Larry Chang, MD, MPH

Baltimore, Maryland
Role: 
Faculty
Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, JHSOM; Associate Professor of International Health, Social and Behavioral Interventions Program, JHBSPH; Associate Professor of Epidemiology, JHBSPH; Associate Director, JHU Global mHealth Initiative

Dr. Larry Chang is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. He is a physician trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and epidemiology with an interest in multidisciplinary, innovative, and pragmatic approaches to impacting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Dr. Chang has experience in HIV treatment and prevention, implementation science, cohort, and mixed methods research. He is currently Co-PI of the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) in Uganda, and is an active infectious diseases and HIV clinician.

For the past 17 years, Dr. Chang has engaged in HIV-related research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2006, he has worked closely with collaborators from RHSP in Uganda on several randomized and observational studies. In the past, Dr. Chang has had the opportunity to lead with RHSP colleagues several peer and community health worker (CHW)-related implementation science studies including a cluster-randomized study on the impact of peers on AIDS care conducted in 2006-2008 and an individually-randomized study on peer support for pre-ART care in Rakai conducted in 2011-2013. He is currently PI of an R01 evaluating a cluster-randomized trial of a mHealth/CHW approach to combination HIV prevention promotion in a HIV hotspot fishing community in Rakai. In addition to his work with trials, Dr. Chang has also led or supervised several RHSP cohort-based studies, including reports on the heterogeneity of the HIV epidemic in Rakai, and, more recently, on the impact of combination HIV prevention on HIV incidence in the cohort. 

Dr. Chang is also involved with HIV implementation science research and capacity building as Director of the Johns Hopkins CFAR Implementation Science Working Group and Director of the Inter-Centers for AIDS Research Sub-Saharan African Working Group (CFAR-SSA). A related focus of Dr. Chang’s research is using mHealth (mobile technologies for health) strategies for improving global public health and clinical care, including novel applications for intimate-partner violence intervention, TB treatment, and HIV care, surveillance, and prevention. Dr. Chang has overseen mHealth projects in Baltimore, Afghanistan, and Uganda. He is the Associate Director for the University-wide Johns Hopkins Global mHealth Initiative. Finally, Dr. Chang has been involved in systematic reviews on topics in HIV as well as on guideline development, working with WHO, IAPAC, and the Cochrane HIV/AIDS group.

Research Program Building and Leadership

  • 2000-present: Member, International AIDS Society (IAS)
  • 2006-present: Member, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
  • 2010-present: Interviewer, Johns Hopkins Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program 
  • 2011-present: Member, International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC)
  • 2014: Member, Johns Hopkins Department of International Health Faculty Search Committee
  • 2018: Member, Division of Infectious Diseases Faculty Representative Panel, Department of Medicine Departmental Review
  • 2018: Member, Johns Hopkins Department of International Health Faculty Search Committee

Hard-to-Reach Populations: Implications for Ending the AIDS Epidemic

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2019-04-25
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The Rakai region in Uganda was the initial epicenter of the HIV epidemic in East Africa and continues to be a high burden area, with an HIV prevalence of ~13%. Through the open, population-based Rakai Community Cohort Study (RCCS), we reported that combination HIV prevention (CHP) decreased...

Evaluation of National Video Directly Observed Therapy Implementation

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2018-08-05
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emocha Mobile Health, Inc., and Johns Hopkins investigators have developed a user-friendly, HIPAA compliant application for asynchronous video directly observed therapy (DOT) miDOT. The miDOT platform consists of a patient-facing mobile application where patients can record videos of themselves...

RCT to Reduce HIV Acquisition and Viral Load among Migrants, Rakai, Uganda

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2018-08-01
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The Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP), Uganda, proposes an implementation science community- randomized controlled trial (CRCT) of a novel intervention to newly in-migrated individuals (Welcome In-coming Neighbor [WIN]), to optimize their rapid linkage to combination HIV prevention (CHP)...

