IMPACT Program Receives NIH Supplement to partner with University of Hawai’i to conduct SGM research with Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day ISGMH director, Brian Mustanski, announced that SMART project, a multi-site online HIV prevention program for adolescent men who have sex with men, was awarded an NIH Administrative Supplement to partner with the University of Hawai’i at Hilo (UHH). They will work in partnership with Dr. Misty Pacheco from UHH. This grant will allow formative research to be conducted into how to access and recruit Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning teenage boys.

Dr. Misty Pacheco will lead the ground-team as they run focus groups, meet with community-based organizations across the islands, and establish linkages between local AIDS-service organizations and the SMART project. In addition to the main goal of increasing recruitment into SMART by Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander teenagers, this partnership will help ISGMH and UHH scientists better understand how the intersectionality of SGM and Pacific identities impact primary and secondary HIV/STI prevention efforts.

Next month representatives from our Northwestern University and ISGMH teams look forward to meeting with many different Hawaiian community-based organizations to learn about their important work and how we can forge new collaborations to advance LGBTQ health.

Northwestern PI: B. Mustanski; Co-I: D. A. Moskowitz. Hilo PI: M. Pacheco.