Mid-Atlantic CFAR Consortium (MACC)

The Mid Atlantic CFAR Consortium (MACC) is a collaboration between the John Hopkins University, District of Columbia and University of Pennsylvania CFARs. The Consortium works on manuscripts and joint funding applications in relation to the HIV epidemic among black MSM, and in particular young black MSM, in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

DC CFAR Co-Director, Manya Magnus represents the DC CFAR leadership on the MACC.


DC CFAR MACC Scholar Award Recipients

The MACC Scholars Program provides cross-CFAR training, mentoring, and support along with pilot funding for the Scholars to pursue research that increases understanding of HIV among highly impacted populations, as well as serve as preliminary data for future NIH proposals. The goal of the program is to support the development of new investigators with an interest in HIV among diverse populations in the Mid-Atlantic regions, and to encourage their development as independent, HIV investigators. All scholars will receive professional mentorship from MACC Scholar faculty at each of the collaborating CFARs and the opportunity to network with CFAR membership as they build their careers, while they pursue their pilot projects. Please see the DC CFAR Investigators who have been awarded with MACC Scholars Awards below:


Headshot of Dr. Kendall Moody



2024 MACC Scholar:

Dr. Kendall Moody (Howard University)

Dr. Moody's study is entitled, "Understanding and conceptualizing life chaos and its impact on viral suppression among adults living with HIV in Washington, DC."


2020 MACC Scholar:

Dr. Adeline Koay (Previously at Children's National)

Dr. Koay's study will focus on "The Impact of Rideshare Services on Health Outcomes in Youth Living with HIV ".



2020 MACC Scholar:

Dr. Blair Spence (Georgetown)

Dr. Spence's study focuses on "HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders in participants of the MACS-WIHS Combined Cohort Study".


Dr. DeMarc Hickson

2018 MACC Scholar:

Dr. DeMarc Hickson (Us Helping Us) 

Dr. Hickson examined optimal behavioral economic strategies that promote long-term PrEP adherence among Black MSM in the region.