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Click on the headings for detailed information about each of the sessions scheduled for SYNC 2020!


  • Generational Health Institute
  • Generational Health
    Aging & HIV
  • Syncing Long Term Care + Community Mental Health, Resilience Models, & Harm Reduction
  • Supporting Health and Lifestyle Management through Occupational Therapy for Aging Adults Living with HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Impairments
  • Aging with HIV: Experiences of Stigma and Spirituality of Black MSM
  • Empowering Youth Leadership
  • Using Undergraduate Peer Health Educators to Implement a Culturally Appropriate HIV/STI and Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention on a College Campus
  • Who’s a Peer?: An Inter-generational Approach to Sexual Health Education
  • Community Health Workers Intervention
  • Expanding Sexual Health Across Generations (I1-GH3)
  • Hope & Help’s Strength Through Youth Livin’ Empowered (S.T.Y.L.E.)
  • Supporting Sexual Wellness in LGBT Older Adults
  • Youth Initiative Program and the Campus Approach: Comprehensive Sexual Health Education for Youth Across New York State
  • Sex, Drugs, and HIV/STIs: Utilizing TTM, PYD, and high-risk Black/Latino Teens to Reduce the Risk for HVI/STIs
  • Biomedical Interventions Institute
  • Biomedical Interventions
  • Prioritizing PrEP Facts: 10 Common Myths Preventing Uptake
  • Results of a Survey of PrEP Patients in Virginia
  • Breaking Through: PrEP Marketing Innovations
  • Treatment
  • Telehealth / Telemedicine Institute
  • Telehealth / Telemedicine
  • HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Accessibility in a Rural Community Utilizing Telehealth Services: A Pilot Program
  • Leveraging mHealth to Address Unmet Social Support Needs among Spanish-Speaking Latinx People Living with HIV
  • Our Quality Improvement (QI) Story and Journey – QI Storyboards and Lessons Learned from CQII’s National End+Disparities ECHO Collaborative
  • Overcoming Barriers to STI Prevention in a Conservative Frontier Population
  • Tested: Providing Health Information in an Unexpected Digital Space
  • Test at Home with OHIV: Ohio’s Premiere At Home HIV Testing Program
  • HealthHIV/CDC Presentation
  • Transgender Health Institute
  • Transgender Health
  • Holistic Health for Trans & GNC Southern Communities: Putting Culturally Humble Clinical Health, Harm Reduction, and Preventative Health Programs Under One Roof
  • Outcomes of a Syndemic Approach Urban Adolescent and Transitional Age Youth Transgender Integrated Care Program
  • Focusing on Trans Women of Color’s Health
  • The ‘T’ Won’t Be Silent: Health Disparities Among Transmen and Transmasculine People
  • Cultural Competency: Gender and Sexual Minorities
  • Reaching Hard to Test Communities in the Ball/House Scene
  • Women’s Health Institute
  • Women’s Health
  • BLACK EFFECT: Women it’s Your Voices, Your Path to End HIV
  • To Be Determined
  • National Monitoring Report on HIV/HCV Co-Infection Institute
  • Community Access National Network to Host 5th Annual National Monitoring Report on HIV/HCV Co-Infection


  • Plenary (9/9)
  • SYNCing Syndemics
  • Plenary (9/10)
  • SYNCing on Aging, HIV, and PrEP
  • Plenary (9/11)
  • SYNCing to End the Epidemics


