Upcoming Conferences

2018 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities
Atlanta, GA | January 18-21, 2018

Past Conferences

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2017
Washington, D.C. | September 7-10, 2017

National Native HIV/AIDS Leadership Network
Presenters: Hannbah Blue (CBA@JSI), Ayn Whyte and Savannah Gene (Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board)
This session will build upon the discussions and action planning that have taken place at the 2016 United States Conference on AIDS and the 2017 Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference, to discuss and plan for a “National Native HIV/AIDS Leadership Network”. This Network will address the current gap and need for Native and tribal HIV/AIDS organizations throughout the country to establish a collaborative space to identify and promote needs, provide support to each other, and have a unified voice in pursuit of healthy Indigenous people and communities. Available resources will also be reviewed, including the availability of capacity building assistance (CBA) from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded CBA Providers. This session will be highly interactive, and will include a review of previous discussions, as well as planning for action steps moving forward

Your Service Delivery Model in a Changing Healthcare Landscape
Presenters: CBA@JSI Specialist, Laura Gerard
In this workshop, presenters will describe specific policy requirements for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and discuss the pros and cons of acquiring FQHC status. This workshop is intended to provide community-based organizations (CBOs) with information on 19 critical elements required to become an FQHC. FQHCs, often referred to as community health centers, are nonprofit community-directed health care providers serving low income and medically underserved communities. The HIV prevention landscape has changed dramatically in recent years and likely will continue to see dramatic changes in the coming years. With limited funding and funding mandates that require supporting the entire HIV continuum of care, traditional CBOs have had to reassess their service delivery models and determine how they will remain viable in an evolving environment. Applying to become an FQHC is an option of consideration for many CBOs. In addition to learning about the 19 specific federal policy requirements for FQHCs, participants will learn about the benefits of becoming an FQHC including grant money to offset the costs of uncompensated care, drug pricing discounts for pharmaceutical products under the 340B program, federal loan guarantees for capital improvements and access to National Health Service Corps (NHSC) medical, dental and mental health providers. A case study of an ASO that successfully transformed to become an FQHC will be presented throughout.

13th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference
Albuquerque, NM | April 19-21, 2017
Communicating Information on Hepatitis C and HIV Prevention Integration
Presented by CBA Specialists, Hannabah Blue and Arman Lorz

2016 NAESM African American MSM Leadership Conference

Los Angeles, CA | January 21-24, 2016

Identifying Best Practices and Effective Strategies to Confirm Linkages of High-risk HIV-negative Clients to Services
Presented by CBA Specialist, Sam Stallworth

National HIV Prevention Conference
Atlanta, GA | December 6-9, 2015

Identifying Best Practices and Effective Strategies to Confirm Linkages of High-risk HIV-negative Clients to Services
Presented by CBA Specialist, Sam Stallworth
While much guidance and resources have been allocated to ensuring that health departments and community-based organizations (CBOs) are able to successfully link persons living with HIV (PLWH) to medical care, there have been fewer efforts to help organizations confirm linkages for high-risk HIVnegative clients to prevention and essential support services, such as screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STD), housing, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). With shifting funding priorities, questions remain for how to provide the same level of service for HIV-negative clients and ensure they remain negative. During this discussion, participants identified activities and best practices already in place at their agencies to help ensure high-risk HIV-negative clients are receiving needed services, as well as identify what additional tasks may be needed to formalize their processes. Participants also discussed the services and referral networks they have in place to address barriers for HIV-negative clients, to help improve their overall health, and decrease their chances of becoming HIV-positive. Supporting high-risk HIV-negative clients aligns with the first goal of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) High-Impact Prevention (HIP) approach.

Poster: A Natural Extension of Our Central Mission: APICHA Community Health Center and the Structural Transformation of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Presented by Alexia Eslan (CBA@JSI) with APICHA Community Health Center
This poster presentation describes APICHA’s journey, including lessons learned and successes. Its journey began in the 1980s as a CBO dedicated to providing HIV education and behavioral prevention interventions to Asians and Pacific Islanders (API). By 2000, APICHA’s leadership made a strategic decision to grow the organization and expand their services and client populations to better serve the needs of their community. However, once the organization began to provide HIV primary care, they faced choices on how to sustain their fundamental commitments. The challenge was to continue serving its “legacy” population of HIV-positive API while expanding health care services that align with available federal resources.

American Evaluation Conference 2015
Chicago, IL | November 9-14, 2015

Poster: Resource-Based View, A Theory to Guide the Implementation and Evaluation of Capacity Building Services
Presented by Rodolfo Vega (CBA@JSI)
In the United States, community-based organizations (CBOs) are at the forefront of the delivery of HIV/AIDS prevention services. They are charged for bringing research into practice by implementing evidence-based interventions and to do so while ensuring cost-effectiveness and accountability. The advent of new HIV prevention technologies compel CBOs to become even more technologically and scientifically sophisticated since they involve biomedical interventions, economic evaluations for resource allocation, and linkages to clinical service providers. The federal government and the philanthropy sector spend millions of dollars in capacity building, technical assistance, and training to assist CBOs in carrying out their mission. Yet, programmatic theories to guide the implementation and evaluation of those efforts are lacking.

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U.S. Conference on AIDS 2015
Washington, D.C. | September 10-13, 2015

Thriving in Times of Change: Opportunities and Challenges to Ensuring Program Sustainability
Presenters: CBA@JSI Specialists, Laura Gerard, Liesl Lu, and Juli Powers
This workshop focused on fundamentals of strategy development to help position community-based organizations for success. The HIV prevention landscape has changed dramatically in recent years with the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, High-Impact HIV Prevention, and the Affordable Care Act. Given funding mandates to support the HIV care continuum, traditional prevention CBOs have had to reassess their service delivery models and determine how they will remain viable in an evolving environment. This workshop provided opportunities to discuss how an organization can “know itself” by understanding its mission, vision, and current business model, and how CBOs can build on their strengths to identify their competitive advantage.

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Community-Level Intervention, Implementation, and Adaptation Strategies in the ERA of High-Impact Prevention (HIP): The Community PROMISE Intervention
Presenters: Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center (APIWC) with Juli Powers (CBA@JSI) and Arman Lorz (CBA@JSI)
Community PROMISE is a scientifically proven effective, community- level HIV/STD prevention intervention that relies on role model stories and peer advocates from social networks (e.g., peers from a clinic or community) to reduce HIV risk behaviors and increase engagement related to the HIV continuum of care. Participants in this workshop learned best practices to implement Community PROMISE for HIP, reviewed best practices on how to implement Community PROMISE in clinic settings, explored the use of social media to disseminate role model stories, and discussed how to implement PROMISE for PrEP with High-Risk Negatives.

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Evaluating Patient Navigation Services
Presenters: National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) with Rodolfo Vega (CBA@JSI)
The purpose of this workshop was to identify the basic tools and practices to help community groups measure the effectiveness of their HIV Patient Navigators in their communities.  Using a highly interactive approach, the workshop explored ways to monitor and evaluate the different components of Patient Navigation Services (PNS). This workshop focused on the development of a logic model to guide PNS activities as well as process and outcome indicators. At the end of the workshop, participants gained the knowledge and resources to monitor and evaluate their respective PNS program.