Dr. Allison Mathews | Community Expert Solutions, LLC

Dr. Allison Mathews
Researcher. Speaker. Consultant. Photographer. Entrepreneur.

Durham, NC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ABOUT ME

I am a native of Dallas, Texas, with deep roots to Louisiana. My upbringing and educational experiences developed a strong interest in integrating social justice with arts, research, and technology. I earned an MA and PhD in Sociology from UNC Chapel Hill. I work as a researcher at UNC Chapel Hill in the Department of Social Medicine and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease.

 
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EXPERIENCE

Since 2009, I have collaborated with several community-based organizations including those who provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ populations, teens and adults living in marginalized and medically underserved communities.My research examines how people manage stigma associated with multiple identities, and how to effectively develop community-academic partnerships, design research literacy curriculum, and understand the ethics of community engagement for HIV biomedical research. I have worked extensively with international and interdisciplinary research teams, community-based organizations, community leaders, and businesses. These experiences have honed my ability to develop relationships with community partners and national and international organizations, and design, implement, and evaluate programming using various qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Director of the 2BeatHIV Project
Founder of HIV Cure Research Day (December 14)
CEO of Community Expert Solutions
TEDx Speaker
While doctors research treatments and cures for HIV, members of our communities still deal with the stigma and everyday struggles of this deadly illness. How do we work with and care for those impacted by HIV who are still living daily with this illness?

Featured Blog Posts

 

Dr. John Hatch Early Career Professional Award

Are you worth the risk?

 

 

DEEP Dishing with Dessert

Community Engagement Improves STD Testing and Treatment in Asia

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Current Projects


 

 

Community Expert Solutions (CES Global) is a consulting company that uses crowdsourcing to identify innovative solutions to health problems. We are developing Digital LinCS as a product of CES Global. CES Global transforms the definition of active citizenship through crowdsourcing, which is a ground-up approach that empowers the public to develop solutions to their community’s health challenges.

 
We are developing Digital LinCS as a product of Community Expert Solutions (CES Global). CES Global is a consulting company with seven team members that uses crowdsourcing to identify innovative solutions to health problems. The logo and idea for Digital LinCS originate from crowdsourced community ideas on how to improve access to health services.

Digital LinCS will automate the process of determining people's eligibility and applying for wrap-around services like PAPs. Digital LinCS could save taxpayers millions a year by assisting patients in accessing support services, reducing personnel-related expenses, and generating revenue with more patient visits. The database will match users to eligible services, complete applications on their behalf, set up clinic appointments, and enable providers to track which services patients have accessed. Both patients and providers would access Digital LinCS as a tool to increase connectedness to wrap-around health services.

In 2015, I started the 2BeatHIV project, which uses crowdsourcing to identify community ideas that improve HIV cure clinical research engagement and improve HIV testing.

In 2015, I started the 2BeatHIV project, which uses crowdsourcing to identify community ideas that improve HIV cure clinical research engagement and improve HIV testing.

In 2015, I started the 2BeatHIV project, which uses crowdsourcing to identify community ideas that improve HIV cure clinical research engagement and improve HIV testing. Since 2015, 2BeatHIV has reached over 350,000 people online and 1000+ people at in-person events in North Carolina. 2BeatHIV is being piloted in South Africa and China and is supported by $200,000+ in grant funding. Our work has received several state-wide accolades for its impact on improving health equity in North Carolina.

50+ Partnerships | 300K Online Reach | 9K Site Visits | 1.2K Online Followers | 1K Event Attendees
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HIV Cure Research Day

December 14, 2016

Viola Davis, David and Tamala Mann, and Pastor Shirley Caesar want #2BeatHIV! #womensemp Visit our website to get involved in the movement: 2BeatHIV.web.unc.edu Follow us! Facebook.com/2BeatHIV Twitter: @2BeatHIV

This video highlights the work done for the 2BeatHIV project to host crowdsourcing contests to increase community engagement and raise awareness about HIV cure research in Durham, NC and across the globe.

Check out our video featuring the #RedistheNewBlack fashion show at North Carolina Central University with celebrity host, Sheryl Lee Ralph! Organized by the Lux Blog NC and 2BeatHIV, sponsored by UNC Center for AIDS Research, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease, Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina and many more!
 

