DSW Candidate – Dustin Hawkins, MSSW, LCSW, 2:30 PM – 3:45PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Queering the Curriculum: Destigmatizing Medical Education to Improve LGBTQ+ Health Outcomes and HIV prevention and Care.

DSW Candidate – Dustin Hawkins, MSSW, LCSW

Monday, April 22, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Queering the Curriculum: Destigmatizing Medical Education to Improve LGBTQ+ Health Outcomes and HIV prevention and Care.

There is increasing evidence that stigma has a negative impact on people who live with HIV as well as those who could benefit from HIV prevention measures. HIV stigma has its roots in the historical and systemic oppression that the LGBTQ+ community has experienced in the medical care system. These biases have led to an alarming lack of access to care for this population. This presentation will provide an overview of three research products created to stem this growing problem.
The systematic literature review will provide an understanding of the root causes of HIV stigma in medical care. The conceptual product will provide a theoretical analysis of experiential learning’s influence on social justice education and provide a framework for medical education. The practice application product will suggest a curricular change for medical schools based on stigma theory through the experiential concepts of allyship. Finally, the presentation will highlight the general themes and findings that bridge this capstone together.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To recognize HIV/LGBTQ+ stigma disparities in health care.
  2. To understand the basics of Stigma theories and Experiential Learning Theory (ELT).
  3. To interpret and illustrate how Allyship can be used experientially in medical and social work curriculum to destigmatize and promote social justice for LGBTQ+.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.