Promoting Our Worth, Equality, and Resilience (POWER)
POWER is supported by an R01 from the National Institute of Nursing Research and an R21 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Promoting Our Worth, Equality, and Resiliency (POWER) is a community-engaged HIV surveillance study dedicated to a comprehensive understanding of HIV-related health disparities among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women. Research has long documented disproportionate HIV incidence and prevalence experienced by communities of Black MSM and transgender women all across the country. Yet because large surveillance studies frequently recruit relatively small numbers of persons from minority communities, it becomes difficult to explore in-depth about the circumstances that facilitate increased risk of HIV infection and poor health outcomes among HIV-negative and HIV-positive Black MSM and transgender women.
We partner with the Center for Black Equity, an organization committed to the total wellness of Black LGBT persons. One of their many responsibilities is to facilitate the vast network of Black Pride events that occur across the country each year, in which Black LGBT people have an opportunity to openly celebrate and organize with their communities. By forging relationships with Black Pride events and the various organizations that help make them possible across the country, we are able to administer a detailed health questionnaire and offer HIV testing to study participants. To date we have recruited over 5,000 participants in this critically important research.
The 2016 annual POWER report is now available.