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  1. Caiola, Courtney MSN, MPH, RN
  2. Docherty, Sharron L. PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN
  3. Relf, Michael PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AACRN, CNE, FAAN
  4. Barroso, Julie PhD, ANP-BC, APRN, FAAN


Heightened awareness of the social determinants of health by health scientists and clinicians has failed to translate into significant progress in the amelioration of those social determinants contributing to health inequities. The purpose of this article is to broaden the discussion about conceptual approaches nurse scientists can use to address health and health inequities. We will apply an intersectional approach to the study of the social determinants of health for African American mothers living with human immunodeficiency virus and through this explore the utility of an intersectional approach to generate knowledge in nursing.