About Us

For HIMM is run by the Minority AIDS Prevention Project (Project MAP), a research team at Brown University. We want to better the health of people who have trouble finding health information and health care.

For HIMM Mission

For HIMM wants to lower the number of new HIV infections that doctors find in Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in the United States. We hope to do this by sharing information about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) with you.

For HIMM wants to be clear, current, and aware of what makes your experience unique. This website was made for and with help from men of color who have sex with men. We chose to focus on men of color because today’s HIV infection data shows that this group has the highest risk of getting HIV. We didn’t choose to focus on men of color because of any stereotypes about them.

Trusting For HIMM

The information on this website was made by the Project MAP team and reviewed by Jacob van den Berg, Ph.D. We approve of what we’ve written on this website. We have also marked all facts on this website with a number, and if you want to learn more about that fact you can click that number to read more about it.

Project MAP is funded by the Minority HIV/AIDS Research Initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under grant #U01PS005117 (PI: van den Berg). We haven’t taken money from drug companies or any other sources. Project MAP includes this website, the For HIMM social media campaign, and a research study.


Current Team Members


For HIMM and Project MAP’s faculty are social scientists at Brown University who have spent years working in the field of HIV prevention and treatment for men who have sex with men and men of color who have sex with men.

Jacob J. van den Berg, PhD Principal Investigator

Dr. van den Berg is a counseling health psychologist whose work has focused on HIV prevention and treatment among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

Don Operario, PhD Mentor

Dr. Operario is a highly experienced social health psychologist with expertise in eHealth/mHealth behavioral and biomedical HIV prevention and treatment strategies among men of color who have sex with men and persons who are transgender.


For HIMM and Project MAP’s staff is made of students and recent graduates from Brown University and other schools. Members of our staff have earned degrees in public health, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and more.

Philip Chan, MD Dr. Philip Chan, MD Medical Consultant
Georgianna Stoukides, MAGeorgianna Stoukides, MA Research Assistant
Madeline Montgomery, MPH Madeline Montgomery, MPH Research Assistant
Sylvia Shangani, MPH Sylvia Shangani, MPH, ScM Research Assistant
John Guigayoma, MPH John Guigayoma, MPH Research Assistant
Mikey Mercedes, BA Mikey Mercedes, BA Research Assistant
Nidhi Bhaskar, Student Nidhi Bhaskar, Student Research Assistant
Natasha Richmond, Student Natasha Richmond, Student Research Assistant
Jennifer Katz, Student Jennifer Katz, Student Research Assistant
Leila PaulResearch Assistant
Miguel MedranoResearch Assistant

Former Team Members

Antonio Junco Fernández, MD Research Assistant
Ernestine Jennings, PhD Facilitator
E. Karina Santamaria, MS Facilitator
Nicole Asante, MS Research Assistant
Taylor Silverman, AB Research Assistant
Laura Bosque, Student Research Assistant
Drew Hawkinson, Student Research Assistant
Arie Hayre-Somuah, SM Research Assistant
Skylar Hess Skylar Hess Research Assistant
Alyssa Picciotti Alyssa Picciotti Research Assistant
Naomie Shembo Research Assistant
Jackie Skidmore, MSc Research Assistant
Raffee Wright Student Recruiter

Community Advisory Board

We created a Community Advisory Board to connect this website to MSM from the local community who identify as Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino. Some have HIV while some do not. The Community Advisory Board works with For HIMM and Project MAP to give us feedback on For HIMM content, design, social media messaging, and research materials.