Dr. Guitele Rahill, a graduate of Florida International University (2008; PhD, Social Welfare) who successfully completed the CRUSADA PhD Student Scholars in Health Disparities training program, is part of a research team at the University of South Florida (USF) that was recently awarded a research grant that totalled approximately $2 million from the National Institutes of Health. The award stipulates that USF must use a minimum of 50% of the award in Haiti, where Dr. Rahill’s research focus is of the utmost relevance given the work she has done in the area of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

  • Dr. Rahill, along with Dr. Celia Lescano of the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, USF, will serve as Principal Investigators on this project.
  • The primary aim of this project is to develop strategies that will prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS in youth, a significant public health concern.
  • This multidisciplinary, international project will feature a partnership with researchers in various departments at USF, along with researchers in Haiti at l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti: Dr. Jacques Jovin and Professor Calixte Clerisme.
  • For further information on this project, please visit the following page created by the University of South Florida:
  • For a more information on Dr. Guitelle Rahill, please view her expanded biography on the University of South Florida website: