With the support of CHERISH Research Affiliate Ioana Popovici, Dion Allen will identify gaps contributing to low PrEP uptake in women and the potential role of family planning clinics and specialty substance abuse treatment centers to facilitate uptake.
Dion Allen is a PhD candidate in the Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy Department at Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy. Allen’s CHERISH pilot study aims to raise awareness of the gender disparity in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use for HIV prevention and offer evidence to demonstrate the role of family planning clinics and specialty substance abuse treatment centers as potential facilitators for PrEP uptake among women. Her goal is to use her research findings to engage in evidence-based advocacy for underserved populations. Her research interests also include mental health, social determinants of health and health outcomes research.