November 19th, 2019- Over 150 community providers, members, educators, policy makers, and stakeholders joined us at St. Anne’s for the conference, “Addressing Medical Mistrust in Black Communities: Implications for HIV and other conditions.”

The objectives of this conference were to:

  • Improve understanding of the historical foundations of medical mistrust in Black communities.
  • Describe the effects of medical mistrust on health care behaviors, HIV and other health outcomes in Black communities.
  • Discuss clinic and system level changes that foster patient trust.
  • Provide attendees with skills and resources to interact with patients and caregivers in a manner that encourages healthcare engagement and improve health outcomes.

Speakers and panelists from both the community and HIV-focused health fields addressed these objectives and discussed strategies for strengthening patient-provider relationships and improving health outcomes.

Dr. Marino Bruce, Keynote Speaker

Dr.  Nina Harawa, Director of the UCLA CHIPTS Policy Core and Dr. Patrick Dowling, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine opened the morning with remarks laying the groundwork for the conference.  Powerful presentations were given on trustworthiness, medical discrimination, and social-structural influences in Black/African American communities by Dr. Marino Bruce (the event’s Keynote Speaker), Dr. Laura Bogart of the RAND Corporation, and Dr. Alicia Bonaparte from Pitzer College. A panel discussion featuring community members and providers followed, highlighting

Dr. Alicia Bonaparte, Associate Professor of Sociology Pitzer College

experiences of medical mistrust in clinical care and the necessary recommendations for improvement. To facilitate further engagement on the discussed issues, conference participants were broken into small groups, and asked to analyze a range of topics from medication uptake and adherence, to molecular HIV surveillance/partner notification/STI contact tracing. Feedback from these breakout sessions was shared, relayed, and documented. The day concluded with a presentation by Ace Robinson from Avielle Foundation on creating inclusive clinical care. Closing remarks were given by Ricky Rosales from the LA County AIDS Coordinator’s Office and Dr. Steve Shoptaw, Director of UCLA CHIPTS.

Panelists featuring community members and providers.


The meeting agenda, speaker bios, reference list, and presentation slides are available for download below. Videos of each presenter are available on our YouTube channel, and linked at the bottom of this page. Visit the CHIPTS Facebook page for a mini gallery of the event.

See the presentations below.

Addressing Medical Mistrust in Black Communities - Agenda


Addressing Medical Mistrust in Black Communities - Speak Bios


Addressing Medical Mistrust in Black Communities - Reference List


Trustworthiness: A Principle for Processes, Practices, and Partnerships to Improve Health among Disadvantaged and Disenfranchised Populations - Slides


Medical Mistrust, Discrimination, and HIV in Black/African American Communities - Slides


Should I Trust my Provider? Socio-structural Influences in African American Women's Maternal Health Experiences - Slides