Applying a Social Justice Framework to Prevention Programming for Black Women


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  • Hello: Again, my name is Kimberleigh Smith and I am the Director of the Women’s Institute at Gay Men’s Health Crisis. My brief comments this evening will pick up where Tracie and Hadiyah began and explore and make the case to promote a social justice framework and philosophy in advancing HIV prevention policy and programmatic strategies for Black women. I speak from my perspective as a program director, who oversees prevention programming for women at a large AIDS service organization, whose work often bridges program and policy solutions, as an issues advocate with a very personal commitment to contributing to the health of my communities – those being African-American, people of color, women, lesbian and many, many more roles and identities I subscribe to. This is not a radical departure from CHAMP’s overall approach, in fact it’s not a departure at all. It is my hope that this panel discussion, with my particular presentation, will motivate us to be that much more rigorous in our approach to HIV prevention, as it relates to Black women.
  • Applying a Social Justice Framework to Prevention Programming for Black Women

    1. 1. Applying a Social Justice Framework to Prevention Programming for Black Women By Kimberleigh J. Smith, MPA Director, Women’s Institute Gay Men’s Health Crisis October 8, 2008
    2. 2. Women’s Institute at GMHC
    3. 3. Complexity of HIV/AIDS Among African-American Women: A Syndemic Network Adapted from The Landscape of HIV/AIDS among African American Women in the United States , NASTAD May 2008
    4. 4. Strength-Based Strategies <ul><li>The range of interventions i.e. behavioral (individual, group, community) </li></ul><ul><li>Population- and Community-Level Interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Why we need Structural-Level Interventions that will support HIV prevention for Black women </li></ul>
    5. 5. Potential Community & Structural Level Responses <ul><li>Design population-level interventions to address s exual networks </li></ul><ul><li>Reform prison sentencing to address incarceration rates of Black men in communities </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate economic empowerment with HIV prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure young, Black women graduate from high school </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce gender-based violence </li></ul><ul><li>* Other possibilities: Drug Use, Mental Health, Housing, History of Sexual Abuse, Child Welfare </li></ul>
    6. 6. Re-Thinking Interventions & Policy Fixes <ul><li>Community mobilization </li></ul><ul><li>Service integration </li></ul><ul><li>Economic and education programs for women </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a gender-specific, HIV-prevention research agenda for Black women </li></ul><ul><li>How can we best test pop-gender-specific SIs? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we better research SIs w/pop-gender-specific outcomes? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the measurement challenges? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the costs? </li></ul><ul><li>How long do we need to see the results? </li></ul><ul><li>What strategies can we employ to prioritize SIs in the current research and policy agenda? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Thank You! <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>