Publications


 
 
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Systematic review of innovation design contests for health: spurring innovation and mass engagement

by Pan, Stein, Bayus, Tang, Mathews, Wang, Wei, and Tucker

BMJ Innovations 2017;0:1.

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Crowdsourcing and Community Engagement: A Qualitative Examination of the 2BeatHIV Contest

by Mathews, Farley, Hightow-Weidman, Muessig, Rennie, & Tucker.
Journal of Virus Eradication (in Press).

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HIV cure research community engagement in North Carolina: a mixed-methods evaluation of a crowdsourcing contest

by Mathews, Farley, Blumberg, Knight, Hightow-Weidman, Muessig, Rennie, & Tucker

Journal of Virus Eradication (in Press).

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The Role of Relationship Trust, Negotiated Risk, and Condom Use in Middle Socioeconomic Status Black Women’s HIV-prevention Strategies

by Caldwell & Mathews
Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships 2(2): 91-120.

 
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Curriculum Development to Increase Minority Research Literacy for HIV Prevention Research: A CBPR Approach

by Roman Isler, M., Batten, K., Brown, A., Eley, N., Mathews, A., Powell, N., Rogers, R., White, C., & MacQueen, K.
Progress in Community Health Partnerships. 2014 Winter;8(4):511-21

 
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Book Review: Divine Callings: Understanding the Call to Ministry in Black Pentecostalism by Richard Pit

by Allison Mathews

Social Forces, Volume 94, Issue 2, 1 December 2015, Pages e45

To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise [wo]man
— Aristotle
 

Education

 
 
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Postdoctoral Researcher

UNC Chapel Hill

Department of Social Medicine and the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Disease

08/15 - present

 
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MA/PHD

UNC Chapel Hill

Department of Sociology

Dissertation Chair: Karolyn Tyson (Lisa Pearce, Kia Caldwell, Anthony Perez, Juan Battle)
Dissertation: Stigmatized in ‘Safe’ Spaces: Black Gay Men’s Search for Reconciliation through Spirituality

Chair: Jacqueline Hagan (Karolyn Tyson, Sherryl Kleinman)
MA Thesis: Black Masculinity: An Examination of the Coping Mechanisms used by Black Men to Deal with Stress Associated with Gender Non-Conformity

08/07 - 08/15

 
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BA

Howard University

Honors Program Adviser: Ralph Gomes
Honors Thesis: The Economic Influence on Progressive Legislation: An Example of Affirmative Action, published in Conference Proceedings. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. (2007). University of Asheville Press.


summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Funded Support


3/17 - 3/19

HIV TESTING AND CROWDSOURCING NIH DIVERSITY SUPPLEMENT

March 2017- March 2019 Diversity Supplement Award

Is: Tucker/Wei (NIH NIAID)

9/17 - 9/18

UNC CENTER FOR AIDS RESEARCH

Seed grant to support development of HIV cure capacity building workshops in collaboration with UNC CFAR SCEED Office and CARE CAB

11/16 - 11/17

NC TRANSLATIONAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES (TRACS) INSTITUTE

 

PI: Mathews

Pilot award to support formative focus groups to develop HIV testing crowdsourcing contest

7/16 - 7/21

MARTIN DELANEY COLLABORATORY OF AIDS RESEARCHERS FOR ERADICATION (CARE)

July 2016 - July 2021

Lead of Community Engagement and CARE Community Advisory Board, Chapel Hill, NC

PI: Margolis (NIH NIAID)

6/16

UNC CENTER FOR AIDS RESEARCH

Community Engagement Grant, “Red is the New Black” HIV Cure Awareness Fashion Show, featuring acclaimed actress and HIV activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph

8/15 - 8/17

UNC-CH INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL MEDICINE

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
PIs: Tucker/Rennie (NIH NIAID)

12/8 - 5/14

UNC-CH DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY SEED GRANT

Race and Ethnicity Research and Writing Working Group,
PI: Allison Mathews
Faculty Sponsor: Karolyn Tyson (UNC)

5/11 - 5/12

KENAN-BIDDLE PARTNERSHIP GRANT

UNC-Chapel Hill & Duke University
Funded the development, implementation, and evaluation of collaborative, interdisciplinary "Triangle Race Conference"
PI: Allison Mathews
Faculty Sponsors: Karolyn Tyson (UNC-CH), Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Duke)