When Communities Assess their AIDS Epidemics is a detailed ethnographic description of the AIDS epidemic in ten U.S. cities and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Employing a rapid ethnographic assessment methodology, cities from the Atlantic to the Pacific have implemented Project RARE (Rapid Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) efforts. These RARE projects examine the moving edge of the AIDS epidemic through descriptions of high-risk sites and identifications of segments of the populations at greatest risk. Utilizing a series of focus groups and street interviews, local field research teams gain an insider's perspective on HIV risk within social contexts. Dr. Benjamin P. Bowser, Dr. Ernest Quimby, and Dr. Merrill Singer have compiled these critical studies that analyze current conditions, challenges, and recommendations encountered by RARE. When Communities Assess their AIDS Epidemics is a powerful and engaging text that will appeal to those interested in public health and anthropology.
Benjamin P. Bowser is professor of sociology and social services at California State University at Hayward. Ernest Quimby is graduate associate professor of sociology at Howard University. Merrill Singer is professor of anthropology and senior research scientist at the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention at the University of Connecticut.
Chapter 1 Exploring the Boundaries of the AIDS Epidemic in the U.S. Chapter 2 Rapid Assessment: A Method in Community-Based Research Chapter 3 Responding to the AIDS Crisis in Newark, New Jersey Chapter 4 AIDS Health Emergency in Chicago Chapter 5 Confined Youth Try to Make it Real, Despite the Odds: RARE in Baltimore Chapter 6 AIDS in Philadelphia: Emerging from the Shadow of Crack Chapter 7 AIDS in the Shadow of Power: Washington, D.C. Chapter 8 Rapid Assessment in Oakland: HIV, Race, Class, and Bureaucracy Chapter 9 The AIDS Epidemic in Palm Beach County, Florida Chapter 10 The Risks of Paradise: Project RARE and the Fight Against AIDS in the U.S. Virgin Islands Chapter 11 The RARE Experience in Miami Chapter 12 Twilight's Last Gleaning: Rapid Assessment of Late Night HIV Risk in Hartford, CT Chapter 13 RARE Research in Preventing HIV among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Pima County, Arizona Chapter 14 Conclusion: Assessing Primary, Secondary, and Future Benefits of Project RARE