Sharing Session - 60 Minutes

HIV in the South: How Community Health Workers are Improving Outcomes and Addressing Stigma and Discrimination

Wednesday, July 11
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Salon H

Across the United States, especially in the South, stigma and discrimination are systemic barriers to accessible, effective, and equitable healthcare and prevent individuals from seeking out and obtaining services that can improve their health and even save their lives. Stigma and discrimination are markers of broader social injustices such as racism, classicism, and gender bias, greatly affecting the most marginalized and oppressed communities. The South experiences the greatest burden of HIV infection, illness, and deaths of any US region. The cyclical relationship between stigma and discrimination and HIV is well documented and continues to hinder the effort to combat the HIV epidemic in the South.

NACCHO’s Southern Initiative, a three-year project supported by the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund and administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau, supports four organizations in the South to implement community health worker (CHW) models that improve HIV outcomes and reduce disparities among minority populations. This session will feature speakers from two of the Southern Initiative organizations – CrescentCare in New Orleans and Avenue360 in Houston – who will share information about how they are using CHWs to combat stigma and discrimination in their efforts to increase linkage and retention in care. CHWs will share stories and reflections from their work to eliminate barriers and support their clients. Participants will learn about strategies for integrating CHWs into existing service delivery models and will be actively engaged in discussion about this work.

Gretchen Weiss, MPH

Director, HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis
NACCHO

Ms. Weiss is the the Director of HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). She has over 10 years of experience in the HIV field and received her Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Sarah Getachew

Program Analyst, HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis
National Association of County and City Health Officials

Sarah Getachew is a program analyst on the HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis team at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). She has spent the majority of her professional career in the HIV field, with more than 5 years of experience delivering capacity building services to community based organizations and local health departments. Sarah is currently leading the Health is Power demonstration site project at NACCHO and has participated in and led several national sexual health campaigns.

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Oscar Perez

Community Health Worker, Health Promotions Manager
Avenue 360 Health and Wellness

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Nicole Shantz, MPH

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Katie Perry

Community Health Worker
CrescentCare

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