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Diverse Voices: Intersectional Approaches to Substance Use and Misuse

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July 27, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

The July 2023 session of Diverse Voices: Intersectionality and the Health of Women, titled “Intersectional Approaches to Substance Use and Misuse,” will feature presentations from Drs. Meyer and Meyers-Pantele. Dr. Meyer will discuss integrated solutions to address HIV and substance use disorders (SUDs) among women involved in carceral systems, and Dr. Meyers-Pantele will explore experiences of intersectional stigma among racially and ethnically diverse women who use drugs. Session attendees will learn about (1) ways the “syndemics” of substance use, violence, and HIV overlap and interact among women involved in criminal legal systems; (2) the ongoing development of integrated solutions that prevent HIV and treat SUDs to improve the health of women involved in criminal legal systems; (3) the results of formative qualitative interviews on experiences with stigma, HIV prevention services, and technology use among racially diverse women who use drugs; and (4) how this information will be employed to develop an mHealth intervention to improve HIV prevention service engagement and reduce stigma for this population.