SPECIAL SYNC SESSIONS

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Intersectional Stigma and Access to Comprehensive Care

Session Summary:

During this session, participants will learn how stigma undermines access to care in marginalized communities, most notably racial and ethnic groups and sexual and gender minorities, which bear a disparate burden of non-communicable and infectious diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis, and COVID-19. Stigma in this session will be described as a set of interrelated oppressions based on clients’ race, sexual orientation, gender expression, and/or health status. Several persons with HIV will describe the impact of stigma in their lives. Providers, in turn, will discuss evidence-based approaches to improving access to care among underserved client populations. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions before and after the session.

Speakers:

          • Brandon Wilson, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
          • Clemens Steinbock, Center for Quality Improvement & Innovation
          • Dr. Sohail Rana, Howard University

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SYNCing Activism, Advocacy & Organizing Through HIV Criminalization Modernization

Session Summary:

This institute will educate participants about HIV and the criminalization of people living with HIV that is occurring domestically and globally. Knowledge of this issue coupled with other stigmatizing intersectionalities are what participants need in creating and building advocacy programs. The model of this session will be based off a coalition recently organized and two established movements as your key presenters which are – The Ending HIV Criminalization and Overincarceration in Virginia Coalition (ECHO VA), Florida HIV Justice Coalition, and the Georgia HIV Justice Coalition.

Learning Objectives:

          • Describe the legal underpinnings of HIV criminalization across the United States.
          • List at least three (3) lessons learned from the experiences of three (3) HIV Criminalization Modernization movements (Georgia HIV Justice Coalition, Florida HIV Justice Coalition, and Ending HIV Criminalization and Over Incarceration in Virginia Coalition). 
          • Assess available resources to support advocacy efforts around HIV Criminalization.

Speakers:

          • Cedric Pulliam, ECHO VA Coalition
          • Deirdre Johnson, ECHO VA Coalition
          • Kamaria Laffrey, Sero Project

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Diversifying the HIV Workforce

Session Summary:

This dynamic session will focus on how colonization has influenced the health/social service fields and the need to increase the capacity of emerging leaders of color within these spaces to equip them with skills, mentors, and introspection that help them advance in their varied personal career trajectories. This session will cover the development of HealthHIV’s HIV Prevention Certified Provider Program (HIV PCP), which is an online, self-paced CME curriculum composed of five courses in HIV prevention detailing the pertinent clinical and practice information that clinicians need to effectively employ HIV prevention interventions.

Learning Objectives:

          • Discuss the colonization of America and the issues colonization has created in social service and healthcare fields
          • Identify strategies for prioritizing Black and Brown client voices
          • Describe how vulnerability and trauma arise when health department POC represent marginalized communities impacted by health inequities, while simultaneously doing the work to remediate disparities
          • Understand the synergy between how structural systems of oppression drive POC staff and community related inequities, while providing solutions that empower participants to build meaningful relationships and work towards equitable public health practices
          • Describe the need for primary care providers to receive comprehensive training in HIV prevention
          • Discuss the role of stigma, discrimination, trauma, and social determinants of health in HIV prevention

Speakers:

          • Teresa Springer, Wellness Services Inc.
          • Rosy Galvan, NASTAD
          • John Meade, NYSDOH AIDS Institute
          • Dana Cropper-Williams, HealthHIV

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