15th Annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit
Monday, May 4, 2020
Bethel Gospel Assembly
2 East 120th Street, New York, NY 10035
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM Morning Plenary Session
Opening remarks, Ingrid Floyd, Executive Director
Update on Women, Girls and HIV, Oni Blackstock, MD, MHS, NYC Health Department’s Bureau of HIV
10:15 - 11:15 AM Breakout Session I
Developing a Comprehensive Health Program for Women of Transgender Experience at Elevated Risk for HIV: A Medicaid Managed Care Plan’s Experience
Kevin Steffens, RN, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Services and Programs, Amida Care Rachel Luscombe-Daigle, BSN, RN, Transgender Program Clinical Liaison, Amida Care Alister Rubenstein, BS, Transgender Health Program Manager, Amida Care Mary Malek, PharmD, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Amida Care Melodie Baja, PharmD, Pharmacy Resident, Amida Care
This panel describes the experience of Amida Care developing and implementing a program to provide access to comprehensive healthcare and prevention services for women of transgender experience at elevated risk for HIV. Topics to be discussed include: elements of a comprehensive HIV prevention program to achieve clinical best practices within Medicaid managed care, metrics to monitor/evaluate quality of care, and PrEP education, outreach, and support services.
Immigrant Latina "Meseras" take PrEP
Nathaly Rubio-Torio, Executive Director, Voces Latinas Marisol Ramirez, Outreach Specialist, Voces Latinas Jaqueline Coral, Promotora, Voces Latinas Ivettlisse Velandia, Promotora, Voces Latinas
Purpose is to raise awareness about immigrant Latina Meseras who are at high risk for HIV/STI and violence due to the nature of their work in the bars. This is a population that does not know about PrEP but can benefit greatly from PrEP. Meseras will give testimony and explain the their work in the bars. Additionally, we will demonstrate data collected from 100 meseras, and we will demonstrate the posters created by the meseras and discuss next steps in recruiting bars, restaurants and clubs to host the poster.
Intention, Possibility, and Progress: Facilitating Positive Health Outcomes for Women of Color Living with HIV, NYSDOH, AIDS Institute
Johanne Morne, Director Laura J. Trolio, OPCA Initiatives Manager, Office of Planning and Community Affairs Jasán M. Ward, Program Coordinator, Office of Planning and Community Affairs Nkechi Oguagha, Director, Bureau of Special Populations All presenters represent the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute
Advances in HIV treatment have resulted in more people who are growing older with HIV. Through a structured presentation and guided group discussion, this workshop will provide an overview of initiatives and data emphasizing the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute’s (NYSDOH AI) programs and services addressing women of color living with HIV across the lifespan, with a focus on older women living with HIV. Staff from the NYSDOH AI, will describe how past and current initiatives are utilized to create innovative health approaches and interventions that address the myriad of issues impacting this vulnerable population e.g. retention in care, medication adherence, polypharmacy, trauma and mental/behavioral health needs etc. Exploratory group discussion will be utilized to ascertain new strategies that will inform ending the epidemic services development beyond 2020 for women of color living with HIV as long-term survivors.
The Influence of Words and Movement is Medicine
Hassan Yasin, Founder/CEO of Giant Thinking & Bar-Tendaz, Artie Hughes and Maria Davis
Participants will learn how words impact movement and how to incorporate physical fitness and movement into their programs and lives and the benefit of movement for people living with HIV/AIDS.
The Wellness Community at Hyacinth (TWCH)
Johanne Rateau, Director of Regional Services and Rosalind Ford, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Director of Behavioral Health, Hyacinth
Participants will understand the program elements of the Wellness Community at Hyacinth (TWCH) and its potential application in other CBOs. In this workshop we will present three elements of that model: 1. The overview of the mental health program- the Wellness Community at Hyacinth; 2. Employment of Wellness Navigators as peer staff with lived experience; 3. Description of the Wellness adjunctive groups
11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Breakout Session II
Exploring Paths to Sustained Viral Load Suppression for Women in New York City Living with HIV: An Epidemiological Analysis Using Data from the CHAIN Cohort Study
Sarah Dugan, MPH, Global Health Certificate Program Coordinator, Dr. Angela Aidala, Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Sociomedical Science, Maiko Yomogida, Senior Staff Associate in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Dr. Mary Ann Chiasson, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Erin Harned, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
The purpose of this presentation is to provide a deeper look at how behavioral factors and unmet service needs affect sustained viral load suppression (VLS) in women living with HIV in New York City. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to describe how sustained VLS is impacted by behavioral factors and unmet service needs in women living with HIV in New York City and describe how this data could be leveraged to assist policy makers, providers, and program planners to improve services and programming for women living with HIV in NYC.
