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MSM Cultural Sensitivity


Men who have sex with men remain the largest population impacted by HIV in the United States. Stigma, homophobia and discrimination put gay and bisexual men of all races at ethnicities at risk and may affect whether they seek and are able to receive high quality health care services including HIV testing, treatment and prevention services. In order for health care providers to effectively address social factors which make MSM vulnerable to HIV, they need to create their own enhanced understanding of why those factors, like stigma and homophobia, put MSM at risk.

Our MSM Cultural Sensitivity Training builds providers overall understanding of the cultural and social dynamics adversely impacting MSM populations’ access and engagement in healthcare services.


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Cultural Humility: A Focus on MSM & Trans Women



As health professionals, we are often challenged in understanding and supporting the complex healthcare needs of the diverse gay, bisexual/non-gay identified/MSM and trans women clients we serve. Clients bring their expectations, experiences, beliefs, communication styles, and attitudes to all healthcare encounters. Health professionals also bring their own assumptions and previous experiences with clients of a particular culture or group to the encounter. These different perspectives can make providing culturally relevant services difficult.

This one day training will enhance the capacity of healthcare professionals effectively to support MSM and trans women clients by introducing the framework of cultural humility. We will describe the goals and principles of cultural humility and apply them to improve provide/client relationships and increase an understanding of the complex healthcare needs of these communities.

Upon completion of training attendees will be able to:

Clearly define the terms cultural competency, cultural literacy, and cultural humility

Gain awareness of privilege and oppression related to sexual orientation and gender identity

Understand how unconscious bias and micro-aggressions impact the delivery of services to MSM and trans women

Identify strategies to improve cultural humility in working with MSM and trans women


Social Determinants of Health



Stigma has been a major obstacle in combating HIV since the beginning of the epidemic. The communities in the United States disproportionately impacted by HIV are those historically impacted by other types of stigma based on factors such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender-identity, age, and socio-economic status.  A comprehensive response to stigma is needed In order to impact current health disparities and improve engagement at all levels of HIV treatment and care.

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Comprehensive HIV Prevention Programs Review Meeting

Celebrating Successes and Lessons Learned in HIV Prevention: A Retrospective Look with an Eye on the Future

April 24 – 26, Atlanta Georgia

The PS12-1201: Comprehensive HIV Prevention Programs for Health Departments Program Review Meeting was a three day, interactive platform providing a chance for health departments to share successes and lessons learned from their HIV prevention programs.

Duran Rutledge and Tim Vincent represented our CAPTC CBA program at the meeting and presented at the breakout sessions CBA Provider Network Overview and Innovative HIV Prevention Approaches: Deconstructing Homophobia and Transphobia.

Our CBA team and friends at the Program Review Meeting.  

ARTAS Training

Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services

The fabulous group from the ARTAS training on April 19-20 in Orlando, Florida

Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) is an intervention with the goal of linking recently diagnosed persons with HIV to medical care soon after receiving their positive test result. ARTAS is based on the Strengths-based Case Management (SBCM) model, which encourages clients to identify and use personal strengths, create goals for themselves and establish an effective working relationship with their Linkage Coordinator (LC).

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Inspiring Change

Using Motivational Interviewing to Support Engagement in Care

March 28th & 29th, and again on March 30th & 31st

Honolulu, HI

with Deborah Wyatt-O’Neal and Duran Rutledge

For many clients living with HIV, staying in care or returning to care can be challenged by a complex set of experiences such as stigma, substance use, mental health, and cultural affiliations. It is our responsibility as providers to examine barriers to care and support clients to achieve optimal health through engaging in care. This two day training will focus on the use of motivational interviewing techniques and related strategies to support and encourage engagement in care.

This course is for case managers and other providers working to support engagement in care and prevention services for people living with HIV.

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Project ACCESS

Engaging and Retaining Clients in HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care

March 9, 2017

Patrick Piper will present an hour-long webinar on engaging and retaining “hard-to-reach” populations in HIV prevention, treatment and care.

This webinar is intended for Minority AIDS Initiative providers funded through the California Office of AIDS to assist in overcoming challenges to working with populations deemed “hard-to-reach” and linking them to and retaining them in HIV prevention, care and treatment.

