Pacific Islander volunteers still needed for COVID-19 study


An ongoing University of Guam–led study titled the UOG RADx-UP: Protecting Life Project is seeking volunteer participants in an effort to learn more about Pacific Islanders’ knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 and testing. Pacific Islanders are defined as the indigenous people of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Tonga, Hawai’i, and Palau.

These communities collectively have among the highest morbidity and mortality rates associated with COVID-19 in the United States.

Up to $35 in incentives is available for completing two questionnaires and referring up to three other interested and willing Pacific Islanders.

Participants of the study will be asked to complete two confidential questionnaires and to provide a specimen for COVID-19 testing. In addition, educational sessions will be offered about COVID-19 in the Pacific Islander communities along with information about COVID-19 prevention and testing.

Eligible participants must:

= self-identify as Pacific Islander,
= be 18 years of age or older,
= have never tested positive for COVID-19.
= be in Guam for at least three months, and
= not have a bleeding problem or disorder, an immune deficiency disorder, or an autoimmune disease.

This study is one of 69 projects across the United States funded by the National Institutes of Health. RADx-UP stands for the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (in) Underserved Populations.

This project is a partnership between the University of Guam and the University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine, and both sites are actively seeking to recruit up to 800 participants in Guam and 4,000 participants in Hawaii.

To determine eligibility, interested participants may visit

For more information, please contact a UOG RADx-UP research associate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays at (671) 735-0215 or via email at The project is also on Facebook as “UOG RADx-UP Protecting Life Project.”