World AIDS Day 2020, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact
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The Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) and viral hepatitis are two topics that will be in the spotlight next week at the 2018 U.S. Conference on AIDS. Each is the theme of a pathway – a series of workshops – offered at the conference and supported by the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP). USCA participants are encouraged to attend to learn more about these important issues, hear about successful models and strategies, and share their own experiences and ideas with experts and others working in the field. The 2018 USCA takes place September 6-9 in Orlando, Florida.
This pathway will feature lessons, approaches, and tools from recent projects supported by the Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) as well as workshops exploring important current issues in our national response to HIV. Supporting projects in 40 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam that are conducted by more than 200 health departments, health centers, and community organizations, SMAIF is transforming HIV prevention, care, and treatment for communities of color by bringing federal, state, and community organizations together to design and test innovative solutions that address critical emerging needs and work to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of federal investments in HIV programs and services for racial and ethnic minorities. Learn more about SMAIF.
The sessions in this pathway include:
In addition, the pathway will feature two special sessions exploring important current issues in our national response to HIV:
The SMAIF pathway sessions will be offered on Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7.
Also comprised of four sessions, the viral hepatitis pathway is being coordinated by NASTAD. Corinna Dan, OHAIDP's Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor, will be a panelist in two of the sessions:
The pathway's other sessions include:
The viral hepatitis pathway sessions also will be offered on Thursday and Friday.
Join us, meet our staff and other experts, and share your experiences during these sessions and throughout 2018 USCA.
Also at USCA, be on the lookout for a special listening session. The current National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (NVHAP) both expire in 2020. Scientific advances, the evolution of the health care system, emerging strategies for effective prevention, treatment and cure, and ongoing and emerging challenges such as the opioid crisis have created imperatives and opportunities to renew and extend these plans designed to move us, as a nation together, toward the goal of eliminating both diseases as public health threats in the United States.
Join community leaders, frontline workers, individuals living with and at risk for infection, and other members from the community at the listening session to share your thoughts and experiences to help inform the updated NHAS and NVHAP.