Multidisciplinary Research Training to Understand and Reduce HIV Incidence in Uganda

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2018-05-10
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Dr. Larry Chang is PI for this multi-year (2018-2023) training grant sponsored by the Fogarty International Center at the National Institute of Health. Abstract While substantial progress has been made in the global HIV response, impact has been uneven. Uganda provides a prime case study. Uganda...

miDOT (Directly Observed Therapy)

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2015-11-01
Designed by Dr. Maunank Shah, the miDOT mobile health application is a video-based Directly Observed Therapy interface that uses the emocha Mobile Health platform to remotely connect patients on long-term tuberculosis therapy with clinicians who are required to witness patients taking...

Community Health Workers, mHealth, and Combination HIV Prevention in a Hotspot: A Randomized Trial (mLAKE)

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2015-04-01
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Led by Dr. Larry Chang, the mLAKE study in Uganda is examining whether community health workers equipped with cellphones and the emocha Mobile Health platform are able to successfully promote HIV treatment and prevention services in households in a fishing community in East Africa with a very high...

Project S.O.A.R. (Supporting Operational AIDS Research): Positive Health Dignity and Prevention Sub-Project

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2014-09-15
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Dr. Larry Chang is a Co-Investigator for this effort. Purpose The goal of Project SOAR (Supporting Operational AIDS Research) is to improve the quality and impact of HIV and AIDS program outcomes by strengthening operations research and evaluation activities. Project SOAR supports the PEPFAR...

Evaluating Demand Generation (Stylish Man) for HIV/Family Planning Services, Rakai, Uganda

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2014-08-01
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Dr. Larry Chang is co-investigator of this effort to test a novel approach to promoting HIV services in Rakai, Uganda. The Stylish Man Program, attempts to “demedicalize” HIV prevention and care in a public health campaign designed to normalize HIV care as part of self care for African men. The...

Community Home Based India Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (COMBIND)

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2013-09-02
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This study ended May 14, 2019. CCGHE is assessing whether equipping Community Health Workers with mobile health technology and involving them in technology training and personal empowerment seminars can help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. CHWs who care for HIV + pregnant and nursing...

Feasibility and Acceptability of Smartphone-Based Ecological Momentary Assessment of Alcohol Use Among African American Men Who Have Sex With Men in Baltimore

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2013-01-01
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This study provides evidence to support the feasibility and acceptability of using Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA ) methods for collecting data on alcohol use among African American men who have sex with men living in urban settings. These data provide the basis for future studies of EMA-...

ONCOGRID: An mHealth Approach to Prevention and Early Diagnosis of Oral Cancer in Rural South India

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2012-11-01
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This study ended February 7, 2017. The Indian sub-continent is burdened with 80% of the world’s patients with oral cancer, and delay in oral cancer diagnosis is one of the major problems that leads to poor treatment outcomes (V. Shanta, R. Swaminathan, R. Rama. Cancer Control 2013). Current...

Analysis of Data Collected from the Evaluation of Community-Based Education, Research and Service (COBERS)

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2012-06-12
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This effort ended in June 2015. Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS), the Medical Schools at Gulu University (GU), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Kampala International University (KIU) and Busitema University (BU) came together with Johns Hopkins University...

DOmestic Violence Enhanced Home Visitation and Smart Phones (DOVE)

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2012-01-01
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This effort ended in 2017. The major challenge of early prenatal nurse home visitation programs is to accurately identify abused women. The DOVE study aims to improve maternal health and increase the use of a safety plan and community resources by using an emocha ® application to assist home...

PreventionRx Study: Home-based Counseling and Testing in Uganda

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2010-10-21
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This study was terminated August 29, 2014. A ‘platform’ for evaluating combination HIV prevention & care-HIV counseling & testing is essential to optimize HIV services. In collaboration with the University of Washington and the Integrated Community Based Initiatives (ICOBI) NGO in Uganda,...

Peer Community-based Assistant in REtention: Effect of Peer Health Workers on People Living with HIV Not on Antiretroviral Therapy—A Randomized Operations Research Trial

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2007-03-29
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Human resource limitations, long travel times, and a weak health care infrastructure pose significant challenges to the delivery of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in rural settings such as the Rakai District in southwestern Uganda. HIV increases demand for health services and also impacts the health...

Results of early virologic monitoring may facilitate differentiated care monitoring strategies for clients on ART, Rakai, Uganda

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2018-10-15
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Open Forum Infectious Diseases
BACKGROUND: Viral load (VL) monitoring is standard of care in HIV-infected persons initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART). We evaluated the predictive value of VL measurements at 6 and 12 months after initiation of firstline ART to estimate the future risk of virologic failure (VF). METHODS: HIV...

