Ending Stigma through Collaboration and Lifting All To Empowerment

ESCALATE Training facilitates transformative and relational change in RWHAP by increasing participants' knowledge and skills to recognize and address HIV-related stigma within their organizations and communities they serve. This happens through a deepening awareness of and practices for cultural humility amongst people with HIV. Trainers create an equitable and transformational environment for RWHAP providers to learn with and from their people with HIV partners.

Through the training, participants will:

  • Learn about the impact of HIV-related stigma, bias, and discrimination in health care
  • Learn the skills to engage in “difficult dialogues” to address HIV-related stigma at the interpersonal and organizational levels
  • Learn about the role of implicit bias in decision-making and health outcomes
  • Demonstrate skills to engage in critical self-reflection of implicit bias and privilege
  • Learn about and demonstrate approaches, strategies, and methods to deepen cultural humility and culturally humble practices
  • Utilize an organizational assessment to identify opportunities to address HIV-related stigma
  • Identify one area of privilege for further examination and self-reflection
  • Develop an action plan to address HIV-related stigma at the organizational level
  • Learn methods for and engage in self-care activities to support RWHAP providers and people with HIV involved in anti-stigma work

Stigma Reduction Teams

Training applicants can apply for the training as a Stigma Reduction Team. 
Stigma Reduction Teams will represent a collaboration between community and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Recipients. Stigma  reduction teams consist of one person with HIV from the community and at least one  RWHAP partner. A Stigma Reduction Team may have multiple RWHAP partners, but must always have one person with HIV from the community.

Through training, individuals will learn how to facilitate transformative and relational change in RWHAP and the communities they serve through deepening awareness of and practices for cultural humility amongst people with HIV and RWHAP providers and professionals.

The next steps for Stigma Reduction Teams is to consider approaching their respective organizations to participate in future Technical assistance (TA) and Learning Collaboratives (LCs). Organizations that show a willingness to implement anti-stigma interventions demonstrate potential readiness for TA/LCs.

ESCALATE Training Schedule: Year Four (September 2023 - August 2024)

The 2023-2024 ESCALATE Training Schedule included the following:

DateLocationNMAC Staff/LeadNotes
Apr. 22-23, 2024Seattle WA. (Medical Providers)Marshun RedmondCheck-in: Apr. 21, 2024
May. 20-24, 2024Baton Rouge, LA.Christopher PaisanoCheck-in: May. 19, 2024
Jun. 17-21, 2024DC/MD/VA (locals only)Marshun RedmondCheck-in: Jun. 16, 2024
Jun. 24-28, 2024Denver, CO. (Español)Cora Trelles-CartagenaCheck-in: Jun. 23, 2024
July. 15-19, 2024Minneapolis, MN.  (Native)Christopher PaisanoCheck-in: Jul 14, 2024
Aug. 12-16, 2024 (Virtual)Chicago, ILMarshun RedmondCheck-in: Aug.13, 2024

ESCALATE Training Team


ESCALATE's Training Program is managed by NMAC, and includes the following trainers:

  • Christopher Paisano
  • Adam Thompson
  • Dottie Dodwell