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[September 21, 2007]


Scyatta A. Wallace, Ph.D., assistant professor of preventive medicine and community health and member of the HIV Center for Women and Children at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has received two grants addressing critical community health issues.

She has been awarded a four-year grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. The $961,049 award will elicit attitudes about HIV testing among young adult heterosexual Black men. In addition, the study will develop cultural and gender specific health education materials to promote HIV testing among this segment of the population.

Dr. Wallace also received a grant funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse in the amount of $117,000 that will test a conceptual model examining the relationship of neighborhood factors to substance use and sexual risk behaviors among African-American youth.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, Staten Island, or Queens, comprising Colleges of Medicine, Health Related Professions, and Nursing; a School of Graduate Studies; a Public Health Degree Program; the 376-bed University Hospital of Brooklyn; and a growing Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.