Using mHealth to improve tuberculosis case identification and treatment initiation in South Africa: Results from a pilot study

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2018-07-03
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PLoS One
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) incidence in South Africa is among the highest globally. Initial loss to follow-up (ILFU), defined as not starting on TB treatment within 28 days of testing positive, is undermining control efforts. We assessed the feasibility, acceptability, and potential of a mHealth...

Migration and risk of HIV acquisition in Rakai, Uganda: a population-based cohort study

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2018-04-15
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Lancet HIV
BACKGROUND: In sub-Saharan Africa, migrants typically have higher HIV prevalence than non-migrants; however, whether HIV acquisition typically precedes or follows migration is unknown. We aimed to investigate the risk of HIV after migration in Rakai District, Uganda. METHODS: In a prospective...

HIV viral suppression and geospatial patterns of HIV antiretroviral therapy treatment facility use in Rakai, Uganda

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2018-03-27
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AIDS
OBJECTIVE: To assess geospatial patterns of HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) treatment facility use and whether they were impacted by viral load suppression. METHODS: We extracted data on the location and type of care services utilized by HIV-positive persons accessing ART between February 2015 and...

The validity of self-reported antiretroviral use in persons living with HIV: a population-based study

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2018-01-28
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AIDS
OBJECTIVE: To assess the validity of self-reported antiretroviral therapy use (ART) using population-based cohort data. METHODS: Self-reported ART use and nonuse was compared with a validated laboratory assay in 557 HIV-positive participants in the Rakai Community Cohort Study surveyed between...

Identifying models of HIV care and treatment service delivery in Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia using cluster analysis and Delphi survey

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2017-12-06
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BMC Health Services Research
BACKGROUND: Organization of HIV care and treatment services, including clinic staffing and services, may shape clinical and financial outcomes, yet there has been little attempt to describe different models of HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Information about the relative benefits and...

HIV prevention efforts and incidence in HIV in Uganda

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2017-11-30
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New England Journal of Medicine
In a large study in Uganda, Dr. Larry Chang and colleagues found that combination HIV prevention has population level implications, reducing new infections by 42%.

Impact of a community health worker HIV treatment and prevention intervention in an HIV hotspot fishing community in Rakai, Uganda (mLAKE): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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2017-10-23
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Trials
Abstract Background: Effective yet practical strategies are needed to increase engagement in HIV treatment and prevention services, particularly in high-HIV-prevalence hotspots. We designed a community-based intervention called "Health Scouts" to promote uptake and adherence to HIV services in a...

Design and implementation of a community health worker HIV treatment and prevention intervention in an HIV hot spot fishing community in Rakai, Uganda

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2017-05-22
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Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Abstract Innovative approaches are needed to increase engagement in HIV treatment and prevention services, particularly in HIV hot spots. Here, we detail our design, training approach, and early implementation experiences of a community-based HIV intervention called "health scouts." The...

Qualitative insights into implementation, processes, and outcomes of a randomized trial on peer support and HIV care engagement in Rakai, Uganda

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2017-01-10
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BMC Infectious Diseases
BACKGROUND: People living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who have not yet initiated antiretroviral therapy (ART) can benefit from being engaged in care and utilizing preventive interventions. Community-based peer support may be an effective approach to promote these important HIV services...

Heterogeneity of the HIV epidemic in agrarian, trading, and fishing communities in Rakai, Uganda: an observational epidemiological study

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2016-08-15
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The Lancet HIV
Background : Understanding the extent to which HIV burden differs across communities and the drivers of local disparities is crucial for an effective and targeted HIV response. We assessed community-level variations in HIV prevalence, risk factors, and treatment and prevention service uptake in...

Community-based interventions to improve and sustain antiretroviral therapy adherence, retention in HIV care and clinical outcomes in low- and middle-income countries for achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets

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2016-07-30
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Current HIV/AIDS Reports
Little is known about the effect of community versus health facility-based interventions to improve and sustain antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, virologic suppression, and retention in care among HIV-infected individuals in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We systematically searched...

