Moana: Alternative Surveillance for COVID-19 in a Unique Population (MASC-UP)

Status: Current

Grant Start: 11/30/2020

Grant End: 11/30/2023

The Moana: Alternate Surveillance for COVID-19 in a Unique Population (MASC-UP) study is deploying innovative, culturally tailored, multi-modal, multi-level participatory surveillance systems in the largest Marshallese community in the United States, Northwest Arkansas, and offered remotely nationwide. MASC-UP will demonstrate the value of culturally tailored, participatory disease surveillance developed and tested in real-world settings to mitigate COVID-19 disparities in a high-risk, clustered population that has been profoundly underserved by public health efforts to date. Our findings can be rapidly adapted and disseminated for improved surveillance and disease prevention in other high-risk minority groups across the United States.​


  • UAMS
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Funding Sponsors

  • Federal - National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Communities Involved

  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities

Principal Investigator(s)

Team Member(s)

Heath Research Initiatives

  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander