PLENARY SESSIONS

SYNCing Health Equity Across HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBTQ Health

Tuesday - September 8, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

This plenary session will address the intersection of the social determinants of health, the global COVID-19 pandemic, national HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBTQ healthcare planning efforts, and racial and social justice issues—and the disparate impact on health equity and long-term health outcomes among medically underserved populations. Leaders from health departments, health centers, STI clinics, and community-based organizations will discuss their efforts to advance health equity through the development and implementation of culturally-responsive HIV, HCV, STI, LGBTQ, and now COVID-19 services. A panel discussion will sync these issues and intersections, as well as their collective impact on health outcomes at the individual and population levels, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities and LGBTQ persons.

Speakers (l-r):

Introductory Keynote:

      • Gregorio Millett
        Vice President and Director, Public Policy, amfAR

Health Departments, LGBTQ Health Centers, STI Clinics and Community-Based Organizations

      • Michael Kharfen 
        Senior Deputy Director of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA), DC Department of Health

      • Ramatoulaye Keita 
        Senior Manager of Community Health, Whitman-Walker Health System

      • Kirk Myers
        Founder/CEO, Abounding Prosperity and Dallas Southern Pride

Learning Objectives:

      • Discuss how health departments, LGBTQ health centers, STI clinics and community-based organizations are leveraging innovative approaches to health care delivery to advance health equity across HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBTQ health; 
      • Describe how these efforts intersect with the social determinants of health and the current healthcare landscape, most notably in relation to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the national response to issues of racial and social justice; and
      • Detail how these organizations have synced efforts across the local, State, and Federal levels to improve health outcomes at the individual and population levels, particularly among underserved racial/ethnic and LGBTQ populations.