Breaking the Silence Through Storytelling: Confronting Medical Mistrust to Advance HIV Prevention

Baltimore City’s Health Department is using storytelling to address medical mistrust when it comes to HIV prevention and treatment in their community. Last year, they started two programs: Baltimore in Conversation and Project Presence, to bring together members of the community to share their stories of accessing healthcare and HIV treatment. These projects stem from a human-centered design perspective and focus on the people most impacted by HIV. They also aim to create dialogue so that the causes of mistrust can begin to be addressed.

Check out this video from the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Center for Learning & Innovation to hear from the people who are making these conversations happen, and those who are participating in them.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments’ best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO’s communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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