CHRS is a thriving community of scholars from across the social science disciplines, including about 25 AU faculty, additional faculty from other DC universities, and graduate students working on their projects.
The CHRS team convenes in a weekly seminar that brings prominent local and national health researchers to AU as invited speakers to discuss critical debates in the social aspects of health. Its work-in-progress seminars serve as a forum to discuss and receive critical (but constructive) feedback on ongoing and planned research.
The CHRS community is a resource for regular peer review of grant proposals and manuscripts on topics related to the social dimensions of health.
CHRS has been in the forefront of enhancing collaborations with institutions at AU and beyond, including with AU’s Center on Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS), AU’s Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR), and DC’s HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA).
As one example, in fall 2012, CHRS organized (with support from NIH funding) a conference entitled, “Community Disruption and HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia” that focused on three distinct disruptive processes—incarceration/re-entry, deportation, and gentrification/neighborhood change—as they relate to HIV/AIDS specifically and health more generally. The conference was co-sponsored by CLALS and DC D-CFAR.
For information on CHRS co-sponsorship of events/activities, contact: CHRS@american.edu.
CHRS provides software for conducting qualitative, quantitative, spatial and social network analysis: NVivo10, SPSS19, SAS, StataMP, Mplus, ArcGIS and UCINET.
CHRS provides office space, computers, printers and use of a conference room for visiting researchers as well as graduate and undergraduate Research Assistants and interns.
CHRS supports graduate and undergraduate Research Assistants and interns who assist CHRS-affiliated faculty in conducting their research.
CHRS sponsors workshops on grant development, research methods and software tools. E.g., CHRS organized a one day workshop on NVivo in May 2012 and in fall 2014 will launch an ongoing workshop in qualitative research methods.
Annotated bibliographies and literature reviews on relevant topics are available to CHRS members.
CHRS has relevant resources (e.g. sample organizational resource page, bio-sketches, budget format) necessary for grant preparation that is made available to researchers upon request.