A research collaboration by MSU psychology professor Robin Lin Miller, titled “Advocacy and Other Tactics to Challenge Barriers to HIV Care for Gay and Bisexual Men and Transgender Women (Project Act),” was selected as Exemplary Project of 2022 by the WK Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Program.
Administered jointly by the Association of Land Grant Universities and the Commitment Fellowship ConsortiumThe Kellogg Prize program recognizes universities for their outstanding achievements in developing deep and mutually beneficial partnerships with communities through their discovery, learning and outreach activities.
Based on the notable accomplishments of his project, MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, recognized Miller and his community partner, MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights, as representatives of the impactful work conducted by MSU faculty, staff, and students in collaboration with community partners.
“At MSU, we are committed to crossing social, cultural and economic boundaries and to seeking partnerships based on trust and understanding while being mindful of our privilege and responsibility to be part of the solution,” said Stanley. .
Miller began partnering with MPact, a transnational civil society organization, to dismantle barriers to HIV care for gay and bisexual men and transgender women. Global estimates suggest that infection among these populations is increasing despite efforts to end the HIV epidemic and the stigma that fuels it.
Partnerships with LGBT-led CSOs in Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Jamaica have led to systems for monitoring stigma and discrimination in the provision healthcare providers, routine health worker outreach efforts, and healthcare-community partnerships. to improve access to HIV services. Project achievements include Jamaica’s first submission on the status of transgender access to health care to the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council, setting national standards of awareness training in the Dominican Republic and expanded access to affirming HIV care in Ghana, Cameroon and Zimbabwe.
“Miller has continued to actively demonstrate MSU’s unwavering commitment to research, teaching, and community-engaged service,” said Laurie A. Van Egeren, acting associate vice provost for outreach and engagement. academics. “His project aligns with MSU’s mission to foster university-community partnerships that not only lead to a better quality of life for those affected, but also result in remarkable progress.”
Miller will be officially recognized in a ceremony at the annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium international conference hosted by the University of Georgia located in Athens in September.