Written by Naima Cozier, Consultant, JSI Atlanta
It was an honor to present during yesterday’s APHA session “Exploring Gender and the impact it has on HIV Risk” with Tajan Braithwaite Renderos of JSI- Boston.
Gender is an integral component of HIV prevention programming globally, but this work is only beginning in the United States (US). The Office on Women’s Health of the US Department of Health & Human Services (OWH) has led Federal efforts to raise awareness of the gender inequality and inequity that contribute to US women’s and girls’ vulnerability and risk for HIV infection. Since 2008, OWH has been working to develop the HIV Prevention Gender Toolkit that will guide the design and implementation of gender-responsive HIV prevention intervention for women in the US.
JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) and National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) are OWH capacity-building providers that are assisting US HIV program planners and managers to integrate a gender perspective in their ongoing HIV prevention programs and support services.
Our APHA session in partnership with the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) reviewed key concepts of gender, the impact of gender norms on HIV risk, and the essential elements of gender-responsive programming. The 25 attendees were eager to learn more about our work and the HIV Prevention Gender Toolkit.
JSI is committed to bringing gender-responsive strategies to HIV prevention work in the United States and look forward to our continue work with OWH and the release of the OWH HIV Prevention Gender Toolkit.