  • Clinical Health Track Session 1
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Increasing Meaningful Mental Health Engagement with Youth Living with HIV: An Examination of Quality Improvement Initiatives
  • Diving Beneath the Surface of Health Systems Using Implementation Science: A Behavioral Health Integration Project Leveraging CQI and Data to Care
  • Mental Health Integration into the HIV Primary Care Setting
  • Using Practice Facilitation Coaching and CQI Methods to Build Workforce Capacity in Providing Integrated Behavioral Health Care for People with HIV
  • Clinical Health Track Session 2
  • Methods for Enhancing Viral Suppression
  • Ending the Epidemic: A National Quality Improvement Initiative That Led to Increases in Viral Suppression Rates within the DC Metropolitan Area.
  • Continuous Quality Improvement as a vehicle to enhance care in Alabama’s Ryan White Part C and D Clinics
  • Improving Viral Load Suppression Rates for Individuals with Mental Health Issues and Persons Who Use Drugs
  • 200 Below: Do Financial Incentives Work to Support Viral Load Suppression? Lessons learned from a pilot program at a NYC community clinic
  • Clinical Health Track Session 3
  • Improving Clinical Outcomes
  • A Primary Care Medical Home for Exploited Youth in the Nation’s Capital: A Promising Practice Model
  • Advancing Biomedical Adherence in HIV Care for Men of Color through Community-Research Partnership
  • Stay Connected! Transforming Your Healthcare Setting to Improve Clinical Outcomes Among People with HIV
  • Assessing and Building HIV Self-Management Skills
  • Clinical Health Track Session 4
  • Expanding a Healthy Workforce
  • When the Professional and Personal Overlap: Providing Care among Your Own Community
  • Providing Support for the Provider: Approaches to Enhancing Joy and Reducing Burnout for Clinicians in Community-Based and Health-Care Settings
  • Attending to Experience: The New Jersey CHW Experiment
  • HIV Workforce Resiliency


  • Health Systems /
    Fiscal Health Track
    Session 1
  • Planning
  • Integrated Planning 2.0: What You Need to know for your next Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan
  • End the Epidemics: Californians Mobilizing to End HIV, HCV, and STDs
  • Health Systems /
    Fiscal Health Track Session 2
  • Organizational Sustainability Models
  • Paradigm Time: From an HIV Clinic to an HIV Prevention Organization
  • Health Systems /
    Fiscal Health Track Session 3
  • 340B Compliance
  • 340B Program: Balancing Optimization and Compliance
  • Maximizing your 340B Program: Enhance Services and Compliance Strategies for Grantees


  • Hepatitis C Track
    Session 1
  • Testing and Treatment Models
  • Acceptability of Shared Medical Appointments for HCV Treatment Among Veterans: Results of a Quality Improvement Intervention
  • HCV Treatment Initiation During Inpatient Substance Abuse Care
  • One Stop Shop: Hepatitis C Outreach, Testing, and Telehealth
  • Developing a Perinatal Hepatitis C Program
  • Hepatitis C Track
    Session 2
  • HIV and HCV Integration
  • Everything But the Kitchen SYNC: Combining Virginia’s HIV and Hepatitis Testing Programs
  • Emergency Department HIV and HCV Screening and Linkage to Care in a High-Prevalence, Underserved Community
  • Behavioral Health Co-location to Facilitate HIV and HCV Care in the Non-metropolitan South
  • Hepatitis C Track
    Session 3
  • Incarceration and Re-Entry
  • Expanding Access to Treatment for Hepatitis C (HCV): Addressing Linkage to Care Needs on Re-Entry to Society from Incarceration
  • Hepatitis C: Substance Abuse, Hepatitis C and Linkage to Care for those that were formally incarcerated
  • Ending the HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) Epidemics in New York State: A Model for Addressing Health Disparities Experienced by Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Living with HIV and/or HCV
  • Self Discovery in Motion: Supportive SUD, COD, HIV and HCV Services for Formerly Incarcerated LGBTQIA2-S Youth in Los Angeles County
  • Hepatitis C Track
    Session 4
  • Policy and Program Development
  • Health Disparities in Access to Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Care in the U.S.
  • A Health Department Data-to-Care Approach to Improving Hepatitis C Screening and Treatment Rates in Clinical Facilities in New York City
  • Models to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis in 4 U.S. States: The Power of Effective Partnerships
  • Expanding Access to Syringe Service Programs is Essential to HCV Elimination: Lessons from State and Local Leadership in Action


