Because he wanted a “visceral take” on his potential subjects, Christopher Coleman, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H., A.P.R.N.-B.C., A.C.R.N., F.A.A.N., sat for weeks in the waiting rooms of five Philadelphia clinics just getting to know older HIV-positive African American men, their families, and friends. He didn’t want to wait until he was ready to recruit volunteers for his latest HIV/AIDS study to introduce himself.

The experience not only allowed Coleman to build strong relationships with his possible study candidates, but to understand the challenges and unique cultural nuances that may impact their access to services.

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