Meeting Archive:
The Impact of Stigma on Public Health


Meeting Description:

As part of our ongoing work to address stigma and discrimination, NASTAD and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) will host a webinar on Wednesday, September 12 from 1:00-2:00 pm EDT to present the findings from NASTAD and NSCD’s national stigma assessment and to discuss stigma-specific tools to assist health departments address institutional and community-level stigma in jurisdictions.


With support from the MAC AIDS Fund, NASTAD and NCSD launched a comprehensive assessment to examine and address the multiple dimensions of stigma that may negatively impact public health practice and thwart efforts to increase sexual health and reduce HIV and STD risk among Black and Latino gay men/MSM (BLGM) in the United States.  Dr. Patrick Wilson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, will present the assessment findings and discuss the impact of stigma on public health practice and community support networks.


In addition, NASTAD and NCSD led stigma-related efforts and developed tools designed to increase comprehensive and appropriate access to prevention, care and supportive services for these men, particularly those at-risk for STD transmission.  Dana Cropper Williams, Director of Training and Education at NCSD, will present two Optimal Care Checklists (OCC) tailored for health care providers and patients. The OCC serve as tools to familiarize providers with the unique sexual health needs of BLGM and to better inform these men about HIV and STD testing options, vaccinations (e.g., hepatitis A & B), and other sexual health information.  Both OCC tools will serve to provide recommendations for tailored and innovative practices that ensure culturally-relevant, patient-centered service delivery for BLGM in clinical settings.

Date: Wed, Sep 12, 2012
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): NASTAD and NCSD
 Presenter Information
Patrick A. Wilson, PhD
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Dr. Patrick Wilson is an Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Wilson focuses on research related to HIV risk and prevention, ethnicity, and sexuality among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. Dr. Wilson's work falls into three broad topic areas including the intersecting roles that psychological factors (i.e., self-concept, identity, self-efficacy) and socio-contextual factors (i.e., social networks, discrimination and stigma, religion, trauma) play in explaining HIV risk and protective behaviors among ethnic minority MSM; the situational factors that may promote or prevent sexual risk-taking, substance use, and poor mental health among MSM; and the development, implementation, evaluation, and translation of primary and secondary HIV prevention interventions targeting youth and MSM.

Dana Cropper Williams, MPA, MHR
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Dana Cropper Williams is the Director of Training and Education at the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). She has extensive experience developing and facilitating workshops on various sexual health and wellness issues. Dana has a foundation in health, working in state government for 8 years as a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS), an HIV counselor and educator and finally the state Family Planning Administrator. Prior to NCSD, Dana worked with Northrop Grumman as a corporate trainer conducting strategic planning and organizational development workshops.