Agenda

Preliminary conference agenda. Details of sessions and seminars will be updated periodically.

 

THURSDAY, May 25

3:00 - 6:30 PM      Registration

3:00 - 8:00 PM      Exhibit Hall Open - Embassy Hall

5:00 - 6:30 PM      Poster Sessions - Embassy Hall

6:45 - 8:15 PM       Opening Plenary Session - International Ballroom

"Social Justice and Social Work - How We Achieve Health Equity!"

8:15 - 9:15 PM       Opening Reception Sponsored by Gilead Sciences

All are invited! We hope that you will join us for a great time of fellowship and food.

 

FRIDAY, May 26

7:30 - 8:15 AM       Continental Breakfast - Embassy Hall

8:00 - 6:00 PM      Registration and Information Desk Open

8:00 - 6:00 PM      Exhibit Hall Open - Embassy Hall

8:30 - 9:45 AM      Plenary Session - International Ball Room

"Health Equity for All!: The Federal Response"

This session will provide a discussion on the current outlook of the U.S. Federal Response to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment and its focus on improving health outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum including Social Work’s role in addressing the social determinates of health to achieve optimal health outcomes.

  • Facilitator: Jesse Milan, AIDS United
  • Rita Flegel, U.S. Department of HUD, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing
  • Donna McCree, Ph.D., Associate Director for Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

10:00 - 11:15 AM    Session 1 Workshops

(Five to Seven, 75-minute intensive sessions covering an array of topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.) 

Plenary Session Question and Answer - Federal Panel

From poz to POS(itive): Utilizing Positive Psychological Paradigms and Interventions to Enhance Optimal Functioning - Michael Hassler, COMHAR

Getting from ’Normal’ to ’Wise’:  An Evidence Based Toolkit for Overcoming Stigma in Our Workplaces - Terri Fox, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

"Good Care" and Justice For All: Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Women Living with HIV - Krista Cooper, Andrews University

Healing Bodies: Beyond Viral Loads and CD4. Treating Trauma and Toxic Stress in HIV & AIDS Care. - Jo Richardson, Wellness Services

Housing Interventions that Work: Provider Perspectives - Chuck Peterson, Clare Housing

11:30 - 12:45 PM    Session 2 Workshop

(Five to Seven, 75-minute intensive sessions covering an array of topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.) 

Addressing the Burden of HIV/AIDS on Young Adults: Improving the Continuum of Care Through Group Work - Christopher Ferraris, Mount Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine

Addressing the Intersection of HIV and Intimate Partner Violence Through Improved Cross-Agency Planning, Resource Utilization, and Service Integration Among HIV Housing and Service Providers and Victim Service Providers - Amy Palilonis, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Circles of Health: Creative Problem-Solving through Self-Care - Nancy Wolff, Colorado Dept. of Public Health, Colorado Counseling Association, American Art Therapy Association

Organizational Growth, Sustainability and the Future of Non-Profits - Fungisai Nota, Nota Consulting Group

What’s Sex Got to do with it:  Talking with Clients About Sexual Health, Risk Behaviors and Harm Reduction - Evelyn Tomaszewski, National Association of Social Workers

12:45 - 2:15 PM      Lunch Break (On your own)

2:15 - 3:30 PM       Session 3 Workshop

(Five to Seven, 75-minute intensive sessions covering an array of topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.)

Eliminating Stigma and Achieving Recovery through a Multidisciplinary Treatment Model - Jonathan Asayag, Lehigh Valley Hospital

Homelessness - A Challenge to Combat HIV/AIDS - H.k. Makkar, HOPE Atlanta Programs of Travelers AID, HIV/AIDS Program

Past, Present, & Future of HIV Research: Unlocking the Cure - Micheal Barber, Emory University School of Medicine

Recognizing the Intersection of HIV and the MSM/TG Community: It’s Not on Google Maps, But We Still Need to Know How to Get There! - David Rosen, Hudson Pride Connections Center

Transitions: Leadership and Health Equity in a Biomedical HIV Prevention World - Robin Kelley, NMAC

3:45 - 5:00 PM      Session 4 Workshop

(Five to Seven, 75-minute intensive sessions covering an array of topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.)

HIV-Related Stigma, Isolation, and Spiritual Practices in Social Work: A Review of the Literature - Susan Tusher, Kansas AIDS Education and Training Center / MATEC-KS / Universisty of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita

Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Matters in Substance Use Treatment Facilities - Tessie Haywood, South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council

Implementation of a Novel Housing Acuity Tool for Providing Holistic Support to PLWHA in Los Angeles County: A Training and Case Study Analysis - Keshav Tyagi, APLA Health

Motivational Interviewing and Retention in Care: Social Justice Issues? - Marla Corwin, University of Colorado College of Nursing

The Conundrum of Care: Balancing Clinical Documentation and Ethical Obligation - Spencer Simmons, Synergy Family Services

Using a Reproductive Justice Framework to Support the Integration of Reproductive Health and HIV Services - Joanne Phillips, Rutgers University

 

SATURDAY, May 27

7:30 - 8:15 AM       Continental Breakfast - Embassy Hall

8:00 - 6:00 PM      Registration and Information Desk Open

8:00 - 6:00 PM      Exhibit Hall Open - Embassy Hall

8:30 - 9:45 AM      Plenary Session 

"Ending HIV/AIDS Through Social Work!" - Presented by the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS (PASWHA)

The finalized National Strategy to End HIV/AIDS through Social Work lays the groundwork and strategic direction of our profession. Developed through national input from social worker practitioners, researchers, and advocates, as well as, our allies, the Strategy provides a vision and direction articulating the role and impact our professional will have in ending HIV/AIDS in America.

