Craig Hutchinson received a B.A. with honors in African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. His honors thesis entitled, Comparing Stigma Management among Men who have Sex with Men in Barbados and the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the first major studies in this area. This research allowed him to understand how social context and geography influence men’s identities. Mr. Hutchinson managed a research project at University of California, San Francisco’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies that assessed HIV risk behavior among Black men leaving prison. The specific focus of the research was to better understand the context in which sex with men and drug use takes place in prison in order to help recently released men better cope with and communicate about HIV risk with future partners. While receiving an MPH degree from the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mr. Hutchinson worked as a research assistant on the HIV Prevention Trials Network 061 research study which was a large multi-site study of HIV and Black MSM conducted in six U.S. cities, and the first to determine the rate of new HIV infection among such a large prospective cohort of U.S. Black MSM.
Mr. Hutchinson was the consulting researcher with the Government of Barbados where he conducted qualitative interviews with members of the MSM community, non-governmental organizations, policy makers, and health care providers for a formative assessment prior to a Behavioral Surveillance Survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He was also the consulting researcher with the University of California, Los Angeles looking at the quality of care of HIV positive service men in the military.
Mr. Hutchinson was a research analyst with the Public Health Research, Epidemiology, Surveillance for Hemoglobinopathies (PHRESH) Project within California Department of Public Health, Genetic Disease Screening Program where he is developing, implementing and evaluating sickle cell disease and thalassemia focused health promotion education and disease awareness raising activities throughout California.
Presently, Mr. Hutchinson is the Project Coordinator for the EBAN II Project within the Alameda County Public Health Department and The University of California, Los Angeles. EBAN II Project focuses on assessing implementation and effectiveness of an evidence-based HIV risk reduction intervention for HIV-serodiscordant, heterosexual African-American couples in two geographic areas (Oakland and Los Angeles, CA) that have a high prevalence of HIV and risk conditions among African Americans. EBAN II Project will test the effectiveness of the intervention as delivered in community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve African American clients.
Mr. Hutchinson serves on the Board of Directors of the Black Gay Research Group, the HIV Prevention Planning Committee within the Alameda County Department of Public Health, the Sickle Cell Community Advisory Council of Northern California and the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 073 Black Caucus within the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.