SYNC 2020 Special Sessions

"Intersectional Stigma Experiences and Access to Care"
Thursday, September 10, 2020 / 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Session Overview & Objectives

During this session, participants will learn how stigma undermines access to care in marginalized communities, most notably racial and ethnic groups and sexual and gender minorities, which bear a disparate burden of non-communicable and infectious diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis, and COVID-19. 

Stigma in this session will be described as a set of interrelated oppressions based on clients’ race, sexual orientation, gender expression, and/or health status. Several persons with HIV will describe the impact of stigma in their lives. Providers, in turn, will discuss evidence-based approaches to improving access to care among underserved client populations. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions before and after the session.


Ending the HIV Epidemic and Social Justice: COVID-19, HIV, and the Black Communities Pre-Conference Webinar

The COVID-19 global pandemic has highlighted the inequitable distribution of health risk and disease among Black communities in the U.S. In addition to accounting for 42% of all new HIV cases in the U.S. annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that Blacks are 5.0 times more likely than whites to have COVID-19, and are 3.8 times more likely to die from it. HIV and COVID-19 disparities reflect socioeconomic inequities common in many Black communities, such as poverty, lack of insurance, and under/unemployment, which create barriers to testing, treatment, and care. Addressing the intersection of these diseases has been challenging as public officials work to incorporate social justice issues thoughtfully into public health policy and practice and large numbers of the HIV public health workforce are redirected from HIV to COVID-19.

Those who view this pre-conference session will be able to: 

1.  Illustrate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on EHE, racial and ethnic communities, and health care systems. 

2.  Highlight how systemic health and social inequities continue to impact the lives of Black communities.

3.  Discuss methods for reframing public health responses as social justice issues.

4.  Provide practical solutions for modifying programming and services to address systemic health and social inequalities.