PASWHA Membership Meeting (All Welcome)

This annual meeting of the PASWHA members will endorse the HIV/AIDS Social Work Manifesto, organizational strategies, programs, and incoming board.

10:00 - 11:15 AM    Session 6 Workshop

(Five to Seven, 75-minute intensive sessions covering an array of topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.)

Caring for Ourselves: An Experiential Group Meeting - Alan Rice, VNSNY CHOICE Select Health

Children, War, HIV and the Human Rights Imperative: A Social Justice Lens -Hugo Kamya, Simmons College

Federal Housing Assistance for Persons with HIV: Does it Address the Need? - Lisa Moore, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Healthy Consensual Non-Monogamy, and Its Role in Treatment and Preventative Care. - Amy Jacobs, University of Michigan Health System

Legal Services as a Critical Partner with Case Managers to Promote Health Equity and Social Justice for All - Patrice Paldino, Legal Aid Service of Broward County

11:30 - 12:45 PM    Session 7 Workshop

(Five to Seven 75-minute intensive sessions covering an array of topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.)

Going Beyond HIV Case Management: Promoting HIV Client Treatment Adherence through Behavior Change Counseling - David Rosen, Hudson Pride Connections Center

HIV Stigma in the MSM Community: Social Justice???? Begins with Compassion - Robert Pompa, LVHN AIDS Activities Office

Home-based Mental Health and Support Services for Families Affected by HIV/AIDS: Thinking Outside the Office - Sandra Gossart-Walker, Yale University Child Study Center

How Funders See HIV/AIDS, Population Health, and Social Determinants of Health - Randall Russell, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

Integrating Housing and Emergency Financial Assistance into a Clinic Setting: Lessons from the First Year - Jessica Morris, Bluegrass Care Clinic

12:45 - 2:15 PM      Lunch Break (On your own)

1:00 - 2:00 PM       Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Networking Lunch

2:15 - 3:30 PM       Session 8 Workshop

(Five to Seven, 75-minute intensive sessions covering an array of topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.)

A Perfect Storm: HIV/AIDS, Sexual Minorities, and Methamphetamine - David Fawcett, S. Florida Center for Counseling

Advancing Health Equity at HBCUs: Constructing Capacity to Reduce Disparities - Felicia Tuggle, Savannah State University

HIV + Incarceration:  A Social Justice Issue Impacting Older African American Adults - Tammi Thomas, University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work

Laugh and heal thyself - Mike Cotayo, Private Practice

Money Management as a Core Stabilization Tool for the Chronically Ill and Marginally Housed - Donald Soto, LSS of Northern California

3:45 - 5:00 PM      Session 9 Workshop

(Five to Seven, 75-minute intensive sessions covering an array of topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.)

Black Men who have Sex with Men:  Association with Closeness to Black and Gay Communities - Dennis Corbin, Fayetteville State University

“If I had known…”– Long Term HIV/AIDS Survivor Syndrome and Ethical Implications for Social Workers - Walter Pittinger-Dunham, NASW, ALGBTIC, NCC AP

If You Build It, They Will Come; The Case for Open Enrollment and Engaging Non-Clinical Staff in Clinical Training - Hannah Hirschland, GMHC

Who Wants to Know?: Perceptions of African Descendent Men from Brazil and US on Stigma, Discrimination and Services - Wilma Cordova, Stephen F. Austin State University

WTF!!! I was just screamed at again! Avoiding Compassion Fatigue in the Pursuit of Social Justice - Robert Pompa, LVHN AIDS Activities Office

 

SUNDAY, May 28

7:30 - 8:15 AM      Continental Breakfast - International Foyer

8:00 - 1:00 PM      Registration and Information Desk Open

8:00 - 9:00 AM     Best Practice Workshops

(Five to six, 60-minute best practice discussions on key topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.)

Engendering Equitable HIV/AIDS Events on College Campuses: If You Build It, They Will Come! - Felicia Tuggle, Savannah State University

Happiness Support Group for HIV(+) Veterans: Regaining Quality of Life through Positivity - Nelly Rodas-valdez, James J Peters VAMC

Housing is Healthcare: How Long Term Stable Housing Improves Health Outcomes - Andrea Ropp, Equitas Health

Navigating Science and Condom less Sex among African American MSM - Robin Kelley, NMAC

9:15 - 10:15 AM     Best Practice Workshops

(Five to six, 60-minute best practice discussions on key topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.)

Consumers for Quality!  Ideas for Integrating Consumers or at least Consumer Input into Case Management Practice to Make a Better System of Care - Terri Fox, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

HBCU PRIDE! Engaging MSM Students as Peer Educators in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention - Felicia Tuggle, Savannah State University

Let’s talk about sex: Remaining sex-positive in the current field - Mike Cotayo, Private Practice

Peeling Back the Layers: A Story of Trauma, Grace and Triumph - Lawayne Childrey, Nashville Regional Ryan White Planning Council

10:30 - 12:00 PM   Brunch and Closing Plenary Session

“The Bridge to Hope & Healing: Taking Care of Me Today to Be the Change Agent Tomorrow”

  • Becky S. Corbett, MSW, ACSW

When social workers and other mental health professionals find their clients in a critical, life-changing moment of crisis, they will benefit from incorporating principles for building a bridge to hope and healing. Inspired by her story, My Husband Is Gay—Now What?, Becky offers principles to life circumstance. Through the first romantic break-up, to health issues, to the loss of a job, to a child being diagnosed with diabetes, to the death of a family member, Becky illustrates the power of hope and healing as the inspiration of our own self-care and as a change agent in HIV/AIDS.