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Episode #349 Sexual and Reproductive Health For People Of Marginalized Communities, With Keosha Bond, EdD, MPH

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True sexual health equity requires inclusiveness of all sexual identities, as well as trans-awareness and a recognition of the negative impact that racism has on health outcomes for BIPOC communities. This is the belief of Dr. Keosha Bond, a behavioral scientist, sexual health educator, and researcher. She centers her work on the complex intersections of race, sexuality, social justice, and health equity among marginalized populations. Dr. Bond returns to the podcast to share some updates since she last joined us in 2020 and offer insight into her public health journey. You’ll learn about some of the many studies that Dr. Bond is working on, the populations her research centers on, and how she aims to bridge the accessibility gap using technology. We also delve into the need to change the systems that perpetuate inequality in our society, the value of being an informed messenger, and much more. Tune in today for a fascinating conversation with a truly creative and innovative public health leader!


Meet Dr. Keosha T. Bond


Dr. Keosha T. Bond is an Assistant Medical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine at the CUNY School of Medicine and the Director of the LOVE Project Lab. She is a trained behavioral scientist and sexual health educator who has centered her work on the complex intersections of race, sexuality, social justice, and health equity among individuals of marginalized genders. Dr. Bond’s primary research interests have focused on understanding how socio-structural and cultural factors influence the transmission of HIV to develop sex positive, culturally appropriate digital technology interventions that empower people to change the status quo and achieve positive health outcomes.


Dr. Bond ‘s work has concentrated on developing innovative eHealth interventions that interrogate the complexities of identity formation, systems of value, and the shared vernacular in and around Black visual culture to address sexual health. Her most recent projects include conducting formative research using mobile ethnography to develop sexual health interventions for transgender youth and women. Dr. Bond is also the Co-PI of a multilevel, multicomponent, National Institute of Mental Health-funded study focused on supplementing traditional HIV prevention peer navigation with a user-curated, pleasure-focused “do it yourself” sexual health self-care in-a-box and a community-level, anti-intersectional stigma, multi-media ad campaign for Black gay, bisexual, and same-gender loving men to increase HIV testing and PEP/PrEP uptake.



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Conversation Highlights


  • An overview of Dr. Bond’s career journey and her interests

  • The summer internship that led her to consider public health as a viable career option

  • Populations her research centers on and the many studies she is working on currently

  • Different ways Dr. Bond is using technology to make her research more accessible

  • The impact that COVID-19 had on her research and training

  • How her intersectional understanding of public health helped her have a greater impact

  • The need to change our systems in order to achieve true health equity

  • Why it’s important to be an informed messenger for the community you serve

  • Dr. Bond’s thought-provoking advice for aspiring public health professionals



“Even when we are trying to engage in healthy behaviors, there are going to be challenges [that we will] face because of our social identities in society. That’s what public health allowed me to see – In order for us to get to health equity, we need to change [our] systems.” — Dr. Keosha Bond

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