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Dr. David A. Patterson Awarded Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Fellowship

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Dr. David A. Patterson, Silver Wolf (Adelv unegv Waya), UB School of Social Work Assistant Professor and Director of the Native American Center for Wellness Research has been awarded a prestigious two year fellowship with University of Washington’s Indigenous Wellness Research Institute.

The Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training (IHART) program is an innovative research training program for Indigenous and other underrepresented ethnic minority scholars. The IHART program aims to develop a network of scholars dedicated to culturally grounded research that will contribute to ameliorating health disparities among American Indians/Alaska Natives.

The fellowship provides $20,000 to fund a Native American focused HIV/AIDS and health-related disparities pilot study, $2,000 travel, along with mentorship, cultural and tribal consultation, editorial support for grants and articles, and on-site research conference and institute attendance.

Dr. Patterson will use the research funds to investigate a Native specific HIV intervention developed by Pete Hill and Native American Community Services (NACS). NACS have been providing health and cultural services to Native Americans throughout Western New York for 35 years. The intervention being studied is titled “Healing in Volumes”©: A New Approach to HIV. The intervention focuses on historical trauma such as boarding schools and their impact on overall Native American health issues.

At the end of the two-year IHART fellowship program, Dr. Patterson, Pete Hill and NACS will have the needed materials and be prepared to submit a National Institute of Health R01 grant. This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for UB, our School of Social Work, Pete Hill and Native American Community Services. The work being conducted will directly impact the health and wellness throughout Indigenous communities along with better educating professionals who are in positions to work with Native American community members.


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