Western Region Public Health Training Center at the University of Arizona College of Public Health

Recognizing and Challenging Stigma

This is an all levels course offering CHES and CPH — Free
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1.50 hours


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Stigma is an intense human experience. Stigma causes suffering and worsens health. This training focuses on recognizing and challenging stigma.  In the first section, we explain what stigma is, how it feels, and how to recognize it.  In the second section, we explore the ways stigma is entangled in the practices and assumptions of healthcare professionals, often unwittingly. In our final section, we identify ways that health professionals can help recognize and reduce stigma to improve patient outcomes and improve population health.

Reviewers note to fully engage this training, learners will need to turn off their pop-up blockers.

What You'll Learn

  • Identify different forms of stigma and explain why they emerge and persist.

  • Explore the personal experience of stigma and evaluate your own stigmatizing attitudes. 

  • Recognize the signs and impacts of stigma in health care and public settings.

  • Identify solutions to reducing stigma.

Competency Terms

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Communication Skills
Behavior Change
Cultural Competency Skills
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts
Relationship Building

Related Occupations

Behavioral Health Professional
Community Health Worker
Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Health Educator
Health Officer
Home Health Worker
Human Resources Personnel
Other Management & Leadership
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Agency Director
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Inform, educate, and empower people about health concerns
Plan public health programs
Ensure competent public and personal health care workforce