This track is to explore diversity and inclusion in the HIV framework. We are looking for community/Race focused topics exploring the various struggles and successes within that community while working to End the HIV Epidemic. Racism has made an indelible mark on America’s history right up to today’s HIV movement. This track will discuss Race and the pervasive impact of racism on (but not limited to) access to care, services, leadership, treatment, and our communities. How do we identify sources of these issues in the HIV movement? What strategies are we using to combat implicit bias and racism in the various Race specific communities?
The Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative has brought together multiple divisions of federal social services that greatly support people living with and/or impacted by HIV. Leadership and staff from Health & Human Services (HHS), Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA), National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Office of AIDS Research (OAR), Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HUD/HOPWA) will lead discussions on how they will collectively reduce the impact of HIV within their division and also through intentional collaboration amongst themselves in partnership with the community.
Although COVID-19 has added more barriers, ending the HIV epidemic is still our goal, and prevention is key. This track will include conversations about the barriers and opportunities found while navigating access to biomedical HIV prevention, condom distribution, and new game-changers like long-term injectables. It will highlight innovative ways to overcome current challenges while addressing social new norms, behaviors, and intersectionality with HIV, HCV, STDs, and COVID-19.
The new reality of life with COVID-19 forces us to look at the provision of HIV services and care and evaluate how it interacts with COVID-19 medical and social services. Both diseases disproportionally affect Blacks, Latinx, and Native Americans. Can we use the infrastructure built for HIV care and services for COVID-19 patients? This track focuses on strategies that combine tactics to end both epidemics. It will include perspectives that recognize the impact of social determinants of health, people living with HIV who are 50+, work safety, U=U, and others.
At the end of the year, each identified EHE jurisdiction will have submitted their local plan to execute the initiative. Now we will begin the real-time process at enacting programs and policies to reduce the impact of HIV. Health departments, federal entities, and local community-based organizations will share and discuss plans and best practices to achieve the tenets of the EHE initiative.
HIV and its destructive reach do not discriminate on an individual level, but it does discriminate at the community level. Racial/ethnic minorities, sexual/gender minorities, people who are street involved and people who use substances are disproportionately impacted by HIV. These workshops will focus on identifying, addressing, and proposing solutions for the intersections of demographics, social determinants of health, and poor HIV health outcomes.
As COVID19 continues to demand Congressional action and federal funding, this track will look at the long-term policy and funding affects this will have on Ending the Epidemic. Immunocompromised individuals who have become infected with the COVID virus depend on research and science; this track will also explore what Congress must do to address the co-infection while continuing its promise to ending the HIV epidemic by 2030.
This track will looks to train and energize community organizing around Ending the Epidemic. As more leaders retire, NMAC is determined to train the next generation of community organizers so that modern advocacy can be incorporated in today’s technology era.
We are at a historical juncture, fighting against not one, but two epidemics. It is not a matter of choosing one but of how to tackle both. With that in mind, this track will focus on the innovations carried out to make sure HIV testing continues while including COVID-19. Intersectionality and attention to health disparities are key and should frame the discussion on best practices, community protocols, linkage to care, and most affected populations.
Reconociendo la importancia de la accesibilidad al lenguaje, hemos creado este track completamente en español. A través de las presentaciones se estarán abordando las intersecciones entre COVID-19 y VIH para discutir las barreras y facilitadores hacia realizar pruebas, continuar esfuerzos de prevención y el contínuo de cuidado necesario para acabar con ambas epidemias.