Association of medical male circumcision and antiretroviral therapy scale-up with community HIV incidence in Rakai, Uganda

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2016-07-12
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JAMA
Importance Medical male circumcision (MMC) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) are proven HIV prevention interventions, but there are limited data on the population-level effect of scale-up of these interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. Such evaluation is important for planning and resource allocation...

Ecological momentary assessment of illicit drug use compared to biological and self-reported methods

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2016-03-15
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Journal of Medical Internet Research
Background: The use of mHealth methods for capturing illicit drug use and associated behaviors have become more widely used in research settings, yet there is little research as to how valid these methods are compared to known measures of capturing and quantifying drug use. Objective: We examined...

Effectiveness of peer support on care engagement and preventive care intervention utilization among pre-antiretroviral therapy, HIV-infected adults in Rakai, Uganda: a randomized trial

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2015-08-14
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AIDS and Behavior
442 pre-ART, HIV-infected adults were randomized to peer support consisting of structured home visits to promote clinic attendance and preventive care intervention use or standard of care. At baseline, 62 % reported previously visiting an HIV clinic, 45 % reported taking cotrimoxazole prophylaxis,...

Feasibility and acceptability of smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment of alcohol use among African American men who have sex with men in Baltimore

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2015-06-17
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Journal of Medical Internet Research
Background: Alcohol use is a risk factor for the acquisition of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among African American men who havesex with men (MSM). Mobile phone-based ecological momentary assessments (EMA) could minimize bias due to retrospective recall and thus provide a better understanding...

Impact of patient-selected care buddies on adherence to HIV care, disease progression and conduct of daily life among pre-antiretroviral HIV-infected patients in Rakai, Uganda: a randomized controlled trial

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2015-06-01
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Background: Data are limited on effects of household or community support persons ("care buddies") on enrollment into and adherence to pre-antiretroviral HIV care. We assessed the impact of care buddies on adherence to HIV clinic appointments, HIV progression, and conduct of daily life among pre-...

Utilizing mHealth methods to identify patterns of high risk illicit drug use

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2015-06-01
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Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Introduction: We assessed patterns of illicit drug use using mobile health (mHealth) methods and subsequent health care indicators among drug users in Baltimore, MD. Methods: Participants of the EXposure Assessment in Current Time (EXACT) study were provided a mobile device for assessment of their...

Durable suppression of HIV-1 after virologic monitoring-based antiretroviral adherence counseling in Rakai, Uganda

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2015-05-26
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PLOS One
Objectives: HIV viral load is recommended for monitoring antiretroviral treatment and identifying treatment failure. We assessed the durability of viral suppression after viral load-triggered adherence counseling among patients with HIV viremia 6 months after ART initiation. Design: Observational...

Capturing illicit drug use where and when it happens: an ecologic momentary assessment of the social, physical and activity environment of using versus craving illicit drugs

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2015-02-15
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Addiction
Aim: To understand the environmental and contextual influences of illicit cocaine and heroin use and craving using mobile health (mHealth) methods. Design: Interactive mHealth methods of ecological momentary assessment (EMA) were utilized in the Exposure Assessment in Current Time (EXACT) study to...

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mHealth in medicine: A Hopkins-Focused Perspective

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2017-02-24
Chang, L. mHealth in medicine: A Hopkins-Focused Perspective. Digital Health Day. Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD.

A Cluster-Randomized Trial to Promote Combination HIV Prevention Using M-health-Supported CHWs in a High-Prevalence Fishing Community: Design and Baseline Characteristics of the mLAKE Trial in Rakai, Uganda

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2016-07-21
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Chang L, Mbabali I, Kong X, Hutton H, Long A, Thomas A, Bugos E, Ssekasanvu J, Kennedy C, Amico R, Nalugoda F, Reynolds S, Quinn T, Serwadda D, Wawer M, Gray R, Nakigozi G. A Cluster-Randomized Trial to Promote Combination HIV Prevention Using M-health-Supported CHWs in a High-Prevalence Fishing...

