MayaTech projects vary in size from large, multi-year contracts, to task orders, to short-term consulting assignments. We have supported projects in diverse subject areas, including maternal, child and adolescent health, substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice, chronic disease, nutrition, physical activity, obesity, viral hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS.
Hypertension and Insulin Resistance
MayaTech is developing, implementing, and evaluating a national program to improve health outcomes for adolescent girls and women at risk for insulin resistance and prediabetes. The program will include partnerships with community stakeholders and OASH Regional Offices and their partners.
Coalition for a Healthier Community Initiative
MayaTech served as the evaluator for the Office on Women’s Health National Evaluation of the Coalition for a Healthier Community Initiative, using a participatory approach to design and implement the evaluation. The evaluation assessed the effectiveness of a gender-based systems approach to improve women and girl’s health and eliminate gender inequalities.
HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases
Social Norming Campaign - Pediatric Vaccination
MayaTech is partnering with Hager Sharp to support creation of a national, social norming campaign aimed at getting pediatric vaccinations back on track. This work includes an in-depth assessment of the current pediatric vaccination landscape and development of strategies to motivate behavior change. The project’s goal is to increase vaccination rates, reduce health disparities, and address the decline in pediatric vaccine administration resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Coordination, Dissemination, and Replication of Innovative HIV Care Strategies in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP)
In supporting the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau, MayaTech and our partner, Impact Marketing + Communications, is responsible for the development and promotion of implementation tools and resources and the delivery of capacity building technical assistance to support the uptake and replication of innovative HIV care strategies. The program serves HIV primary care providers and community-based organizations to address needs and gaps in the delivery of HIV care and treatment along the HIV Care Continuum.
OIDP Viral Hepatitis Elimination Support
MayaTech, is working with the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) to identify systemic barriers to integrated hepatitis care, prevention, and treatment; develop integrated payment models and policies; facilitate collaboration with federal and non-federal partners; and provide communications and dissemination support. The focus of this effort is to advance progress toward viral hepatitis elimination.
OIDP Viral Hepatitis Action Plan
MayaTech supported OIDP’s implementation of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, by engaging government and non-governmental stakeholders in a range of complementary activities. Our work included supporting development of the updated 2017-2020 Action Plan; coordinating a webinar for the launch of the 2017-2020 Action Plan and developing the Action Plan companion Partner Planning; and developing and supporting the Action Plan communication plan through blogs, website content and social media content.
Public Health and Policy
Support for the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
MayaTech is continuing our support of the Commissioned Corps Headquarters in their efforts to expand the Ready Reserve Corps and Public Health Emergency Response Strike Team, as well as enhance core operations. MayaTech is providing organizational development and change management support, as well as strategic support for communications and outreach.
Evaluation of Vaccine-Related Promotional Materials for Community Health Workers
MayaTech is surveying approximately 500 African-American community health workers (CHWs) over the age of 50 to assess the effectiveness of materials aimed at increasing knowledge around vaccination. This work, led by the HHS Office of Regional Health Operations, aims to understand the impact of culturally appropriate promotional materials, and the current perceptions around routine adult vaccinations, as well as the COVID-19 vaccine.
University of Miami
The University is developing a social network intervention to increase uptake, retention and adherence to PrEP, bundled with gender affirming therapy (GAT) in Black and Latina transgender women. MayaTech is developing the interview guides, IRB protocols and will contribute to content analysis, interpretation and reporting.
Media Relations Support for Wiley College
MayaTech provided press release, media relations, and social media strategy support to Wiley College. The efforts resulted in hundreds of social media shares, as well as social and traditional media pickup by national, local, higher education African American, and HBCU-focused media outlets. As some of the nation’s smaller, private HBCUs do not have robust communications teams, MayaTech fosters the expanded visibility of these institutions via media relations support and social media strategy. Learn more at MayaTechConnect.
The National Institutes of Health AIM-AHEAD initiative recently funded a national consortium "to establish mutually beneficial and coordinated partnerships to increase the participation and representation of researchers and communities currently underrepresented in the development of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) models. The AIM-AHEAD Coordinating Center includes four cores, including the Data Science Training Core (DSTC), a partnership led by Howard University, to provide training opportunities to enhance health equity in AI/ML research. MayaTech is the external evaluator for the DSTC.
Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI)
MayaTech conducted process, implementation, and outcome evaluation activities for RCMI for both Howard University and City College of New York’s NIMHD-funded grant programs. MayaTech’s Chief Science Officer, Suzanne Randolph Cunningham, co-authored an article on the conceptual model, metrics, and best practices for evaluation of NIMHD’s RCMI, which was published in November 2020 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.