2021 USCHA


Plenary Updates

Harold Phillips
Harold Phillips, Head of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy
Admiral Rachel Levine
Admiral Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health

The Opening Plenary on December 2, 12:00pm is a session packed with important messages from our Federal leaders.  Dr. Fauci will give us an update HIV and COVID research. Harold Phillips, Head of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and Admiral Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health will talk LIVE about the upcoming President’s plan and the NHAS Strategy, the US People Living with HIV Caucus will present the federal policy agenda and the focus on quality of life; and we will honor Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi for all of her years of service in fighting HIV and AIDS.

ViiV Healthcare is producing the second plenary on December 2 – Self, Identity and Culture: How culture and identity shape and inform each other. Make sure to join this session at 5:45pm.

George Johnson
George Johnson, Award-Winning Black Non-Binary Writer, Author, and Activist
Imara Jones
Imara Jones, Creator of TransLashMedia
Jesus Valles
Jesus I. Valles, Educator, Storyteller, and Performer
Darnell Moore
Moderator: Darnell Moore, Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content & Marketing at Netflix

On December 3 at 12 noon, please join Gilead Sciences for our USCHA plenary, titled, Voices of Resilience: Forging Progress and Urgency in Challenging Times. Moderated by Tori Cooper, the program will feature grassroots advocates working in the Southern U.S. to address barriers to helping end the HIV epidemic, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel discussion will explore how these advocates are helping forge progress, through innovation and resilience in challenging times.

Tony Morrison
Tony Morrison, Senior Producer, Good Morning America Digital
Karl Schmid
Karl Schmid, Broadcaster and Executive Producer, Plus Life Media
Joaquin Carcano
Joaquin Carcano, Director of Community Organizing, Latino Commission on AIDS, Latinos in the South Program
Tony Walker
Tony Walker, Director of Prevention and Community Partnerships, AIDS Alabama
Kayla Gore
Kayla Gore, Tiny House Project, Executive Director, My Sistah’s House
Antoinette Jones
Antoinette Jones, HIV Peer Specialist and Advocate, SisterLove, Inc.
Zakia McKensey
Zakia McKensey, Executive Director and Founder, Nationz Foundation
Jose Romero
Jose Romero, HIV Racial & Language Justice Consultant and Founder, A Pozitive Approach

And, the Closing Plenary: Foundation Stones to Building the EHE Effort in Indian Country will highlight the work of those addressing HIV and COVID in Indian Country, rural states and among Alaska Natives with limited infrastructure.  This plenary addresses these challenges and provides innovative solutions by Indian Country–making the case to support Native HIV care by providing essential building blocks.

Laura Platero
Laura Platero, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Annette Hubbard
Annette Hubbard, Ninilchik Village Tribe Health & Community Department
Rick Haverkate
Rick Haverkate, Indian Health Service
Christopher Paisano
Christopher Paisano, NMAC

Special Events

December 2, 7:00pm

USCHA is pleased to bring a special screening of the documentary FAUCI to all registered attendees.  Make sure to attend the panel interview with several of the film’s stars. The full documentary will be available in the USCHA platform after the panel presentation.

December 3, 10:00am

Join the Prevention Access Campaign for a Pre-conference session discussing their initiative – The Journey to 400,000: Leaving No One Behind.

Session Listings are now on the Agenda

Visit the Agenda tab and click on the hyperlinks to see the list of all workshops, institutes and posters.  Presenters will be available for live Q&A at the scheduled time.

Live Lounges

Back by popular demand, we will have lounges that are moderated live so that registrants can meet in person.  Make sure to visit them for informal networking, music, how-tos, health and wellness segments and much more.  Additional information will be shared soon.

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