  • HRSA Track
    Session 1
  • SPNS Initiative
  • Use of Social Media and Digital Technologies to Improve Outcomes Along the HIV Care Continuum of Youth and Young Adults Living with HIV
  • Improving Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Screening, Testing, and Treatment among People with HIV: The Launch of a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Special Project of National Significance (SPNS)
  • HRSA Track
    Session 2
  • Community Engagement
  • HRSA Track
    Session 3
  • Technical Assistance and Available Resources
  • HRSA Track
    Session 4
  • Health Disparities


  • Innovative Practice Track Session 1
  • Linkage and Retention in Care for Health Outcomes
  • Meeting Clients Where They Are, Literally: Outreach Testing, Linkage to Care and Other Support Services in the Rocky Mountain State
  • Innovative Practices to Increase Client Engagement and Retention in Rural HIV Clinics
  • Mobile Outreach and Retention (MORE) program for HIV+ patients at Whitman Walker Health in Washington, DC: A Novel Approach to Keeping People in Care and Achieving Viral Suppression
  • GREAT: An Innovative Intervention That Marries Medication Therapy Management and Enhanced Personal Contact
  • Innovative Practice Track Session 2
  • Partnerships and Integration
  • Safe & Sound Return Partnership, Access to Care & Employment Project
  • Innovative Linkage to Care Outcomes Between an ED and Community Provider Partnership
  • Impact of the Tobacco Use Reduction Program in People Living with HIV on Their Smoking Behavior: A Pre and Post Comparison Study in Michigan, 2017
  • Synergistic Partnerships: How Collaborating with Emerging Community Based Organizations, ECBOs, Can Improve Program Effectiveness
  • Innovative Practice Track Session 3
  • Data Collection and Sharing
  • Shared HIV Networks (SHiNe): Leveraging Michigan’s Integrated Health Department to Create an Innovative Molecular HIV Surveillance (MHS) System
  • Client Surveys for Continuous Quality Improvement: Lessons Learned from Maryland’s Ryan White Client Satisfaction Survey
  • Consumer Output in FOCUS: Rethinking Consumer Engagement for the 21st Century
  • Data to Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Innovative Practice Track Session 4
  • Sexual Health Messaging Among MSM and Minorities
  • Why Media Matters in Ending the HIV Epidemic: Tools for Connecting MSM & Minority Communities to Information and Services
  • Integrating CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together Campaign in Communities and Clinical Practices


  • LGBTQ+ Track
    Session 1
  • Improving Healtcare Access and Experiences
  • Enhancing Cultural Competence Skills to Engaging LGBTQ+ in HIV Services
  • LGBTQ Military Service members’ Experiences with Healthcare
  • The Battle to Ban: The History and Efficacy of International LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Laws
  • LGBTQ Health in Non Urban Settings
  • LGBTQ+ Track
    Session 2
  • Data to Improve Care
  • Sexual and Gender Minority Healthcare in Nevada: A Review of Increasing Access and Capacity Through Advocacy, Education, Policies, Legislation, and Practices over the Past Decade
  • Aligning Data on Gender, Sexual Orientation, Race, and Ethnicity within a Large U.S. Health Department
  • LGBTQ+ Track
    Session 3
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Yearning to Breathe Free: Vulnerability, Medical Mistreatment, and Improving Outcomes for LGBTQ immigrants Living with HIV in U.S. Detention Facilities
  • Whose Lung Is It Anyway?: A Trauma Informed Approach to Smoking and Harm Reduction in the LGBTQ Community
  • LGBTQ+ Track
    Session 4
  • Programmatic Work
  • Keeping the Sex in Sexual Health: A Sex Positive Approach to Community Outreach and Prevention in MSM Sex Venues
  • Gender-affirming Pregnancy Options Counseling
  • The Role of Peer Support in HIV Prevention and Treatment
  • Developing and Delivering an Ally Training Program in Caring for the Health of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Women


