In order to pursue scientific discovery, strengthen the capacity of others, and bring about positive change, Dr. Rotheram and many colleagues developed the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) in 1995. CHIPTS, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, leverages world class science to combat HIV globally, in partnership with communities, families, and individuals impacted by the pandemic. The primary mission of CHIPTS is to design, test, and implement strategies for integrating, promoting, and diffusing HIV detection, prevention, and care.
Investigators from UCLA, Drew Medical Center, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Long Beach, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Friends Research Institute, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and research and community partners globally collaborate to achieve CHIPTS’ mission. CHIPTS creates opportunities for scientific leadership, expertise, and infrastructure to be leveraged to create, understand, and evaluate: 1) structural & community level interventions; 2) models of adaptation & adoption of efficacious interventions; 3) strategies to reduce disparities for scientists, nations, communities, & individuals; and 4) research agendas that integrate behavioral, biomedical, & technological intervention strategies. The CHIPTS community promotes cutting edge science; networks and builds capacity of scientists, advocates, policy makers, and consumers.
Dr. Rotheram currently serves as the Director of CHIPTS and oversees all operations.