Combination HIV Prevention and HIV Incidence in a Ugandan Hotspot Fishing Community

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2016-02-23
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Kagaayi J, Grabowski MK, Nakigozi G, Kigozi G, Nalugoda F, Ssekubugu R, Gray RH, Serwadda D, Wawer MJ, Chang L. Combination HIV Prevention and HIV Incidence in a Ugandan Hotspot Fishing Community. Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections 2016. Boston, MA. 2016.

Migration, HIV Infection, and Combination HIV Prevention Access in Rakai, Uganda

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2016-02-23
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Grabowski MK, Lessler J, Bazaale JM, Chang L, Nabukalu D, Wawer M, Nalugoda F, Ssekubugu R, Nakigozi G, Gray RH. Migration, HIV Infection, and Combination HIV Prevention Access in Rakai, Uganda. Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections 2016. Boston, MA. 2016.

Applied HIV Epidemiology and Implementation Science: a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and controlling an evolving epidemic

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2015-11-20
Chang, L. Applied HIV Epidemiology and Implementation Science: a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and controlling an evolving epidemic. National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, MD.

Rakai Health Sciences Program: Social, Behavioral, and Biomedical Research in HIV Dynamics, Prevention, and Care

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2015-10-30
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Chang, L. Rakai Health Sciences Program: Social, Behavioral, and Biomedical Research in HIV Dynamics, Prevention, and Care. CFAR National Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

mHealth

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2015-10-29
Chang, L. mHealth. CFAR National Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

Intro to mHealth

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2014-12-17
Change, L. Intro to mHealth. JHU-GmI Seminar. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Baltimore, MD.

Integrating Engineering and Technology in to Prevention

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2014-05-07
Chang, L. Integrating Engineering and Technology in to Prevention. Centers for Intervention and Services Research Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

mHealth: Overview and Opportunities for Novel Cancer Research

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2014-03-19
Chang, L. mHealth: Overview and Opportunities for Novel Cancer Research. National Cancer Institute DCEG Fellows’ Training Symposium. National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, MD.

Mobile Technologies for HIV Care and Prevention

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2013-11-20
Gupta, A. Mobile Technologies for HIV Care and Prevention. Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 2013 Conference. Atlanta, GA. 2013.

Global Mobile Health

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2013-11-02
Chang, L. Global Mobile Health. Wireless Health 2013. Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. Baltimore, MD. 2013.

mHealth Tools and POC Devices

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2013-02-07
Chang, L. mHealth Tools and POC Devices. 2013 GETHealth Summit. New York, NY. 2013.

mHealth and HIV in 2013: Applying mHealth Interventions to HIV Prevention Research

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2013-01-08
Bollinger, R. mHealth and HIV in 2013: Applying mHealth Interventions to HIV Prevention Research. Prevention Core of the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Baltimore, MD. 2013.

Peer Navigators: Conscripting an Army of HIV-Positive Individuals to Supplement the Health Workforce

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2012-06-04
Chang, L. Peer Navigators: Conscripting an Army of HIV-Positive Individuals to Supplement the Health Workforce. 7th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence. Miami, FL.

mHealth Research: A Case Study from Uganda

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2012-04-05
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Chang. L. mHealth Research: A Case Study from Uganda. Special Studies and Research: Advanced Topics in Mobile Health (mHealth). Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Baltimore, MD.

Adventures in Social and Behavioral Interventions

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2012-02-27
Chang, L. Adventures in Social and Behavioral Interventions. Social and Behavioral Interventions Seminar. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Baltimore, MD.

mHealth in the Field

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2012-02-01
Chang, L. mHealth in the Field. Anna Baetjer Society for Public Health Practice. JBGrant Global Health Society. Baltimore, MD.

Use of a Smartphone Application (eMOCHA) to Provide Targeted HIV Prevention Referrals in Rural Uganda

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2010-11-08
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Chang, L. Use of a Smartphone Application (eMOCHA) to Provide Targeted HIV Prevention Referrals in Rural Uganda. mHealth Summit Technology Demonstration. Washington, DC.

Symposium on International Distance Learning and Infectious Diseases

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2010-04-27
Bollinger, R., Chang, LW. Symposium on International Distance Learning and Infectious Diseases. Department of Medicine Research Retreat. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Baltimore, MD.

