Dr. William Latimer speaks with Dr. Typhanye Dyer, an associate professor in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department at The University of Maryland School of Public Health, in College Park, MD. Her educational training is in infectious disease and social epidemiology, as well as community health, particularly focused on community-engaged research. Integrating theories and innovative methodologies from both disciplines, she strives to understand the broader social and structural processes that impact the health of the community. She is an epidemiologist and health disparities scholar whose research examines the influence of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on HIV/STI-risk in Black populations. She has over 15 years of experience conducting research exploring HIV and HIV-related outcomes among sexual minority men, as well as women. The majority of her research applies the concept of syndemics (complex, intersecting, synergistic psychosocial and structural barriers) to the lived experiences of Black sexual minority men (Black SMM), including exploring the intersections of trauma, poor mental health, criminal justice involvement and HIV/STI risk and acquisition for Black SMM. Regarding Black women, she uses a similar framework to develop an understanding of the impact of intersectional stigma on engagement in the HIV continuum of care for older cisgender Black women living with of at risk for HIV. In this episode Dr. Dyer strives to start the conversation about why people of color are hesitant to take the Covid Vaccines and where the mentality behind this trend comes from. 11/02/21.