Effective strategies will be shared and Best Practice examples will be given.

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About Our Work

We work with health departments nationally to strengthen their ability to provide effective HIV care and prevention. We focus on high impact prevention interventions and strategies geared towards HIV testing, prevention for people living with HIV, and policy development.

Our services include an array of innovative trainings and technical assistance strategies. We are available to respond to specific, individualized requests on any topic related to HIV prevention.

Trainings & Technical Assistance

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Deconstructing Homophobia and Transphobia

High rates of HIV infection among MSM and transwomen of color are linked to structural inequalities such as homophobia, transphobia, racism, and poverty.  This training focuses specifically on the impact that homophobia and transphobia have on the provision of prevention and care services as well as on health outcomes.
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Developing Structural Interventions

Structural Interventions (SIs) can influence social determinants by increasing availability, accessibility and/or acceptability of HIV resources and services.  They also are effective mechanisms for organizational change.
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Group Facilitation

The skills to effectively facilitate a group include the ability to provide a safe environment, acknowledge and validate a multiplicity of viewpoints and, when appropriate, facilitate an inclusive decision-making process. This training is appropriate for beginning as well as experienced facilitators.
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HIV Status Disclosure

This  training explores the many issues that may arise for people living with HIV in deciding when and how to disclose their status.  We discuss strategies for supporting disclosure in a number of professional settings.
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MSM Cultural Sensitivity

This course highlights cultural competency as a foundational skill when working with gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.
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Recruitment and Retention

This training enhances the quality and effectiveness of recruiting populations at highest risk for contracting or transmitting HIV into prevention and treatment programs.
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Social Determinants of Health

This course describes the relationship that social determinants have on health outcomes and explores strategies to effectively address them.
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This training focuses on the changes providers can make to respond to the impact that stigma has on risk, prevalence and access to services.
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Strength-Based Approach

This model or approach marks a shift from a traditional deficit-based perspective to one which recognizes clients’ strengths and competencies.
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Understanding Boundaries

The ability to set and maintain boundaries is critical to ensure effective and successful interactions with clients as well as colleagues.
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Working with People Living with HIV

The training provides a framework for understanding the shared experiences of people living with HIV.
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Trainings on Evidence-Based Interventions


Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) is an individual-level, multi-session, time-limited intervention with the goal of linking recently diagnosed persons with HIV to medical care soon after receiving their positive test result.
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Couples HIV Testing and Counseling

Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC) occurs when two or more persons who are in – or are planning to be in – a sexual relationship receive all elements of HIV testing and counseling together in order to facilitate disclosure of results between partners.
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HIV Navigation Services (HNS)

The HNS course is designed to improve navigation skills for those delivering prevention services to people living with HIV and high risk HIV- individuals. This comprehensive course package is for service providers who want to know more about navigation skills, how navigation fits in the overall field of HIV prevention, structural components of a navigation program, and professional conduct.
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Quotes from participants who attended previous trainings

Very well conducted course and real life examples. Instructor was very knowledgeable and real life experience and kept my attention.
Loved, loved, loved the class. Did I say I loved the class. It was very informative and interactive.
This was an amazing experience. The instructor seemed to never lose her energy and continued to believe in me even when I didn’t. There’s so much info, I’m glad to have a blended course.
The instructor was great! Excellent facilitator, has a lot of knowledge on the subject. Did a great job of teaching the class and going over concepts, addresses concern and questions, overall a great training.

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What is CBA?

The California Prevention Training Center’s (CAPTC) Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program works with health departments nationally to strengthen their ability to provide effective HIV care and prevention. We focus on high impact prevention interventions and strategies geared towards HIV testing, prevention for people living with HIV, and policy development.

Our services include an array of innovative trainings and technical assistance strategies. We are available to respond to specific, individualized requests on any topic related to HIV prevention. In addition, we have extensive experience and expertise in a number of areas such as working with men who have sex with men, addressing social determinants of health in HIV, addressing stigma and group facilitation.

We pride ourselves on our understanding of adult learning theory and effective training techniques as well as our use of multimedia tools. Our trainings are known to be engaging, informative, interactive, respectful and collaborative.

All of our capacity building services are FREE for qualified organizations. Please contact us if you would like more information. One of our team members would be happy to assist you.

