Understanding Barriers to Oral Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS Taskforce

People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) experience more oral health problems and complications compared to their non-infected counterparts. Research to date suggests that differences in oral healthcare access and utilization persist among PLWHA, with greater unmet oral healthcare needs among PLWHA than the general population. People living with HIV/AIDS are also more susceptible to infections including dental infections, which can affect their overall health.

Join Our Taskforce!

The Weitzman Institute is interested in addressing and understanding current barriers faced by PLWHA in receiving oral care.

We want to hear from the patients and those working closely with them
about some of the issues faced in receiving dental care and how we can improve access to routine oral care.

To do this, we are creating a representative Taskforce comprised of people living with HIV/AIDS and patient advocates that work closely with PLWHA or are familiar with HIV/AIDS advocacy and community work.

As part of this project, discussions from the Taskforce will help inform a three-part policy brief series.
We will also host a webinar to launch the policy brief series.

Applications are now closed.

We are looking for:

  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • Patient advocates that work closely with PLWHA
  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community 
  • Racial/ethnic minorities
  • Activists from grassroots or community organizations with a genuine interest in fighting stigma, discrimination and improving the lives of patients living with HIV/AIDS
  • People available to attend 8 virtual meetings between the months of April-July with meeting times scheduled around members availability
  • Must be at least 18 years old to apply

As a member of the Taskforce you will:

  • Participate in 8 virtual meetings, each lasting 1.5 hours.
  • Share your personal experience and perspective of the existing barriers to access to care, including how referrals between Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program medical and healthcare services can be improved.
  • Have the option to participate in a national webinar as a presenter or by using creative forms to disseminate and/or translate content from the policy brief series including storytelling, performances, speeches, or poetry.
  • Provide input on a policy brief series using information from Taskforce meetings.
  • Agree to have information shared in meetings be used in policy brief.

Taskforce members will be compensated for their participation with $1,000.

Applications are now closed.

For more information, please contact Tonantzin Juarez.

This project has been made possible through a grant from CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.