In response to how Black MSM are disproportionately affected by the domestic HIV epidemic, Well Versed is a public health initiative created under a cooperative agreement between the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).
Well Versed recognizes both patients and providers play a crucial role in not only ending the HIV epidemic but also why this communication gap continues in 2016. If we can improve the conversations happening inside and outside exam rooms all across this country, health care outcomes for Black MSM will increase tremendously. Effective communication is the glue that helps deepen connections and improve relationships, and the dynamics between patients and providers are no different. The divide will not significantly narrow unless we also mind the communication gap- more precisely, the comfort gap- that exists between patients and providers. Well Versed is about giving both groups the freedom to come together and be fluent in each other’s languages, challenges and personal experiences without anxiety, shame or intimidation. Entering every engagement thinking of the other person as another human being helps create empathy, understanding and, ultimately, trust.
Well Versed ignites conversations, connects patients and providers, and establishes a new experience where everyone is seen as human. Well Versed provides shareable best practices, original content and videos for both groups. Through targeted online campaigns and interactive content, Well Versed provides fundamental skills to make this shift happen.
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Interested in learning more about Well Versed? Please contact Omoro Omoighe.
If you are a member of the media and have a question or would like to be added to our press list, please contact Meico Whitlock.
For all other inquiries, our contact information is provided below:
ATTN: Center for Engaging Black MSM Across the Care Continuum
444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 339
Washington, DC 20001-1512