Greg Gross was born and raised in Iowa. He completed a BA in Spanish and a BS in psychology at Drake University in 2003. He worked for a few years in human services and then the financial services industry before completing his master’s in social work at the University of Iowa in 2012. Greg’s master’s thesis investigated the impact of norms, attitudes and control factors related to HIV risk reduction behaviors among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Iowa. He has worked for 9 years in the field of HIV prevention and treatment, first for the AIDS Project of Central Iowa, an AIDS service organization. He was the PI for a CDC community-based prevention interventions grant for which he and his team members developed and implemented a hybrid program of virtual and in-person HIV interventions for gay, bisexual and other MSM in central Iowa. Following this, he was the director of HIV programs for central Iowa at Primary Health Care, a federally qualified health center, for 4 years. The HIV program, known as The Project of Primary Health Care, included prevention services as well as both medical and supportive services for people living with HIV funded by a combination of federal, state grants, and private donations. Most recently, Greg was a research associate and adjunct instructor through the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Fun fact: Greg has sung with the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus for 10 years.
- Health equity
- Social determinants of health
- HIV prevention and treatment interventions
- Community engaged research