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Matthew Town
Matthew Town

Matthew has been awarded a fellowship through the American Sociological Association's Minority Fellowship Program. The Minority Fellowship is in its 40th year and Matthew has been selected alongside 6 other Ph.D. students from throughout the United States. As part of his fellowship, Matthew will work toward completing his dissertation, which investigates the impacts of everyday discrimination on HIV risk behavior among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) men who have sex with men (MSM). Using data from the HONOR Project, which is the largest investigation of AI/AN sexual minorities residing in urban areas of the United States, his project will assess the association between everyday discrimination (assessed using microaggression scales on both race and sexuality) and HIV risk behavior (related to both substance abuse and sexual behavior). The aim of his project is to inform policy makers and intervention specialists in the development of policies and interventions pertaining to AI/AN MSMs.

Matthew Town is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He graduated from Black Hills State University with a bachelor's in sociology and from Oregon State University with a master's in public health with an emphasis on global health. Matthew is pursuing his Ph.D. in sociology and social inequality. Prior to returning to school full time, Matthew worked as a program director for Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health Board the the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. HIs work focused on sexual and reproductive health as well as cancer health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives. His areas of interest include indigenous health, health disparities, social determinants of health, LGBT health, global health, medial sociology and his research interests focus primarily on community-based participatory research. Matthew is a member of the Native Research Network, American Public Health Association, American Sociological Association, Pacific Sociological Association, INternational Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development, and the Portland Area Indian Health Service Institutional Review Board. You can contact Matthew at mtown@pdx.edu.