  • MSM of Color Track
    Session 1
  • Learning and Curriculum
  • From Soup to Nuts, the Implementation of the Transform Curriculum in the DC Health Department
  • Gentlemen Respecting and Interacting in Truth (GRIT): Healthy Black Masculinity
  • The Bodemé Workshop: An 8-hour HIV Prevention Intervention for Black Gay Men
  • Achieving Health Equity Through Learning Collaboratives
  • MSM of Color Track
    Session 2
  • Engagement and Community Collaboration
  • Black Gay Men Aren’t Hard to Reach: Strategies for Welcoming Black Gay Men at the Door
  • Innovative Approaches to HIV Prevention: Prioritizing and Engaging MSM of Color in South Central Texas
  • Nebraska Stigma Summit: A Statewide Multisystem Collaborative to Address HIV Related Disparities in Black Gay and Bisexual Men
  • Countering the Narrative: Exploring the Relationship between Wellness and Resilience in Black Men who have Sex with Men Living with HIV (BMSM+)
  • MSM of Color Track
    Session 3
  • Peer Navigation
  • Peer-Support: Adapting an EBI to Achieve Viral Load Suppression Among LYLWH
  • Peer Navigation Training for HIV Treatment and Prevention in Mississippi
  • MSM of Color Track
    Session 4
  • Expanding HIV Prevention and Care Opportunities
  • Two Blue Pills (The Game Changer or STD Makers) U=U and PrEP


  • PrEP Track
    Session 1
  • Adherence and Retention
  • Using Smart Phone Technology to Support PrEP Uptake and Adherence
  • Best Practices to Improve PrEP Adherence and Retention
  • Improving Retention in Care via Enhanced Adherence Monitoring
  • PrEP Track
    Session 2
  • Health Navigation and PrEP/PEP
  • Lend Me Your E.A.R. Examining PrEP use via Engagement, Adherence and Retention
  • Kickstarting PrEP: A Community Health-Focused Pilot Project
  • PEP: Missed Opportunities?
  • PrEP Track
    Session 3
  • Scaling Within Priority Populations
  • For Us By Us: Increasing the Uptake of PrEP in the Black Community
  • Increasing Access to PrEP for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Increasing PrEP Engagement within the Trans Comunity
  • The Impact of an HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Counseling Intervention among Women Seeking Family Planning Care
  • PrEP Track
    Session 4
  • Health Systems and PrEP
  • Developing Staff Capacity to Provide PrEP Medical and Education Services
  • Utilizing Emergency Departments for PrEP
  • A Midwestern Health System’s Approach to Expanding HIV Preventive Care via an Interdisciplinary PrEP Patient Navigation Program
  • An Evaluation of Virginia’s PrEP Ambassador Program: Telling the Story of Social Media Influencers and Impact on MSM and Transgender Followers


  • Social Determinants of Health Track
    Session 1
  • Impact of Social Determinants of Health on Health Equity
  • Using Your Data through a Health Equity Lens to Enhance HIV Testing and Prevention Efforts
  • Ending the HIV Epidemic in Puerto Rico: Analysis of Social Determinants and Its Impact on Effective Healthcare Strategies
  • Measuring Social Determinants of Health: Creating an Index to Monitor Health Outcomes among People Living with HIV
  • Listen Here, Listen Now, They Talk we Listen
  • Social Determinants of Health Track
    Session 2
  • LGBQ Education Around Social Determinants of Health
  • Serving the Underserved in the Buckeye State: The Equitas Health Institute
  • Understanding LGBTQ+ Bias/SOGI Improves HIV Screening
  • From Policy to Practice: A Case Study on LGBTQ Inclusion on Sexual Health Education
  • Social Determinants of Health Track
    Session 3
  • Trauma
  • Let’s Spill the “T”… A Trauma Informed Approach to HIV Prevention
  • Stronger Together
  • Breaking Cycles-Using Genograms to Break Trans-Generational Trauma
  • Social Determinants of Health Track
    Session 4
  • Mental Health and Housing
  • Beyond A Snapshot: Understanding the Interface Between HIV, Mental Health, and Substance Us
  • Prevalence and Correlates of Mental Health Diagnosis among People with HIV Receiving Ryan White Part A Services in New York City
  • The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and the Role of Housing in Healthcare


