MSM OF COLOR TRACK

MSM OF COLOR TRACK SESSIONS

The MSM of color track addresses the intersections of HIV, HCV, STIs, and LGBT health among MSM of color, particularly among racial and ethnic minority groups in underserved and disenfranchised  communities. Sessions in this track stress the importance of building the capacity of the healthcare workforce through multi-stakeholder informed learning and curriculum development; engagement and collaboration informed by quantitative and qualitative data; peer navigation programs based on community-based participatory action research-informed approaches; and stakeholder engagement supporting greater uptake in HIV prevention approaches among underserved perspectives.

Best Practices in Learning and Curriculum Development to Support Holistic Health Among MSM of Color

Session Summary:

Black men who have sex with men (Black MSM) are among the highest risk groups for contracting HIV in the United States. Estimates indicate that nearly a quarter of Black MSM who are seronegative at age 18 will have HIV by the time they are age 25, and data from the CDC indicate that young Black MSM are almost four times more likely than their White or Hispanic peers to be HIV positive. This session provides health care workers and other stakeholders valuable skills in understanding how providers can overcome internal biases and link BMSM with HIV and those at high risk for HIV into testing, treatment, and care. This session will detail best practices to increase provider health literacy, enhance cultural mindfulness, increase collaboration amongst providers statewide, and develop and implement quality improvement projects as a multi-regional approach for improved health outcomes for Black MSM. It is essential for community-based organizations, federally-qualified health centers, and other organizations engaging Black MSM in any HIV prevention and treatment service.

Participants will hear of a training that helps providers breakdown and overcome dominant, heternormative notions of Black masculinity, which often intersect with racism and violence, resulting in powerful stereotypes about men of color. Participants also will learn how that MSM of color described as “hard to reach” often are blocked by psychosocial and structural barriers determinants, such as racism, stigma, lack of cultural mindfulness, and other psychosocial barriers. Providers must address these barriers to effectively engage this population in services. Participants also will learn about a hands-on coaching and peer support program that addresses structural issues in HIV care and reduces HIV disparities experienced by Black MSM.

Learning Objectives:

          • Describe the social determinants that undermine the engagement, recruitment, and retention of Black MSM in health care;
          • Detail how social norms around masculinity support the creation and dissemination of stereotypes that make it hard for others to hear and understand the lived experiences and stories of individuals, including those of men of color, that do not align with the dominant story/culture of masculinity;
          • Detail the strategies that were used to employ evidenced-based practices in healthcare settings;
          • Outline diverse methods to engage and retain Black MSM in HIV prevention and treatment services;
          • Discuss best practices to increase cultural mindfulness of service providers who work with Black MSM;
          • Enumerate strategies to increase statewide (or multi-regional) collaboration among HIV service providers; and
          • Explain how to develop and implement quality improvement projects to mitigate health disparities among Black MSM

Learning Objectives:

          • Corey Ingram, A.I.R. Consulting and Coaching Services, LLC
          • Jasmine Black, Indiana State Department of Health
          • Darrin K. Johnson, Brothers United

Improving MSM of Color Health Outcomes Through Engagement and Community Collaboration

Session Summary:

Black bisexual, gay, and men who sex with men (BGM) are less likely than their white counterparts to access and use biomedical interventions, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to reduce their lifetime risk of acquiring HIV. Organizations serving this population often describe BGM as a “hard to reach high risk population”.

In this session, participants will learn innovative approaches to engaging MSM across in HIV prevention, treatment, and support services through the recruitment, hiring, and training of appropriate team members; using data to drive HIV prevention practices; and engaging and retaining trained members of the client population in prevention, education, testing, treatment and social support services. We will also highlight how to create a network and base of engagement in areas where YMSM live, are educated and employed at a higher rate.

Learning Objectives:

          • Describe the lived experiences and social determinants that undermine use of biomedical interventions and engagement in care among BGM;
          • Discuss wellness and resilience among BGM from a sociocultural-reality framework;
          • Describe the differences in overall wellness between BGM and other populations in the U.S.;
          • Detail current beliefs held by providers concerning the reluctance of BGM to engage in health care services and biomedical HIV prevention approaches (PrEP and PEP), in particular; 
          • Discuss culturally-appropriate digital marketing approaches and how they can be used to recruit BGM into care and encourage use of PrEP and PEP;
          • Leverage diverse qualitative and qualitative approaches to collect and analyze data in order to understand the population’s needs; and
          • Detail how to create and sustain safe spaces for BGM that support retention in care and use of PrEP and PEP

Speakers:

          • Kevin Williams, Get It Get It
          • Michele Durham, BEAT AIDS Coalition Trust
          • Jose Contreras, BEAT AIDS Coalition Trust
          • Nada Fadul, University of Nebraska Medical Center
          • Tommy Young-Dennis, Nebraska AIDS Project
          • Nevin Heard, Roosevelt University

Developing and Supporting Peer Navigation to Improve MSM Engagement and Retention in Care

Session Summary:

Participants in this training will learn how the lived experiences and social determinants of Black men who have sex with men across can inform how they appraoch and are impacted by peer navigation. Speakers will discuss training elements essential to successful peer navigation training: HIV 101, HIV testing, social determinants of health, motivational interviewing, drug resistance and adherence to HIV treatment, entry into and retention in care, stigma, and implicit bias. Themes of holistic health, and their relationship to social network support and peer navigation, will be outlined. 

Learning Objectives:

          • Explain the need for a peer navigation training programs, and how they are developed and implemented;
          • Detail how a peer navigation training can help peers apply knowledge in their work with clients; connected peers to each other; and enable them to help clients move through the continuum of care more efficiently; and
          • Describe the social determinants that inform BMSM’s uptake of health services and peer navigation support.

Speakers:

          • Dr. Circe Le Compte, HealthHIV and Harvard University
          • Lori Ward, University of Mississippi Medical Center
          • Mauda Monger, My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.
          • Rodney Washington, University of Mississippi Medical Center