City of Los Angeles, Council District 13
Enrique Castrejon, a Cultural Policy Fellow representing Council District 13, is a Research Coordinator for an HIV bio-behavioral observational study at the LA LGBT Center and a visual artist interested in combining public health measures and art to help reduce HIV infection in LA County. Castrejon is working on producing poster-making workshops and intends to help participants better understand HIV/STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection), risk reduction and treatment, PreP use, HIV stigma, alcohol and drug use in the LGBT community, and access to health care services. Participants will learn basic painting, drawing, and graphic design techniques to create personalized health posters that will help spread their knowledge.
Castrejon’s project targets Black and Latino gay individuals and MSM and transgender women (ages 18-24), and hopes that it will help generate dialogue within targeted communities through the project’s peer-to-peer health messages that are specific, personal, and accessible. Posters will encourage people to get tested and access health care services, reduce HIV stigma, and inspire future HIV advocates.
The posters produced in these workshops will be public through social media campaigns and displays in participating community organizations. Castrejon’s intention is to make the poster workshop and curriculum available and to present it at various community organizations, schools, and communities of faith to address HIV infection. Castrejon is working to finish curriculum and will organize focus groups to test the poster-making workshop and refine based on the findings.