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The Impact of HIV Stigmatization on Mental Health

Dr. Hector Colon-Rivera, Medical Director of the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc Behavioral Health Program (APM) and Physician at the Western Psychiatric Institute, was joined by:

-CDC Clinical Ambassador, Dr. Sara Bares, Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center,

-CDC Community Ambassador & Outcare Health representative Asia Sullivan, Physician Assistant and Primary Care provider in Los Angeles, CA with a focus on LGBTQ+ health.

-Dr. Karinn Glover, a board-certified psychiatrist, Director of Adult Behavioral Health at Cityblock Health, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The purpose of Mental Wellness Month awareness is to promote good mental health and break the stigma of mental health disorders. The discussion emphasizes the importance of addressing the impact of HIV stigmatization on mental health in Hispanic communities. Field experts focus their discussion on the health education necessary to reduce HIV stigma and promote testing, prevention, and treatment in the community from a psychosocial point of view.

The event was featured as an informal roundtable and highlighted patient-provider relationships pertaining to mental health & HIV treatment & care. Our intended audience will be clinicians and medical students from across the nation, who are interested in the intersectionality between mental health and HIV care, particularly within the Hispanic and other underserved communities.

NHMA provides a platform for expert speakers to share their knowledge and perspectives. The opinions expressed by these speakers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of NHMA.


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