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Alvin Thomas, MSPH

Baltimore, Maryland
Alvin Thomas
Alvin Thomas graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2016 with an MSPH in international health. Under the guidance of CCGHE's Dr. Larry Chang, Alvin worked with the mLAKE (Lakefolk Actively Keeping Engaged) and EMAI Rakai (Ecological Momentary Analysis and Intervention) studies in Uganda. Both studies are a partnership with the Rakai Health Science Program (RHSP) and use software developed by the award-winning emocha mobile health platform (http://www.emocha.com). The mLAKE intervention trains community health workers to deliver motivational interviewing inspired...

Eva Bugos, MSPH

Baltimore, Maryland
Eva Bugos
Eva Bugos graduated from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2016 with an MSPH in population, family and reproductive health Eva worked with Dr. Larry Chang on the mLAKE (Lakefolk Actively Keeping Engaged) and EMAI-Rakai (Ecological Momentary Analysis and Intervention) studies in Uganda. Both are mHealth studies conducted in partnership with the Rakai Health Sciences Program in Rakai, Uganda. The mLAKE study is a cluster-randomized intervention that trains community health workers to provide counseling to promote uptake of HIV services. The EMAI study is assessing the use of...

Amanda Long, MSPH

Baltimore, Maryland
Amanda Long graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in May 2016 with an MSPH in international health. She worked with Dr. Larry Chang on a mHealth and HIV counseling study in Rakai, Uganda. She traveled to Uganda from July to November 2015 to help kick off the study, titled mLAKE (Lakefolk Actively Keeping Engaged). Her role included community sensitization of the study, Community Health Worker (CHW) recruitment and training, and process evaluations to assess study progress and CHW performance. She also assisted with monitoring CHW performance and other program...

Kristin Thomas

Baltimore, Maryland
Kristin Thomas
Kristin Thomas is a MSPH candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studying social and behavioral interventions in international health. She specializes in mHealth, qualitative research methods, and health communications. Ms. Thomas joined Dr. Larry Chang’s mLAKE study in Spring 2015 and traveled to Rakai District, Uganda during the summer to join the team at the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP). RHSP is a leader in HIV/AIDS research in Uganda. The mLAKE study seeks to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of an mHealth-guided HIV counseling...

Martha Kirabo, MBChB

Uganda Fogarty Scholar
Dr Martha Kirabo
Dr Martha Kirabo is a medical doctor from Uganda. She earned her MBChB from Makerere University. A Fogarty fellow, she is undertaking Master of Public Health training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to JHSPH, she practiced as a clinical research doctor at the Uganda Case Western Reserve University Research Collaboration in Kampala, working in the Clinical trials department as a safety and pharmacovigilance officer. She is interested in attaining skills in epidemiological and biostatistical methods in public health and clinical research, infectious disease...

$17M is awarded to support HIV, disease ecology, mHealth projects

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2018-08-16
Source: 
Global Health Matters
NIH Fogarty International Center Logo
Larry Chang's Multidisciplinary Research Training to Understand and Reduce HIV Incidence in Uganda is among the funded projects.

TB medication adherence rates up, thanks to smartphone app

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2018-03-02
Source: 
YourCentralValley.com (Fresno, CA)
Emocha's app is helping tuberculosis patients in Fresno County stick to their treatment plans.

Notes from the Field: Use of Asynchronous Video Directly Observed Therapy for Treatment of Tuberculosis and Latent Tuberculosis Infection in a Long-Term–Care Facility ― Puerto Rico, 2016–2017

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2017-12-22
Source: 
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
emocha's video Directly Observed Therapy is highlighted in this report.

Notes from the Field--Tuberculosis Control Activities After Hurricane Harvey--Texas, 2017

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2017-12-15
Source: 
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
emocha's video Directly Observed Therapy helped officials maintain continuity of care for TB patients following Hurricane Harvey.

Combination HIV prevention reduces infections

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2017-12-01
Source: 
MD Magazine
. . . Researchers found that throughout the 7-year period in which rates of treatment and voluntary medical male circumcision increased significantly, HIV incidence dropped by 42% among nearly 18,000 people in Uganda . . .

NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2017

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2017-12-01
. . . A study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine found that HIV incidence dropped by 42 percent among nearly 18,000 people in a Ugandan district during a 7-year period when the rates of HIV treatment and voluntary medical male circumcision were significantly increased . . .

