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Familias en Acción presents Invisible Barriers: Surviving HIV and COVID-19
Stigma, racism, homophobia, transphobia and many other forms of discrimination are often invisible barriers that communities of color face on a daily basis. It can interfere with their access to medical services, physical, mental and sexual health, as well as influencing whether or not to return for another medical visit. Please join our HIV/STI Sexual Health Program, Me Cuido, Te Cuido, as we discuss these concepts with panelists Dr. Jonathan Garcia, Dr. Roberto Orellana and Dr. Allison Mathews. This webinar is an opportunity to hear from topic experts leading up to our 2021 Latino Health Equity Conference in June. We hope you can attend!

Mar 2, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Allison Mathews, P.h.D
Executive Director and Research Fellow in Faith and Health @Wake Forest University
Dr. Allison Mathews serves as Executive Director and Research Fellow in Faith and Health. She previously served as the Associate Director of Integrating Special Populations in the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Health. She specializes in integrating technology, social marketing, community engagement and social science to examine the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and religiosity on HIV-related stigma and to innovate clinical research engagement and access to health care for underserved populations. Dr. Mathews has been invited to speak about HIV and COVID-19 on national and international platforms, including TEDxCaryWomen. Dr. Mathews and Ms. Kimberly Knight co-founded and had December 14 officially declared by the state of North Carolina as HIV Cure Research Day to raise awareness about HIV cure research and encourage community involvement in ending the HIV epidemic.
Jonathan Garcia, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of the Global Health Program in the College of Public Health and Human Science @Oregon State University
Dr. Jonathan Garcia is Assistant Professor and Director of the Global Health Program in the College of Public Health and Human Science at Oregon State University. His community-engaged research addresses the cultural and political factors that drive psychosocial health disparities among socially marginalized groups, especially LGBTQ+ Latinx and Black communities in the USA and globally. As Director of the Engaging the Next Latinx Allies for Change and Equity (ENLACE) program, he is using global strategies to combat social isolation and bullying against LGBTQ+ youth of color participating in Oregon 4-H outreach programs. His past work includes a comparative ethnography of the role of religious organizations mobilizing HIV prevention and care in Brazil, and a project to advance acceptance and uptake of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among Black men who have sex with men in New York City.
Dr. Roberto Orellana, PhD, MPH, MSW
Professor of Social Work and Public Health @Portland State University
E. Roberto Orellana, PhD, MPH, MSW, is the Associate Dean for Research and Sponsored Projects at Portland State University’s School of Social Work. He’s also an affiliate faculty in Public Health and Indigenous Nations Studies at PSU. He’s held visiting research scientist appointments at UCSD’s Department of Global Public Health, and Oregon State University’s College of Public Health. Internationally, he works with several indigenous organizations, and is a member of the Board of Directors of a research and education non-profit organization in Guatemala, and he’s also served on the Research Advisory Council of the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV/AIDS. Both of these international institutions are dedicated to HIV prevention and health promotion among indigenous populations throughout the globe. Dr. Orellana is indigenous Maya, born in Guatemala. He’s spent most of his life living in the ancestral lands of the Duwamish and Chinook people in today’s Washington State.