Scott D. Rhodes, PhD, MPH, CHES, is a public health scientist, whose research focuses on the
community development and health promotion and disease prevention interventions in both rural
communities. Specifically, his research explores sexual health; HIV and sexually transmitted
prevention; and health disparities among vulnerable communities, including substance use and
Rhodes has extensive experience working with Latino communities; urban African American
persons living with HIV and AIDS; men of color; self-identified gay and bisexual men; and men
who have sex
with men (MSM).
Dr. Rhodes has experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention interventions, community capacity
environmental and policy change; community-based participatory research (CBPR); the
behavioral theory; photovoice as a methodology of participatory action research (PAR); lay health
approaches; the exploration of sociocultural determinants of health; and internet research,
collection, intervention delivery, and evaluation.
Currently projects for which Dr. Rhodes is Principal Investigator include:
(1) Using CBPR to Reduce HIV Risk among Immigrant Latino MSM.
The goals of this 5-year, NIMH-funded R01 are to refine, implement, and evaluate a culturally congruent intervention
lay health advisor intervention designed to reduce the disproportionate HIV burden borne by Latino MSM in the US.
(2) HIV Prevention among Latino MSM: Evaluation of a Locally Developed Intervention.
The goals for this 5-year, CDC-funded cooperative agreement are to enhance, fully implement, and rigorously evaluate
the effectiveness of a locally developed small-group intervention designed to reduce the disproportionate HIV burden
borne by Latino MSM in the US.
(3) A Partnership Approach to Reducing HIV Disparities Among Latino Men.
The goal of this 5-year, NCMHD-funded community-based participatory research (CBPR) study is to
reduce the risk of HIV and STD infection among Latino men through the further refinement,
implementation, and evaluation of: HoMBReS: Hombres Manteniendo Bienestar y Relaciones
Saludables (Men Maintaining Wellness and Healthy Relationships) in partnership with Chatham Social
Heath Council, Siler City, NC, and AIDS Care Service Inc., Winston-Salem, NC.
(4) Trust and Mistrust of Evidence-based Medicine among Latinos with HIV.
The goals of this study (which is funded by amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research) are to better
understand and characterize the factors that influence trust of evidence-based medicine and identify
intervention strategies to increase trust among Latinos with HIV.
(5) CBPR and the Internet: Increasing HIV Testing Through Chat Room-Based Promotion.
The goal of this NIMH-funded community-based participatory research (CBPR) study is to increase HIV
testing among gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men (MSM) through the development,
implementation, and evaluation of a culturally relevant Internet chat room-based intervention in
partnership with Triad Health Project, Greensboro, NC.
(6) HIV among Rural Latino Gay Men and MSM in the Southeast.
The goal of this NICHD-funded community-based participatory research (CBPR) study is to explore
the social and sexual networking patterns and
psychological, and socio-cultural correlates of HIV risk among predominantly Spanish-speaking
gay and bisexual men and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM).
(7) Trabajando Juntos: Working Together for Health Disparities Reduction.
The goal of this NIMH-funded, community-based participatory research (CBPR) study is to
reduce the risk
of HIV infection among immigrant Latino men through the
implementation, and evaluation of an intervention entitled: HoMBReS:
Manteniendo Bienestar y Relaciones Saludables (Men Maintaining Wellness and Healthy
Relationships) in partnership with Chatham Social Health Council, Siler City, NC. This study is
commonly referred to as HoMBReS-2 because it builds off the
original CDC-funded CBPR study that developed and first implemented the HoMBReS pilot study.
HoMBReS-2 uses a small group format and does not use a lay health advisor strategy. Dr. Rhodes
served as PI of the original HoMBReS study.
For information about this project see the CDC-sponsored 2007 webcast
(8) Use of Prescription Drugs Obtained from Non-medical Sources for STD Treatment among
Rural Latinos in the Southeast.
The goals of this CDC-funded study are to (a) better understand and characterize use of
prescription drugs obtained from non-medical sources for STD treatment; (b) identify potentially
effective intervention approaches to reduce risky use of these drugs among predominantly
Spanish-speaking adult male and female Latinos in the rural Southeastern United States (US);
and (c) examine the composition of these drugs obtained from non-medical sources.
(9) Cervical Cancer Prevention for Latinas (C-CAPRELA).
The goal of this NCI-funded study is to improve routine Pap smear screening among uninsured Latinas
using a community-based empowerment program led by lay health advisors.
Dr. Rhodes also serves as co-investigator on other studies at WFUHS, the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro (CDC-funded CBPR study to develop, implement, and evaluate an HIV
prevention intervention for college-age African American men), and George Washington
In 2005, Dr. Rhodes was awarded: Outstanding Master Project Advisor Award by the WFUHS
Physician Assistant Program in recognition for outstanding performance as a Master Project
Advisor and an authentic commitment to community-based research.
In 2006, Dr. Rhodes was awarded: 2006 WFUHS New Investigator in Clinical Sciences Award for
excellence in research, significant contributions to the biomedical sciences, and exceptional
potential for an outstanding academic career.
In 2007, Dr. Rhodes was awarded: Professional and Community Service Award, Division of Public
Health Sciences, WFUHS, for longstanding success in developing exceptional programs to
address the public health needs of the greater community and expanding the public health
outreach efforts of the Division and Institution.
In 2009, Dr. Rhodes was awarded: The HIV/AIDS Section Leadership Award, American Public Health Association, for
his service as Section Chair, 2008-2009.