Nothing Without Us: HIV and Social Justice
The 13th Annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit
May 7, 2018
Bethel Gospel Assembly
2-26 East 120th Street, New York City
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 7, 2018 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 Friday, May 11, 2017 (tentatively), there will be a neighborhood health fair that will focus on consumers, clients and members of our broader neighborhoods and communities.
The 2018 Summit’s theme is “Nothing Without Us: HIV and Social Justice” and we are very excited about this year’s theme and the opportunities it will present as we look back through the last fifty years of the civil rights movement and forward toward new challenges in healthcare, how we can amplify our individual voices through strategic collaborations, and our we are working on our efforts to End the Epidemic by 2020 in New York State.
The greatest achievements in Ending the Epidemic have come when we have all worked together: People Living with HIV, People in High Risk Categories, Advocates, Social Workers, Medical Providers, Researchers and Policy Makers. All of our experiences make our forward momentum stronger, and nothing can be fully effective without all of us on the same page, amplifying each other’s voices and building on our shared work.
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. This year’s format will offer opportunities to present on five themes, each drawing inspiration from the civil rights movement over the last five decades:
Track 1: 1968 – 1978. Paving the Way for Change As the foremothers and fathers of the civil rights movement understood, their voice and their numbers were the most powerful tools they had. How are we using advocacy efforts to fight the epidemic? How are our voices being amplified on social media? How are they being received at the local, state and federal funding level? How do we include voices of the disenfranchised? Of youth? What tactics and techniques have helped us in our ongoing fight, and what early successes can we mirror in today’s work? How do we ensure that everyone’s voice is heard and that everyone has a seat at the table.
Track 2: 1978 – 1988. AIDS in America: This track is devoted to the early years of the HIV epidemic, AIDS as a civil rights issue and the new medical technology of HIV treatment. In the earliest years of the HIV epidemic, organizations like GMHC and Bailey House grew to address immediate and critical needs. “Act Up! Fight AIDS!” led to a national cry for HIV research, treatment and education. How are we addressing sudden and immediate needs today? How are we impacted by the range and availability of drugs and treatment options? What prevention techniques are we embracing to keep from backsliding, and most importantly: what are we doing to prevent the next epidemic?
Track 3: 1988 – 1998. Improvements in HIV Treatment and Care Options: This track focuses on HIV disclosure, fighting stigma and improving quality of care for people living with HIV/AIDS. As the HIV epidemic entered its second decade new advances in drug therapies changed an HIV diagnosis from an automatic death sentence to a hope of a longer life. What support structures do we have in place to empower people? How are housing, nutrition, substance abuse and mental health programs giving people the tools to live independently and with a greater quality of life? What more do we need to add? How has the stigma around HIV changed, or not? What other barriers did we face in terms of addressing the issues of women of color, gay men of color and other underserved populations?
Track 4: 1998 – 2008. The Intersectionality of HIV, Global Advocacy and Awareness: This track is dedicated to the global crisis of the HIV epidemic and the local influence of grassroots advocacy efforts that promoted a global perspective. In the early part of the 2000’s, America broadened its outlook to focus on fighting the epidemic on the world stage. This new intersectionality included greater awareness of the need to address health equity and a range of topics including access to care, reproductive health, social determinants of health, social justice and legal issues. What are we doing differently to address these factors, particularly in light of recent New York City numbers that show new infections dropping among MSMs, but increasing among women?
Track 5: 2008 – 2018. Ending the Epidemic by 2020: AIDS as a Social Justice Movement: This track enables us to address current strategies identified and implemented to End the AIDS Epidemic in NYS and establish a national model. How have biomedical strategies decrease HIV infection? How effective is PrEP/PEP? Will Undetectable=Untransmittable lead the way in ending the epidemic? Will we end the epidemic by 2020 and will the AIDS social justice movement end? What does “ending the epidemic” mean for at risk populations, for virally suppressed PLHIV, for long-term survivors? What new technologies will transform the epidemic? What are we doing until there’s a cure? And what are we doing for to help populations whose long-term health issues, exacerbated by HIV, won’t end with HIV?
Sessions are open to your imagination, but may address issues such as:
As always, we encourage you to find ways to address the needs and challenges of women, LGB and populations of Trans experience, youth and seniors, etc., in your submission.
Abstracts must be submitted online at
by 5PM on MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018
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, Community at Large, Activists
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 Monday, April 23, 2018. 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: Workshop Abstract – by 5PM on MONDAY, JANUARY 22,
Selection: Workshop faculty will be notified no later than February 7, 2018
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 breakfast and lunch served at the Summit.
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