Addressing Bias and Disparities in the Care of Patients with HIV: A Call to Action

This activity is part of a series


Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc is an Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine. She is also the Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, and Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She is a practicing internist, medical educator, and clinician investigator. Her research pursues health equity and social justice, with a focus on promoting equitable doctor/patient relationships among racial minorities, integrating the medical and social needs of patients, and addressing health care discrimination and structural racism impacting health outcomes (e.g., diabetes, COVID-19). Dr. Peek has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts on health care disparities, diversity, and bias; has been the principal investigator of multiple grants to address health disparities; and has been invited to speak at numerous local and national medical meetings.

Jake Collins, PA-C, MPH
Physician Assistant, Dr. V. Medical, Los Angeles, CA
Jake Collins, PA-C, MPH

Jake Collins, PA-C, MPH grew up in Dacula, GA. After receiving a BS in Psychology at the University of Georgia, he received a Master of Public Health from the University of Arizona. He then moved to Los Angeles, CA where he worked for several non-profits serving the LGBTQ+ community. While working in HIV clinical research, he discovered a passion for patient care.

Jake attended the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program at the University of Washington, graduating in 2019. He worked in clinical orthopedics prior to joining Dr V. Medical in Los Angeles, CA in 2021. His interests include music, fitness, and traveling. He is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Associate Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD, MPH, MCHES

Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD, MPH, MCHES is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University-Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWU-SPH). He is also the Founding Director of the Gill-Lebovic Center for Community Health in the Caribbean and Latin America at GWU-SPH. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz is a community health scientist with nearly two decades of experience practicing public health and conducting community-centered HIV research in Puerto Rico, the Americas, and the Caribbean. His work has focused on health equity through actions on the social determinants of health, with special attention to Latino communities, sexual and gender minority populations, and people affected by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

His research and scholarship have led to coverage in well-known national and international media sources and major research publications and conferences. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz completed a PhD in Public Health with a major in Community Health, an MPH in Health Education, and post-doctoral training in HIV and Global Health Research. He also completed post-graduate training in health policy, human rights, and health diplomacy.

Statement of Need

Although significant advances have been made in HIV prevention and treatment strategies, leading to decreased HIV incidence and improved health outcomes in some populations, HIV continues to disproportionately affect underserved communities. There are persistent racial and ethnic disparities in new diagnoses, prevalence, and mortality, as well as access to care and the distribution of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). It is critical that clinicians understand the root causes of these disparities and recognize the pervasive impact they have on the care of patients with HIV and their overall outcomes.

In this CME Outfitters Snack, expert faculty will guide viewers through a review of current data underscoring the existence of racial and ethnic disparities within HIV prevention and care, as well as how systemic racism and social determinants of health contribute to these health disparities. They will also provide actionable steps for clinicians to take to achieve more equitable care for those living with HIV.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to illustrate the pervasive impact of bias and disparities on the care of persons with HIV.

Financial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Walmart Inc.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals (physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician associates (PAs), nurses, and pharmacists) within the Walmart network

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Activity UAN: JA0007185-0000-22-162-H01-P

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Optometry (COPE) 0.75

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Disclosure Declaration

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Dr. Peek reports the following financial relationships: Consultant: Pfizer Inc.

Mr. Collins reports the following financial relationships: Advisory Board: Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Other Financial or Material Support: Sponsored social media posts with the following companies/brands: Ballsy; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); FIGS, Inc.; FOLX Health; Nutraceutical Wellness Inc.; and Nutrisense

Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz reports the following financial relationships: Advisory Board: Coai, Inc. and NMAC; Consultant: Gilead Sciences, Inc. Grants: Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Centers for Disease Control and Health. Research Support: National Institute of Health. Speakers Bureau: Merck & Co., Inc.

The following peer reviewer and CME Outfitters staff have no financial relationships:

  • Shirley Michelle Franks, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (peer reviewer)
  • Meghann Taft-Lockard (planning committee)
  • Morgan Stockberger, MD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

Faculty of this CE activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices.

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Optometry (COPE) Activity Number: 125256, Course ID#: 82424-PB

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Addressing Bias and Disparities in the Care of Patients with HIV: A Call to Action
Event Date: 12/23/2022