Our Team

Tim Vincent, MS

Tim Vincent, MS

CBA Program Manager




Tim Vincent has worked in the field of HIV for over 25 years in both direct service provision with clients and in developing educational opportunities for providers. He is currently the manager of the national capacity building assistance program at The California Prevention Training Center. The program, funded through CDC, provides training, technical assistance and resources to state and local health departments to improve the practice of HIV prevention and care throughout the country. He has worked as a licensed mental health clinician, social worker, case manager and HIV test counselor in the past and more recently has developed nationally recognized curriculum for providers on a variety of innovative topics to promote health equity. He has led the development of trainings on social determinants of health, responding to stigma, strength-based counseling approaches, cultural sensitivity for gay, bi and other MSM, and working with HIV-positive clients. He has worked in South Africa on projects to support the engagement of HIV-positive community members into care through the building of support group leaders. He has served on statewide community planning groups, consulted with CDC on the development of national curriculum on linkage to care strategies, and has developed and conducted training of trainers in order to nationally diffuse some of the training initiatives he created. Due to his experience in the field, he is asked to speak regularly at national conferences.

Promoting Health Equity: Reducing Health Disparities

It is extremely important to me to do work that promotes social justice and improve health outcomes to communities that I identify with and have been a part of for most of my life. The passion, creativity, and intelligence it takes to make meaningful change in this area inspires me daily. The chasm that continues to exist between those that can successfully engage in systems of care and prevention and those that cannot, clearly points to the need for structural changes and a critical examination of the root causes. Larger factors such as racism, homophobia, HIV-related stigma, gender-equity, educational attainment, access to healthcare need to be the focus of our work. Having the opportunity to work with providers of service in a deep and meaningful to deconstruct these factors and build strategies to respond to them to promote health equity is a tremendous privilege.

Deborah Wyatt-O'Neal, RN, MSN, CNS

Deborah Wyatt-O'Neal, RN, MSN, CNS

CBA Trainer/TA Specialist




Deborah is a Registered Nurse who has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS for over 24 years. She has worked as a Register Nurse Educator at AETC, Clinic Director, and a Director of Client Services. She is committed to her community where she provides health education at a local transitional home for women and volunteers at Juvenile Hall. In her current position she helps develop curricula and conducts trainings.

Importance of Promoting Health Equity and Reducing Health Disparities: Providing capacity building and technical  assistance to health providers and others in my local community allows me to both increase awareness of the various social determinates that contribute to health disparities; and empowering persons to  develop strategies to improve health disparities in their communities.

Patrick Piper

Patrick Piper

CBA Trainer/TA Specialist




Patrick has over 20 years in research, implementation and evaluation of science-based HIV prevention interventions. He began his work in the field of HIV at Denver Public Health Department as a Program Coordinator of an Evidence-Based Intervention called ”Community PROMISE”. He has worked with very high-risk populations including MSM who do not identify as gay, injection drug users, sex workers and high-risk youth. He also has extensive experience in HIV Testing and Counseling and Case Management and received his CAC-II certification in addictions counseling. His work has been published in several journals and has been highlighted at numerous national and international conferences.

Importance of Promoting Health Equity and Reducing Health Disparities:

As a member of what some may call a “marginalized community”, marginalization has never been an option for me. I am part of an American community and have spent my life fighting for equality and social justice in this country. We all deserve to have access to, and receive, quality health care, regardless of our race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. The sad fact is that we don’t. I am committed to see the day when “universal health care” is not just an idea or a catch-phrase, but indeed, a reality.

Duran Rutledge

Duran Rutledge

CBA Trainer/TA Specialist



Duran has worked extensively with low-income and disadvantage populations, throughout the San Francisco, Bay Area helping to develop programs and coordinate services to reduce barriers which hinder a person’s ability to effectively access care and social services. Prior to joining the CAPTC, Duran worked for the Alameda County Public Health Department’s Office of AIDS Administration, for five years as a Ryan White Grant Administrator and served as the staff liaison to the Alameda County people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A) committee. Along with his colleagues Duran is committed to enhancing TA and training opportunities that address health disparities and health inequities throughout the US to help enhance providers understanding abilities to be more impactful in addressing the needs and concerns of those living with and impacted by HIV.

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