Julie Pulerwitz leads the Population Council’s HIV/AIDS program, spearheading implementation research that generates evidence about what works (and what doesn’t work) in different cultural contexts to influence programs and policies.
As a college student, Julie was working in Puerto Rico as a peer educator in an effort to prevent HIV when she had what she now describes as an “a-ha” moment. She kept hearing from young people that they knew how to prevent HIV, but that didn’t mean they could actually do it. Perhaps their parents would beat them if they found out, or their partner refused to use a condom. And she realized that information isn’t enough – you have to address the underlying dynamics in the community.
And that’s just what she’s doing today. Through Project SOAR and Implementation Science around the DREAMS Partnership, Julie and her teams are bringing to life her “a-ha” moment every day on a global scale.
the dreams partnership
Council researchers are leading the implementation science component of the DREAMS partnership – assessing different aspects of the various approaches being used to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women – to determine what is working and what is not.
Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR)
Project SOAR uses the best available science, research expertise, and state-of-the-art methodologies to generate critical evidence to improve HIV prevention, care, and treatment policies and programs around the world.