The Art of Storytelling: Weaving Diverse Narratives into STD Prevention in the Midwest


 February 19, 2018 

11:30 am - 1:00 pm ET


Registration open through 2/16/2018 10:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


Surveillance data show higher rates of reported STDs among some marginalized communities when compared with rates amongst others. Race and ethnicity in the U.S. are population characteristics that are correlated with other factors affecting health status. Access to quality STD prevention and treatment services is key to reducing STD disparities in the Midwest. Even when health care is available, fear and distrust of health care institutions can negatively affect the health care-seeking experience for many marginalized communities when there is social discrimination, provider bias, or the perception that these may exist. Please join anthropologist Nikki Lane and epidemiologist Amara Ross as we discuss health disparities in the Midwest and explore the stories of those disproportionately impacted by STDs.

  • Highlight STD disparities in the Midwest by providing epidemiology for Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin
  • Utilize ethnography as tools for advocacy, data, and public health intervention
  • Use of stories in public health to understand individuals and communities experience of health care access
  • Incorporate story-telling as rich sources of data to address stigma by encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance


Nikki Lane is an independent, interdisciplinary scholar trained as a Cultural and Linguistic Anthropologist currently teaching courses in American Studies at American University and in Women's Studies at the George Washington University. Her ethnographic research has dealt with issues in urban spatial politics, and sexual cultures throughout the African Diaspora. She regularly gives talks about race, gender, and sexuality in American Popular Culture. Her current book project, under contract with Palgrave MacMillan, is tentatively titled Ratchet: Race, Gender, Sexuality and the (Anti)Politics of Respectability. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @thedoctorlane or visit her website where she regularly shares short videos about Black Pop Culture, upcoming course syllabi related to race, gender and sexuality in the pop culture, and individual lesson plans to help educators bring pop culture into the classroom.

Amara Ross has served as the STD Epidemiologist for the Indiana State Department of Health since 2015. In this role she is responsible for monitoring disease trends across the state, analyzing data for STD Prevention Program grant metrics, and providing internal and external stakeholders with complete and accurate STD data. A transplant to Indiana, Amara is a 2014 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with her Master of Public Health degree.





Registration for this webinar is free for participants in the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Screening Program and grantees of the ISDH Division of HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis.

Registration for this webinar is $25 for all other registrants.



Licensed physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, disease intervention specialists, local health department staff, and other health care professionals.

Continuing Education

A total of 1.25 nursing contact hours will be available for this event.


Health Care Education and Training, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-410, 12/1/2018)

Support provided by:

Indiana State Department of Health's STD Prevention Program

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