Health Stigma and Discrimination Framework

Health-related stigma frameworks typically focus on one health condition in isolation. This tendency encourages a siloed approach to research on health-related stigma, impeding comparisons across stigmatized conditions and research on innovations to reduce health-related stigma and improve health outcomes. The Health Stigma and Discrimination Framework is a global, crosscutting framework based on theory, research, and practice linking stigma with health and social impacts. We discuss how health-related stigmas may intersect with other stigmas (e.g., race, socioeconomic status), and describe how the framework can be used to enhance research, programming, and policy efforts.

This paper was published in the Collection on Stigma Research and Global Health.