Mary Hawk, Co-Founder of Open Door Pittsburgh


Assistant Professor and alum Mary Hawk (BCHS '12) is a founding member of The Open Door, a local housing program that uses harm reduction and housing-first approaches to engage marginalized people living with HIV/AIDS in clinical care. It's a nationally-funded research project that is evaluating housing outcomes and exploring opportunities to replicate the project in other cities. 

In 2011, Hawk received the Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award for Public Health in Service to the Underserved for her work evaluating the effect of housing on viral loads of people living with HIV/AIDS. She published the first study to use HIV viral load to measure the impact of housing-first model of care on homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. 

Hawk's other research interests include structural interventions to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS and to improve clinical outcomes for those living with the disease. She also focuses on program evaluation to assess outcomes and improve service delivery in public health systems. 

In 2017, Mary received funding from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health) to conduct a randomized controlled trial under the R01 mechanism to test the impact of Client Centered Representative Payee services on ART adherence among marginalized people living with HIV/AIDS. This study, which builds on local service and research conducted with staff and residents of The Open Door, is an example of how partnering with those most impacted by a public health problem can create promising public health solutions. 

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