Current Projects

Current projects of the Center on Health, Society, and Risk include:

  • Project Parivartan
  • Structures, Health and Risk among Reentrants, Probationers and Partners (SHARRPP)
  • Computer Assisted Neighborhood Visual Assessment System (CANVAS) Development Project

Project Parivartan

Project Parivartan, which means "long-term change," as well as "metamorphosis," conducts research on the implementation and impact of structural interventions (with a focus on community mobilization) for HIV prevention among female sex workers in two states in India - Andhra Pradesh, and more recently, in Maharashtra (proposed). Specifically, the project aims to understand the context of HIV risk among female sex workers and how community mobilization interventions address that risk. Data is collected through surveys (serial cross-sectional) and ethnographic methods (life history interviews, key informant interviews, field observation, etc.), and current data collection involves a comparative case study design. The Parivartan team includes staff in India and the US at several academic institutions. See more at

PI: Kim M. Blankenship (American University, Sociology)
Qualitative Data Manager: Monica R. Biradavolu (American University, Sociology)
Research Manager: Nimesh Dhungana (American University)


Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the purpose of the SHARRPP study (Structures, Health and Risk among Reentrants, Probationers and Partners) is to analyze the interconnections between the coercive mobility produced by US drug policies (the massive migration between the criminal justice system and the community) and race disparities in HIV-related sexual risk, among a sample of non-violent drug offenders in Connecticut. Further, the study examines whether the association between coercive mobility and HIV-related sexual risk is affected by the degree of social disorganization in the communities in which these offenders reside. It also will study the feasibility of recruiting and following the sexual partners of these individuals in order to better understand the impacts of coercive mobility on the partners' HIV-related risk. Longitudinal data (over 3 years) is being collected in New Haven, CT via surveys and semi-structured interviews and combined with secondary data related to neighborhoods.


PI: Kim M. Blankenship (American University, Sociology)
PI on Yale Subcontract: Robert Heimer (Yale School of Public Health)
Project Manager: Amy Smoyer (Yale School of Public Health)

Computer Assisted Neighborhood Visual Assessment System (CANVAS) Development Project

Funded by the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the Computer Assisted Neighborhood Visual Assessment System (CANVAS) Development Project aims to develop an online interface for researchers to use Google StreetView to conduct neighborhood audits or systematic social observation. As part of the development project, the research team is developing the online interface, testing the reliability and validity of the measures obtained from the interface, and connecting neighborhood data to a nationwide sample of at-risk children.

PI on American subcontract: Michael Bader (American University)

PIs: Julian Teitler and Andrew Rundle (Columbia University)