Diverse Voices: Intersectional Approaches to Substance Use and Misuse
Date and Time– July 27, 2023, 04:00 PM EDT
The July 2023 session of Diverse Voices: Intersectionality and the Health of Women, titled “Intersectional Approaches to Substance Use and Misuse,” will feature presentations from Drs. Meyer and Meyers-Pantele. Dr. Meyer will discuss integrated solutions to address HIV and substance use disorders (SUDs) among women involved in carceral systems, and Dr. Meyers-Pantele will explore experiences of intersectional stigma among racially and ethnically diverse women who use drugs. Session attendees will learn about (1) ways the “syndemic” of substance use, violence, and HIV overlap and interact among women involved in criminal legal systems; (2) the ongoing development of integrated solutions that prevent HIV and treat SUDs to improve the health of women involved in criminal legal systems; (3) the results of formative qualitative interviews on experiences with stigma, HIV prevention services, and technology use among racially diverse women who use drugs; and (4) how this information will be employed to develop an mHealth intervention to improve HIV prevention service engagement and reduce stigma for this population.
Jaimie P. Meyer, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Meyer is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Yale University, and the Associate Program Director for Research of the Infectious Disease fellowship training program. She is a practicing physician who is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Addiction Medicine. Her NIH-funded clinical research lab focuses on HIV prevention and treatment for women, addressing social and structural determinants of health. Dr. Meyer’s ongoing projects involve HIV prevention and treatment interventions for women involved in criminal legal systems, attending to intimate partner violence, reproductive health needs, substance use disorders, and homelessness. Her clinical work and research are motivated by her experience working as an HIV care provider at the only women’s prison and jail in Connecticut.
Stephanie Meyers-Pantele, Ph.D.
Dr. Meyers-Pantele is a social and behavioral scientist whose main research interests focus on gender-, stigma-, and substance use–related processes among populations at risk for HIV acquisition. Dr. Meyers-Pantele completed her doctoral training in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use at the San Diego State University and UCSD Joint Doctoral Program, after which she completed training as a T32 postdoctoral fellow in the Training Program in Substance Use, HIV, and Related Infections at UCSD. Her current research includes quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods studies that examine the role of intersectional stigma in the health and well-being (e.g., mental health, antiretroviral therapy adherence, viral load, and injection drug use trajectories) of populations disproportionately affected by HIV (e.g., women who use drugs and sexual minority populations). Dr. Meyers-Pantele is also the principal investigator on an NIH-funded study that seeks to develop and test the usability of an mHealth intervention to improve HIV prevention service engagement and reduce intersectional stigma among racially and ethnically diverse women who use drugs.