Current Research and Training Programs

TN Together: Opioid Abuse and Response

Tennessee anti-drug coalitions are working to reduce dependence on harmful and potentially lethal substances such as prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. In partnership with the Hamilton County Coalition, researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) collect and analyze program demographics and outcomes. The Nu-Start program provides access to treatment and recovery services for individuals and families overcoming opioid dependency.

Implementation of Rapid HIV Testing and Linkage to HIV Treatment or Prevention Among Vulnerable Populations in Tennessee

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection remains a significant public health problem in the United States (US). It is estimated that almost 15% of the 1.17 million people living with HIV (PLWH) in the US are unaware of their HIV status. And despite the existence of highly effective HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy, ART), only 65% of people living with diagnosed HIV have achieved viral suppression. Similarly, among HIV-negative people eligible for PrEP, only 18% have used PrEP.