Ingrid Floyd, Chair
US Dept of HHS,
Office on Women’s Health
Mt. Sinai Beth Israel
Michael Barret Jones
Planned Parenthood of NYC
2016 Summit Sponsors
The 11th Annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit
Call for Workshop Submissions; Closed January 15th
Iris House: A Center for Women Living with HIV, Inc., is now accepting Workshop Proposals Abstracts for our annual two-day Women as the Face of AIDS Summit. Monday, May 2, 2016 will provide educational and networking opportunities for people living with HIV and AIDS, providers and professionals working in AIDS service organizations, community-based organizations, government and medical facilities. On Saturday, May 7, 2016, there will be a neighborhood health fair that will focus on consumers, clients and members of our broader neighborhoods and communities.
The 2016 Summit’s theme is “The Race to the End,” and we are very excited about this year’s theme and the opportunities it will present to examine how racial disparities, the social determinants of health, and a culturally competent approach are critical to our work, our world, and our efforts to End the Epidemic by 2020 in New York State.
We don’t often talk specifically about race when thinking about HIV prevention, treatment and viral suppression. This Summit will allow us the opportunity to have open dialogues about how addressing race, specifically and contextually, will help us in our “Race” to End the Epidemic.
In 2011, the diagnosis rate for HIV cases in the United States was 15.8 per 100,000 population and 60.4 among Blacks. Of 197,090 diagnoses of HIV-infection from 2008-2011, Blacks/African Americans accounted for:
Hispanics/Latinos made up 17% of the population of the United States but in 2011 accounted for 21% of diagnoses of HIV infection.
In this world where #BlackLivesMatter and our political climate is one in which multiple populations are being singled out for their immigration status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or gender presentation, there is so much more that every one of us can do: for ourselves, our families, our environments, in our communities to help ensure that the barriers of racism and cultural discrimination are acknowledged and lowered, if not completely decimated, as we race to end the HIV and AIDS Epidemic.
Workshop Presentations will showcase 60-minute presentations that will reflect one of the five conference tracks. We invite a wide range of presentation styles -- lecture, Q&A, panel, hands-on participation, and more -- and hope to offer a diverse collection of topics within each track. In the past, we’ve offered five tracks spread out throughout the day. This year’s format will offer opportunities to present on three themes:
1) Readiness (Track One): As in any road race, the first step we have to take is how we prepare ourselves for the effort. Taking a step back, examining our own prejudices, our own filters, our own way of thinking about and interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds is a first step. What do our organizations need to do to prepare the way they work? How do we perceive race, ethnicity, age, and gender as we approach our work? How do we incorporate the social determinants of health our discussions of race.
2) Racing (Track Two): When you’re on the ground running, you have to worry about keeping your momentum, where your energy comes from, what obstacles may get in your way. These sessions will focus on successful ways that an understanding of cultural differences positively impacts our work, the impediments to service delivery, the effect that social determinants play on health outcomes, and techniques to keep consumers engaged in your programs and adherent to their treatment plans.
3) Recovery (Track Three): Once the race is over, the rest of your life begins and you start to train for the next challenge. How do we deal with policy issues, advocacy issues and keep people interested in the ongoing work once they’ve crossed a ‘finish line?’ How do we achieve a greater rate of viral suppression and what do we do to maintain that? What are we doing for long term survivors? How do issues of criminal justice impact our efforts to move the conversation forward? How do we take care of each other?
Sessions are open to your imagination, but may address issues such as:
As always, while the focus this year is very strong on race, we encourage you to find ways to address the needs and challenges of women, LGB and Trans populations, youth and seniors, etc, in your submission.
Abstracts must be submitted online at
by 5PM on Friday, January 15th.
The following information will be required for submission
NAME AND TITLE OF PRESENTER AND ORGANIZATION, if applicable.
INDICATE TRACK UNDER WHICH YOU’D LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED
TITLE: Title of Presentation
FORMAT: Lecture, Panel, Workshop
EXPECTED AUDIENCE: PLWHAs, Front Line CBO Staff, Medical Professionals, Organizational Leadership, Policymakers
OBJECTIVE: Describe the purpose of the workshop and what outcomes you hope from your audience at the Summit.
METHODS: Briefly describe the information you’ll be presenting, and the methods or strategies used in the program.
RESULTS: Describe the objective outcomes of the program, project or study. Include quantifiable data, if possible.
TAKE-AWAYS: State the conclusions reached as a result of the program.
All selected presentations using visual displays at the Summit (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation) will be required to submit those by Wednesday, April 27, 2016. We ask this for logistic purposes and space preparation, not content review. If you are using material created by a third party entity, we require you to credit them appropriately.
Submission Deadline: email to Michael Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop Abstract – January 15, 2016
Workshop faculty will be notified no later than February 8, 2016
If you have questions, please contact: Michael Jones, email@example.com or 646-548-0100 x222.
Honorariums and Reimbursement
The committee regrets that it cannot offer honorariums or reimbursements for food and/or transportation costs for all presenters. If you are in need of transportation assistance, please indicate this at the end of your abstract submission. All workshop panelists will receive lunch served at the Summit.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, or how you can be a part of this great event, please email Michael.