NAPWA Center for Stigma and Health Literacy at Howard University
This presentation will briefly review the definitions and major facts related to (A) health related stigma, with an emphasis on HIV related Stigma; (B) health literacy, “nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using the everyday health information that is routinely available in our health care facilities” according to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010; (C) The Center, main justification and purpose, and some information related to the 2011 International Stigma Conference, how to participate in the conference, “Stigma The Attitude That Spreads HIV.”
Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, MD serves as Director, “Center for Stigma and Health Literacy” NAPWA at Howard University College of Medicine. She served as Co-PI for AIDS Clinical Trial at Howard University; Director of Medical Education for the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center-Howard University; Director & Co-PI Director of Medical Research Department, Whitman Walker Clinic. Dr. Vargas-Jackson is affiliated with The George Washington University for the past 15 years in a variety of departments/divisions in her capacity as faculty/researcher. At GWU, with its Global Health team, Dr. Vargas-Jackson participates in one of the first studies on Continuum of Care for HIV/AIDS and substance abuse in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs. Dr. Vargas-Jackson has international experience in health related gaps and systems in a variety of countries including, Peru, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Benin, Macedonia, Uganda, Djibouti, and Sudan (Khartoum). Cultural Competence in Health Care, Health Literacy and Health Related Stigma are additional areas of Dr. Vargas-Jackson’s expertise.