Track 4 - Health Equity

Sharing Session - 90 Minutes

F6 - Real Conversations: Reconciling Privilege in Racial Justice & Sexual Health.

Wednesday, July 11
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Salon E

Our workshop will address the importance of acknowledging the roles which race and social determinants play in provision of sexual health services. We will examine intersectionality and how this framework can help connect clients and providers. We will discuss the complexities of working with clients who have differing identities and address personal behaviors that can help grow providers in their own cultural awareness. As two cis gender white women, we will lead discussion around the many questions we face when serving diverse communities. We will challenge workshop participants to gain awareness of how personal identity influences one's community with clients and the ways in which it can impact quality of service. This workshop will focus on opening up real conversations where there may not be clear cut solutions while fostering mutual respect for the differences in all of us. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to define implicit bias and have a resource to examine their own, apply intersectionality to acknowledge both individuality and connectivity in the varied experiences of the clients we serve, and create an action plan for changes they can make in their work to improve cultural competence.


Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health, Communicable Disease

Hannah Stutts

STI Testing Grant Coordinator
Mecklenburg County Public Health

Hannah Stutts is a Community-based Testing Grant Coordinator with the Mecklenburg County Health Department, working since 2009 in the area of HIV/AIDS education and awareness. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Edgewood College in Madison. Wi. in 2007, with double minors in Women and Gender Studies and Sociology. Prior to working for the health department, Hannah was an AmeriCorps member of Team Charlotte through the National AIDS Fund in 2008 and 2009.
Hannah has devoted her career to HIV advocacy, currently serving as a member of the Mecklenburg County HIV Council, as well as the Mecklenburg County Diversity Council. She also is a charter member of the Charlotte Black Treatment Advocacy Network (BTAN) through the Black AIDS Institute, and was a charter member of the first Regional MSM (Men having Sex with Men) task force. Hannah was a presenter and planner of the North Carolina MSM conference, and has presented two years in a row at the North Carolina Sexual Health conference, presenting on why race matters in sexual health education.


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Whitney R. Schwalm

Harm Reduction Program Coordinator
Cabarrus Health Alliance

Ms. Schwalm currently serves as the Harm Reduction Program Coordinator at Cabarrus Health Alliance, providing community outreach related to substance use, overdose prevention and response, naloxone distribution, and communicable diseases. She manages client engagement for the Syringe Exchange Program of Cabarrus County, including education on substance use, infection prevention, sexual health, crisis support, as well as linkage to primary care and mental health services. Ms. Schwalm coordinates consultation, training, and support to program staff and partner agencies.

Ms. Schwalm also works with BTAN Charlotte. The Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN), is a part of a commitment of the Black AIDS Institute to help raise HIV science and treatment literacy, advocate for policy change and research priorities, and mobilize collective action to end the epidemic in the Black community.

In her previous role as an Associate with CDC’s Public Health Associate Program (PHAP), Ms. Schwalm was assigned to the Communicable Disease Department at Cabarrus Health Alliance. She spent two years conducting HIV/STD programming and her principle projects included opening a PrEP Clinic (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV prevention) and community organizing to implement the syringe exchange program within the health department.

Ms. Schwalm was a pre-medical student at the University of Richmond, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Healthcare Studies in 2015. She was a scholar in the Global Health, Medical Humanities, and Human Rights Program, working with Remote Area Medical in Grundy, Virginia and Esperanza International in the Dominican Republic. She studied globalization and cross-cultural perspectives of community health through the International Honors Program during a semester abroad in India, Vietnam, and South Africa.

Ms. Schwalm was accepted to medical school this year and will be joining the Class of 2022 at University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill this August.


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