Plenary 2: SYNCing Community Voices and Multi-Dimensional Responses to Competing and Complex EpidemicsThis plenary brings together various community-based organizations from across the country to discuss how new responses are needed in the “new world” we live in. “new world” has impacted various populations such as : Black women, members of the Latinx community, gay and bisexual men, and Transgender persons and how new responses are needed.
Plenary 4: SYNCing Resources and Action to Address the Socioeconomic Determinants of Syndemics and Epidemics
Research has long shown that epidemics and syndemics, including HIV, hepatitis C, sexually-transmitted infections, MPV, and COVID-19, disparately impact underserved, disenfranchised groups. These populations, which encompass racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender-diverse persons, substance users, and others, represent historically underserved populations. These groups often experience limited access to basic resources, including housing, food, housing, employment, and education, compounded by the stress associated with overlapping stigmas, such as racism, HIV stigma, and homophobia. Mitigating the impact of epidemics and syndemics requires a synchronized, syndemic approach that facilitates coordination, collaboration, investment, and innovation across local, state, and federal partners. Detailing the complex, intersectional social, political, and economic forces driving epidemics and syndemics in underserved communities is key to mitigating and ultimately eliminating them.
Speakers will describe how their agencies sync resources, including staff, funding, and knowledge, with Federal, state, and local stakeholders to address epidemics and syndemics – specifically those systemic and structural factors that undermine engagement, access, and use of clinical, behavioral, and support services. In addition, they will detail their current work to support and expand current evidence-based services and interventions that break down organizational silos and maximize impact on the social determinants of health.
This session will begin by honoring three trail blazers in the HIV field. Their legacies have had a significant impact on Black women’s health and lives. Black women in the U.S. are disproportionately impacted by HIV and STIs. Identifying strategies that synchronize the state of HIV prevention with tools that engage and develop skills for communities and providers will positively impact Black women’s health.