  • Substance Use /
    Opioids Track
    Session 1
  • Addressing IDU / PWID
  • Stick em’ up! Winning the Shootout with Infectious Diseases in Active Intravenous Drug Users (IVDU) Using a Healthcare Utility Belt
  • Utilizing Real Time Data Collection to Improve Syringe Access Program Service Delivery in Rural Areas
  • The State of Safe Consumption Spaces in the United States: Strategies for Building a Movement
  • Interventions to Enhance Hepatitis C Testing and Linkage to Care Among People Who Inject Drugs
  • Substance Use /
    Opioids Track
    Session 2
  • Patient Engagement
  • Making Patient-Centered Care Work: Building Patient Advisory Committees in Substance Use Treatment Organizations
  • Evidence of the Impact of the Circle Model on ekiM: Rural Syringe Exchange Program
  • Use of a Warm Room to Facilitate Hepatitis C Linkage to Care among People Who Inject Drugs
  • Cultural Considerations Specific to Engaging Latinx Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) Being Ravaged by Crystal Meth based on work conducted on the U.S.-Mexico Border
  • Substance Use /
    Opioids Track
    Session 3
  • Integrating SUD/OUD Services
  • Integrating Harm Reduction Support Strategies in Routine HIV and HCV Screening
  • How Harm Reduction and Primary Care Lower Barriers to SUD Treatment
  • Expanding Access to Medication to Treat Opioid Use Disorder in Corrections: Reducing Risk and Saving Lives
  • Comprehensive Syringe Service Programming: Best Practices for Integrating Hepatitis C Services, Behavioral Health, and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment


  • Special SYNC Session
  • Diversifying the HIV Workforce
  • Decolonizing the Healthcare and Social Service Field
  • Our Leadership and Our Stories – From Marginalized to Emerging: NASTAD’s Minority Leadership Program Is Building Leadership Among Persons of Color Working in Health Departments
  • Project IMPACT: An ASO and HBCU HIV Prevention Partnership Serving Young Adults of Color in the Deep South


  • Women’s Health Track
    Session 1
  • Improving Health Literacy to Enhance Adherence and Retention
  • Wisdom Matters: Enhancing Health Literacy in HIV+ Women using a Community- Based Intervention
  • Leveraging the Emergency Department visit to debunk myths on HIV and STI risks among African American women
  • “You Won’t Silence These Lambs”: Combining the Voices and Bridging the Gaps in HIV Treatment and Prevention Among Cisgender and Transgender African American Women in the South
  • The influence of limited HIV knowledge and awareness on the low uptake of PrEP amongst Black Women in Southeastern Alabama
  • Women’s Health Track
    Session 2
  • Engaging Women in HIV Care
  • Girl Talk: Developing and Evaluating Effective Virtual Support Groups for HIV-Positive Women to Improve Health Outcomes and Access
  • The Re-Engagement of Women Living with HIV into Care, Who Have Been Lost-To-Care or Never-In-Care, Through the Utilization of Surveillance Data to Care Analysis and HIV Prevention Methods
  • H.U.M.O.R. Heal, Understand, Motivate, Outreach and Retain: Using Laughter to Attain and Increase Retention in Care and Services among HIV Patients
  • Women’s Health Track
    Session 3
  • Disparities Among Women in Ending the Epidemics
  • Be the Change You Seek in Resistant Communities: Reproductive Justice, HIV Criminalization and the Impact Beyond the Courtroom
  • The Invisible Community: Healthcare Barriers for Black Lesbian and Queer Women and Girls
  • Disparities in Perinatal Mental Health in Black/African American Women: Why?
  • Sex and Disclosure