An exclusive, welcoming environment for transgender & gender non-conforming people of color ages 13-29.
Mozaic is a health and wellness, HIV prevention, and community building initiative for trans & gender non-conforming people of color ages 13-29. Mozaic is a Centers for Disease Control funded grant in the Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity that works closely with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, community organizations, and local activists to reduce the disproportionately high rates of HIV that trans and gender non-conforming people of color experience.
Among the 3.3 million HIV testing events reported to CDC in 2013, the percentage of transgender people who received a new HIV diagnosis was more than 3 times the national average. From 2009 to 2014, more than 80% of the new HIV diagnoses among transgender people in the United States were among people of color.
Multiple barriers account for this disparity, including a lack of cultural humility in healthcare providers and a lack of access to housing, food, transportation, and job opportunities. We seek to remedy this by creating a safer community space and resource center with peer mentoring, peer storytelling, rapid HIV testing, STI screening, PrEP referrals, and linkage to medical care. For more information, please email ZosimoDikitsas@equitashealth.com.