Theme: CECS

Decreasing Healthcare Stigma and Medical Mistrust Among Black MSM

by Kurt Ragin Jr.

This lesson serves as an introduction to the prevalence and impact of healthcare stigma and medical mistrust on health outcomes for Black MSM. This includes, but is not limited to, treatment adherence, assessment practices, and accessibility to affirming healthcare services.


By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what contributes to medical mistrust.
  • Learn how to implement practices to develop trust with BMSM clients.

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Group Size

This lesson is written to be delivered to groups of practicing client experience contributors ranging from 10 to 30 participants, with participants working in groups of five. If there are less than 10 participants there is no need to create small groups. The lesson has been written for one facilitator, although it can be cofacilitated.


90 minutes


2 bottles hand sanitizer
2 boxes tissues
20 toothpicks per participant
2–3 bags of mini marshmallows
Paper plates
Fidget toys
Computer and projector
Printed handouts