like beyond the Western conceptualization? Do individuals express trauma differently in other parts of the world, and if so, what are their symptoms?