Combination HIV Prevention Reduces New Infections by 42 Percent in Ugandan District

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2017-11-29
NIH announces findings from Larry Chang and colleagues published in the New England Journal of Medicine .

Male Circumcision and Antiviral Drugs Appear to Sharply Reduce HIV Infection Rate

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2017-11-29
. . . The study, published Nov. 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine , is the first to track a large group of people before, during and after the start of an HIV prevention program and show that the program is likely working on a large scale. The researchers found that as the program began and...

Male circumcision and antiviral drugs appear to sharply reduce HIV infection rate

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2017-11-29
Source: 
Medical Xpress
. . . The current study, based on RCCS data on 34,000 adults enrolled and followed between 1989 and 2016, confirmed the widespread adoption of many of PEPFAR's HIV prevention measures. The use of antiretroviral therapy among infected people rose steadily from 12 percent in the 2006 survey to 69...

Emocha Mobile Health expands to opioid addiction treatment

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2017-06-23
Source: 
Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun: emocha received award to expand miDOT capabilities to help care providers treat opioid addiction.

emocha is looking to help treat opioid addiction

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2017-06-16
Source: 
Technical.ly Baltimore
emocha received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to complete the research studies ahead of its commercial release. The technology will be used in clinic-based treatment, with observation of take-home being a next step. The grant will help the startup validate the...

Emocha launches pilot to help recovering opioid addicts

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2017-06-15
Source: 
Baltimore Business Journal
Emocha will be piloting its platform in partnership with two opioid recovery clinics based at the University of Washington in Seattle and Boston University.

Company tests mobile health for tuberculosis treatment

Post Date: 
2017-05-23
Source: 
NIH: News and Events
Preliminary data show 93% treatment adherence using video observation, with savings of more than $1,000 per TB patient over 6 months

emocha and miDiagnostics collaborate to achieve more comprehensive mobile testing

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2016-12-12
Source: 
iMedicalApps
Baltimore-based tech startup emocha is collaborating with miDIAGNOSTICS in order to combine hardware and software to augment current medical tests for patients and health care providers. Emocha is a Johns Hopkins startup spinout and the end goal is to utilize each company’s strengths to bring test...

Mobile Technology Developed at Hopkins Medicine Transforming TB Care in Texas

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2016-04-19
Harris County Public Health Environmental Services Hailed TB Elimination Champion by CDC The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently named Harris County Public Health Environmental Services among its 2016 TB Elimination Champions for improving tuberculosis (TB) patient outcomes in...

Dr. Larry Chang Promoted to Associate Professor

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2015-12-16
Baltimore, MD—The Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins Medicine announced yesterday the promotion of Larry William Chang, MD, MPH, to Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Chang is a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE), and a...

Amid international growth, emocha gets grant to look at Maryland TB treatment

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2015-11-23
Source: 
Technical.ly Baltimore
emocha Mobile Health received a Small Business Innovation Research grant to further development of its mobile app that provides video-based healthcare observations in some cases where visits were previously required. The NIH grant, which is for about $200,000 over two years, will allow the Johns...

emocha App for Ebola Monitoring Nominated for Innovation Award

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2015-08-28
emocha ® Mobile Health, Inc., was nominated this week for a 2015 Baltimore Innovation Award for its Outbreak Symptoms Monitoring Application developed to monitor symptoms among people traveling from west-African countries where there are active Ebola outbreaks. emocha ® is one of 5 companies...

Sparking change: Baltimore's growing startup community

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2015-08-04
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Baltimore Fishbowl
Baltimore is kind of like a small-scale America, gearing towards a service-based economy for a variety of industries, with the startups here are trying to reinvigorate the economy on both a macro and a micro level. emocha, a health IT startup developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical...

Mobile app developed by JHU grads helps monitor Ebola, tuberculosis patients

Post Date: 
2015-05-13
Source: 
The HUB at Johns Hopkins
Listening to Morad Elmi list off the recent developments at emocha Mobile Health Inc., the company he co-founded with fellow Johns Hopkins Carey Business School graduate Sebastian Seiguer, it's hard not to be impressed by the breadth and scope of the startup's work. In the past six months, the...

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