UCSF Prevention Science: HIV/AIDS Prevention Research in Black/African American Communities

Posted February 9, 2024

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Use our HIV/AIDS Prevention Research in Black/African American Communities booklet to:

  • Stay up-to-date on our latest research.
  • Provide materials in training and presentations.
  • Advocate for services and funding.
  • Write grants.
  • Develop new or modify existing HIV prevention programs.
  • Connect with us. The investigators are listed for each study.

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Recent CAPS TownHalls

Black Americans’ Health and Healthcare Experiences

Historically and presently, Black Americans endure disproportionately worse health outcomes and discrimination in healthcare. First, I will present data (including a nationally representative sample) that assesses the influence of the quality of healthcare experiences on medical trust and early COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy in Black Americans. Next, this presentation deeply examines the specific context and experiences in physician-Black patient interactions that may erode medical trust. This is done in a qualitative study conducted with Black American women with breast cancer, a group with repeated exposure to the medical community. Also, I will discuss research that tests how learning about the stories of Black American experiences in healthcare can increase White American perspective-taking. Implications for how medical institutions can build trust with the Black community by acknowledging and addressing injustice in the healthcare system will be discussed.

Dr. Kimberly J. Martin is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Francisco. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UCLA and her B.A. in Psychology, with honors and high distinction, from UC Berkeley. Her research centers on the impact of inequity and the importance of history to current experiences, perceptions, and mental/physical health outcomes of minoritized people. Specifically, much of her research looks at the experiences of Black Americans in the healthcare system. It tests how to improve outcomes for Black Americans by increasing the acknowledgment of and support for addressing racism.

Are you working to prevent HIV in your community?

We are home to 101 prevention scientists, researchers, and staff who conduct high-impact HIV prevention science. We also provide Technical Assistance in the use of HIV science.

  • Consult with one of our researchers
  • Review program materials
  • Targeted review of grant proposals and surveys
  • Assistance in facilitating research and community partnerships
  • Consultations on intervention curricula
  • Review assessments and measurement tools
  • Evaluation resources
  • Explore our fact sheets and reports.
  • Assistance accessing our science papers (Journal article searches, etc.)
  • Interpreting and applying HIV science to community programs
  • Assistance with social media for public health
  • View our transgender resources from the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

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