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Scott D. Rhodes , PhD, MPH

Rhodes, Scott D.

Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy
Division of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Room Number: 4123
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1063

Telephone: 336-713-5080
Email: srhodes@wakehealth.edu

(1) College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Government, BA, 1989.
(2) University of South Carolina (USC) School of Public Health, Columbia, SC; Health Administration, MPH, 1991.
(3) University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, Birmingham, AL; Health Behavior, PhD, 2001.
(4) WK Kellogg Foundation Community Health Scholars Program, University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC; Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2003. 

Scott D. Rhodes, PhD, MPH, CHES, is a public health scientist, whose research focuses on the integration of community development and health promotion and disease prevention interventions in both rural and urban communities. Specifically, his research explores sexual health; HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention; and health disparities among vulnerable communities, including substance use and obesity. Dr. Rhodes has extensive experience working with Latino communities; urban African American adolescents; 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 techniques; the design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention interventions, community capacity development, and environmental and policy change; community-based participatory research (CBPR); the application of behavioral theory; photovoice as a methodology of participatory action research (PAR); lay health advisor approaches; the exploration of sociocultural determinants of health; and internet research, including data 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 behavioral, psychological, and socio-cultural correlates of HIV risk among predominantly Spanish-speaking rural Latino 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 refinement, implementation, and evaluation of an intervention entitled: HoMBReS: 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 University.

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.

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