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Lynette Trawick, Founder of I Am U, Inc. Ciarra Covin, Founder of Healing is Voluntary
The purpose of this session is to encourage women to become secure in who they are. So often we subject ourselves to situations that we should not be in (re: abuse, infidelity, etc) which can quickly turn into a never ending cycle which has the potential to transfer to younger generations. It is the hope that the audience will find this session to be a safe space for the acknowledgement of their own self worth.
Latinas and HIV Prevention-The Untold Stories of Strength and Resilience
Ofelia Barrios, Senior Director of Community Health Initiatives, Iris House; Nathaly Rubio-Torio, Executive Director, Voces Latinas
After completing the workshop, participants will be able to gain an understanding of the lived experiences of Latina women, the multitude of challenges/barriers faced when accessing HIV services and identify solutions to better meet the needs of Latinas in New York City.
Looking Beyond Viral Suppression: The Importance of Building Community Support and Self-Care
Krista Martel, Executive Director, The Well Project, Kimberly Canady and Evelyn Scalice
Isolation and stigma continue to pose significant barriers to optimal health and quality of life for women living with HIV. Data (including The Well Project’s 210-2019 survey) demonstrate that being connected to a supportive, empowered community can improve self-esteem and decrease self-stigma among women living with HIV, and that they may be particularly helpful to women who are isolated or not connected to a local support network. These connections can improve engagement in care, self-care, and health-seeking behaviors. This session will define and describe “community support” and “self-care,” provide an overview of relevant data, and present personal perspectives of women living with HIV.
S.H.E (Sexual Health Education) Comes First
Sandra Coronado, Team Leader (Hudson County) Johanna Lopez, Latina Women's Health Educator (Union County) Janet Beres, Latina Women's Health Educator (Middlesex County) Lynette Walker, African American Women's Health Educator (Passaic County) Monique Davis (Essex County)
The objective of this workshop is to empower women to be advocates of their own sexual health. Through this workshop, women will feel more comfortable and confident to use their voices. Topics that will be addressed include: -Values -HIV/AIDS Education -Effective Communication -How to make condoms fun and sexy -Overcoming
Trauma . . . Not Drama!
Shayra Vega, CASAC 2, Assistant Director, Recovery & Wellness Center - Exponents Nicole S. Bowles, LGBT Specialist / Exponents Dana Diamond, CASAC 2, Director of Health Services - Exponents
Identify the most common signs of trauma/PTSD for assessment purposes. Presenters will provide overview and data that supports Exponents' use of Seeking Safety to intervene w/both cis and transgender women.
Teens, Young Adults and HIV Education: Hear it Directly
Crystal Mitchell, Iris House and Audria Russell, Iris House and Young Adults from Job Corps
A panel of teens and young adults who will discuss what they feel is needed and missing in HIV education programs and ways programs can engage this population.
12:30 - 1:30 PM: Luncheon Plenary - Honorees Recognition Award Ceremony
Ms. Dawn Averitt, Lillibeth Gonzalez and Octavia Lewis
1:45 - 3:15 PM: "Across the Lifespan from Prevention to Aging" - Panel discussion hosted by Gina Brown, MD; Panelists - Connie Johnson, Milagros Ortiz, Nala Toussaint, Raven Lopez and Waheedah Shabazz-El
3:15 - 4:30 PM Networking Session and Dessert
$25 General Admission; $10 for People Living With HIV
2020 Summit Sponsors
(list in formation)
2020 SUMMIT PLANNING COMMITTEE
Ingrid Floyd, Chair
Mt. Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
The Well Project
Department of Health
AIDS Alliance for Women
The Alliance for Positive Change