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The IMPACT program moves to Northwestern

Posted on May 13th, 2011 by Dr. Mustanski in Research Blog. No Comments

We are proud to announce that the IMPACT Program moved to Northwestern University and we are now resident partners with the Center on Halsted.  This move represents an important expansion of IMPACT’s ability to conduct cutting-edge research that will improve the health of the LGBT community.

The IMPACT Program is now based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS) in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.  The mission of the IMPACT Program will continue to be to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBT community and to develop the clinical research capacity of the community. Being at Northwestern brings new opportunities and resources for us to expand this mission in exciting new directions.

Extensive community ties have been a hallmark of the IMPACT Program since its inception, and with the move comes a historic collaboration with the Center on Halsted.  The Center on Halsted is the most comprehensive LGBT resource center in the Midwest and includes a large HIV testing program, a state-wide HIV/STD hotline, mental health serves, and a large and active youth program. The integration of the IMPACT Research Program within the Center facilitates the translation of research into practice, state-of-the art evaluation of practice, training of clinical-researchers in LGBT health, engagement of the LGBT community with research, and provides “on the ground” expertise to inform our research agenda and methods.

The Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS) provides a unique scientific home for applied researchers who integrate biomedical and social science approaches to improvement of health and health care delivery in diverse populations across the lifespan. Established in March, 2009 under the direction of Dr. David Cella, the department’s core scientific themes include measurement science, health information technology, applied qualitative and quantitative methods, mechanisms of health and disease, application of clinical interventions, and research with underserved and diverse populations.

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