Graham receives supplemental award to Ford Foundation grant

May 20, 2014

Louis Graham, Assistant Professor of Community Health Education, and co-principal investigator Rachel Snow of the University of Michigan have received a supplemental award from the Ford Foundation's Youth Sexuality, Reproductive Health, and Rights initiative. The award supplements “Detroit Youth Passages,” a five-year, Ford Foundation-funded ethnographic research project for which Graham is the co-principal investigator. The supplement brings the UMass total award for the project to $52,000.

The new award funds a project titled “Economic Crisis, Residential Instability, and Changing Sexual Geographies of Detroit Youth Communications and Advocacy.” Graham and colleagues will focus on: 1) amplifying youth voices in national and local discourses on sexual and gender justice and health; and 2) building youth advocacy capacity to address issues of economic crises, residential instability, and sexual vulnerabilities. The two year supplement extends the project through November 2015 and will support a Youth Sexuality Media Forum, a youth coalition, and digital storytelling activities.

Using community-based participatory approaches to his scholarship, Graham aims to understand psychosocial determinants of health among ethnic, gender and sexually marginalized groups – including mental health promotion and HIV prevention among black and Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender women. The “Detroit Youth Passages” project seeks to examine and positively transform structural conditions that contribute to sexual vulnerabilities.