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"Don't Deny Yourself a Seat at the Table": Supporting the Leadership Development of MSM of Color in HIV Services. Health Promot Pract 2020 Sep;21(5):838-848



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2-s2.0-85066846178 (requires institutional sign-in at Scopus site)   1 Citation


AIDS service organizations have played a vital role in responding to the HIV epidemic, yet many are plagued by an underrepresentation of racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities in leadership positions. In response, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, HIV Division, created the Wisconsin Health Leaders Fellowship program to provide training and skills to gay and bisexual men of color in HIV service organizations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The program was evaluated using in-depth pre- and post-Fellowship interviews with fellows, their agency preceptors, and Fellowship staff (n = 23 interviews). Results indicate that the Fellowship was successful at developing leadership skills and increasing the confidence of the fellows. However, findings revealed the need to address larger social and structural issues alongside supporting individuals in order to create effective, sustainable change. There is a need for cultural diversity trainings for organizational leaders, changes to organizational hiring and promotion practices, and improving opportunities for formal education for racial and ethnic minority men.

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Quinn KG, Wolfe H, Vergeront J


Katherine Quinn PhD Associate Professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

HIV Infections
Homosexuality, Male
Minority Groups
Sexual and Gender Minorities