Unpacking Race as a Salient Sexual Health Construct Among African Americans: Implications for Health Practitioners

Monday, August 3rd 2020

12:00 PM


Race is a well-established social institution, factoring into a wide range of health disparities, including those connected to sexual health. What is less understood, however, is how race has influenced not only present structural disparities, but contemporary experiences of sexuality, particularly those of African descent. Sharing highlights from historical record and present-day research, Dr. Tracie Q. Gilbert invites sexuality and other healthcare practitioners to consider how race informs the sexual development of clients they serve, and evaluate strategies for effectively divesting from these historical effects.


Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD

Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD (she/her/Thembi) is an educator, writer, researcher and consultant who uses conversation to help achieve sexual wellness and healing for Black people. Using lectures, interactive workshops and conversation series, Dr. Gilbert works to help Black communities unpack the mental, historical, and cultural barriers that keep them from having honest, productive conversations about sex and sexuality.

Dr. Gilbert has nearly 25 years experience teaching urban youth, young adults, and their advocates. She received her Masters of Science in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate from the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University. She has taught for several different organizations including Widener, Christiana Healthcare Systems, Evoluer House, the Innovative Learning Institute, and the Center for Sex Education. At present, she serves as the Training and Technical Assistance Manager at Answer in Piscataway, NJ, and conducts direct services through her independent agency, Thembi Anaiya, LLC. 


Location Details


Spotlight On

Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

Learn More about Spotlight On
Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

Translate »