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The CUE HIV Scientific Working Group (SWG), formed in 2021, was born out of the knowledge that HIV does not stop at state borders, especially in the era of social media and on-line dating. This SWG combines the efforts of the CUE HIV collaborative with the previous NC Collaborative HIV Epidemiology and Prevention SWG, providing a cohesive approach to identifying and targeting cross-state networks. This cross-state approach can be particularly important in rural areas, where stigma is a driving impetus to finding partners and HIV services away from home, in larger cities and other counties.


Mission Statement

CUE-HIV is an interstate collaborative created to address the disproportionate HIV burden in the Carolinas driven by our states’ unique intersection of stigma, poverty, and limited resource allocation. Our initiative employs a multifaceted strategy designed to promote awareness, decrease stigma, expand funding, and improve resource availability with one ultimate goal: ending the HIV epidemic in the Carolinas. We believe that our united front will prove far more impactful than the sum of our individual parts.

Upcoming Meetings

  • May 17, 2024, 2-3PM

Areas of Expertise

  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Research
  • Public Health/Surveillance
  • Implementation Science


  • Formalize a team of respected and highly engaged academic, clinical, and public health professionals to support implementation and analysis of federal and state-level EtHE plans
  • Serve as a “hub” for researchers in HIV-focused behavioral, epidemiological, implementation, and translational science to share ideas
  • Tear down silos to bring together intramural and extramural HIV researchers from various disciplines
  • Identify opportunities to innovate how statewide data can inform “targeted” activities to address specific steps of the HIV care continuum
  • Continue to identify early-stage investigators who could contribute to this field and support them with expert guidance and mentorship for internal and external developmental awards

To achieve these aims, the CUE HIV SWG will use the following mechanisms:

  • Quarterly SWG meetings, with in-person and teleconferenced participation options
  • A curated, centralized directory of SWG members, including specific interests and skills that can help multidisciplinary teams form more readily
  • Support from SWG leadership to provide focused guidance and/or pre-review of final proposals
  • Opportunities for developmental award funding through dedicated announcements
  • Periodic, webinar-delivered updates on key issues in HIV epidemiology and biomedical prevention
  • “Tadpole” reviews of specific aims or concept proposals and “Baby Shark Tank” reviews of more developed research ideas, allowing investigators to get critical, formative input from peers and experts with different perspectives – prior to grant submission
  • State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • State of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia)
  • Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Wake Forest University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for AIDS Research
2019 Ending the HIV Epidemic Supplement Awards:

  • Tonia Poteat, PhD: Transforming the Carolinas: Preparing to End the Epidemic for Transgender People of Color in the Carolinas
  • Felicia Browne, ScD: Reaching African Americans to Reduce Disparities in HIV Prevention and Treatment: The Carolina CoOp
  • Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD: An Integrated Technology-Based “Status-Neutral” Approach to Engage YMSM/YTGW in the Prevention and Care Continuum in North and South Carolina

2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic Supplement Awards:

  • Tonia Poteat, PhD: Transforming the Carolinas 2.0
  • Courtney Bonner, PhD: Implementing PrEP into Non-Title X Settings to Reduce HIV Disparities among African American Women in the Atlanta MSA

2021 Ending the HIV Epidemic Supplement Awards:

  • Felicia Browne, ScD, MPH: Developing Strategies to improve Engagement in HIV prevention and treatment among people who use drugs in the Charlotte Transitional Grant Area
  • Katryna McCoy, PhD, FNP: Enhancing Strategies To Engage Providers in Efforts to Eliminate HIV: Project EnSTEP

2022 Ending the HIV Epidemic Supplement Awards:

  • Alysha Maragh-Bass, PhD, MPH: Formative research on a sex-positive tool for PrEP Counseling with Sexual/Gender Minority Youth of Color in NC and CA