16th Annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit
Monday, June 7, 2021
Call for Workshop Submissions
Due March 22, 2020
Iris House: A Center for Women Living with HIV, Inc., is now accepting Workshop Proposals Abstracts for our annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit, taking place virtually on Monday, June 7, 2021. The summit 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. As well, this year’s summit will reach women from across the U.S. and around the World.
The 2021 Summit’s theme is “Women Without Bounds” and we are ecstatic about this year’s theme and the opportunities it will present. The scale of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS epidemic has exceeded all expectations since its identification 40 years ago. Globally, an estimated 36 million people are currently living with HIV (with women and girls accounting for about 48% of all new infections in 2019), and some 20 million people have perished, with the most severe of the epidemic centered on sub-Saharan Africa.
Examples of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Newly Independent States provide insight into the demographics, modes of exposure, treatment and prevention options, and the economic effect of the endemic on the global community. The epidemic in each region of the world is influenced by a myriad of intersectional factors associated with the spread of HIV/AIDS and responses that have evolved to address it. These influences are important in developing HIV/AIDS policies and programs to effectively address the global pandemic.
The spread of HIV and its impact on social capital, population structure and economic growth has been greater than anticipated. Responding to HIV/AIDS on a scale proportionate with the epidemic is a global imperative, and steady social mobilization is necessary to combat one of the most serious crises facing human development. This year’s summit will attempt to address the local, domestic and global implications of the virus and its impact.
Workshop Presentations will showcase 60-minute presentations that will reflect one of the four 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 four themes, each drawing on the impact women have had in Ending the Epidemic, how women are impacted and innovative programs and services for cisgender, transgender and gender non-conforming women and men.
Track 1 The global impact of HIV/AIDS: Increased funding is required to meet global HIV targets by 2030. In addition, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS epidemic has already devastated many individuals, families, and communities. The endemic has left millions of children orphaned, has disrupted village and community life, and increasingly contributes to the erosion of civil order and economic growth. As the virus evolves, rates will continue to rise in communities and nations where poverty, social inequalities, and weak health infrastructures facilitate spread of the virus. To understand HIV/AIDS on a global level, prevention and care must address issues and conditions unique to different regions and communities.
What trends are present in the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS outside the United States and how have women been impacted? Which strategies can be implemented to prevent further spread and to mitigate associated consequences?
How do theories about the biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence HIV transmission and disease translate into application? How do we continue to expand our efforts and reach individuals and communities with prevention and care programs that have been proven to work?
Track 2 Intersectionality of HIV and COVID-19: Since its emergence in late 2019, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, has infected more than 60 million people worldwide causing more than 1.4 million deaths as of November 2020. Elderly people and males have been associated with more severe outcomes; several comorbidities, including those involving immunosuppression, also seem to be associated with higher risk of COVID-19 deaths. Little evidence, however, exists on how HIV infection affects risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19.
The current understanding of the risk of developing severe COVID-19 in people living with HIV is evolving. Evidence suggests that HIV is less of a risk factor for severe COVID-19 than other health conditions. People living with HIV and on effective antiretroviral treatment (ART) do not appear to be at greater risk of getting COVID-19. Additionally, current COVID-19 vaccines are believed to be safe for people living with HIV.
How have programs adapted during this pandemic to serve PLWHA? How are the two viruses similar in the impact work being done in both arenas? How are organizations expanding to administer COVID-19 testing, and how does that intersect with HIV testing or COIVD education and the impact of both on POC? What resources are available for those who are positive and in isolation due to COVID-19? What types of success stories do we have with HIV/COVID-19? With so much of our work having to shift to virtual platforms and tele-health, how exactly are you using technology to connect during this time?
Track 3 HIV, Women, and Prevention Research (PreP, etc.): HIV prevention in this past year marked a concomitant change, that of which is evident in public perception and the opinions of policy makers. The discourse on HIV prevention now includes the possibility that the epidemic can be stopped. Additionally, cis and trans women are severely under-represented in research design, implementation, clinical trials, etc.
Increasingly scarce financial resources also drive this renewed focus on prevention. The global economic crisis has substantially affected funding for HIV, with resources for prevention levelling off in the past decade and future funding commitments unclear. These reductions put many programs at risk and warrant a sharpened focus on prevention. Fiscal constraints have created pressure on prevention programs to be more accountable by providing clearer evidence of impact and delivering better value for money.
How are PreP programs being designed to increase uptake, especially for women? What new research exists for the advancement of HIV medications or PrEP treatment? How do we get CBOs involved in more HIV research?
Track 4 Black Girl Magic: Women are without Bounds: The role of women as resilient researchers, clinicians, caregivers and advocates is a little-told story of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. So organizers of a panel for this year’s 16th annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit decided to focus on the contribution that Black women specifically have made to understanding, preventing, treating and — one day — ending HIV ever since the first reports in 1981 of an unusual illness among young gay men that was later determined to be AIDS.
Sessions are open to your imagination, but may address issues such as:
What are organizations and advocates doing to implement innovative programming to engage women in HIV prevention and treatment? How is the Black woman’s experience and adaptive coping strategies used to cope with trauma, racism, HIV-stigma, and gender-related stressors? How does the “superwoman schema” play into Black women and resilience?
How do we empower and strengthen both BWLWH and their “village” in order to promote resilience and reduce health disparities within their social networks including the effectiveness of peer programs? How are we providing innovative prevention work with younger women and girls internationally, given some of the political, cultural and financial constraints? What is new in advocacy, leadership opportunities, and training programs? How do we encourage “Black Girl Magic” within the HIV community?
We are excited about the format this year, and hope that you will consider presentations that open our eyes, challenge our perceptions, force us to really think about the way we interact with the world and each other, and keep ourselves available to understand our own strengths and shortcomings.
As always, 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
by 5PM on Monday, March 22, 2021
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, May 24, 2021. We ask this for logistical 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,
March 22, 2021
Selection: Workshop faculty will be notified no later than April 23, 2021
If you have questions, please contact: Nichole Benjamin, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646 548 0100 x 222
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.
2021 Summit Sponsors
(list in formation)
2021 SUMMIT PLANNING COMMITTEE
The Well Project
Ingrid Floyd, Chair
Mt. Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
The Well Project