Nov 14 2017: 8:30am–10:30am

Clinical Issues in the Syndemic of HIV Infection, Mental Illness and Substance Use

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health, Sexual Health

Because a syndemic orientation demands a commitment to the philosophy of health as a fragile, dynamic state that requires continual effort, impacted by social and systemic pressures, so does that of the health of individuals living with HIV infection. This presentation includes an introduction to a syndemic orientation as it is associated with HIV infection, an ethnographic history of the orientation, and current research and media attention on patients living with syndemic conditions. The research portion includes an exploration of clinical cases that highlight the need for viewing chronic illnesses such as HIV, mental illness, and substance use from a syndemic orientation rather than in isolation. 


Megan M. Pinkston-Camp, MA, PhD
Psychologist, Clinical Behavioral Medicine Service of the Immunology Center, The Miriam Hospital
Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • discuss the history, meaning, and implications of a syndemic orientation
  • define and understand the general complexities of the syndemic of HIV, mental illness, and substance use, based on current research
  • describe the limited availability of evidence-based interventions for syndemic conditions
  • discuss case presentations that highlight the syndemic conditions experienced by patients living with HIV infection


  • Target audience: Psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech-language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals
  • Instructional level: Intermediate
  • 2 CE hours/credits available. (See below)

Registration Information

  • $49
  • Register online now or by phone at 401-432-1087.
  • Online registration closes on Monday, November 13

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Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Rhode Island Hospital designates these live activities for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CEUs for these events have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work, designating this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage and family therapists.