An innovative social advocacy approach to building community, combating stigma, and reducing HIV/AIDS among intergenerational gay men of color in the American South

Jamie Hopkins, Faculty Instructor, Project Director, Morehouse School of Medicine - The factors associated with HIV/AIDS disparities among young gay men of color are complex and require holistic, innovative solutions. Impulse Group Atlanta is a chapter-based organization dedicated to the holistic health of gay men residing in Atlanta and other regional cities disproportionately impacted by HIV. Impulse leverages social advocacy and peer-to-peer mobilization to establish rapport with gay men of color; deliver risk-reduction messaging; and facilitate linkages to care. This presentation will provide an overview of Impulse, demonstrate a Impulse advocacy activation, and discuss strategies for engaging young gay men of color in culturally-salient wellness programming.