OIDP Activities at the 2020 U.S. Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA – formerly USCA)

About the Conference

The 2020 United States Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) will take place online Oct. 19-21. Organized by NMAC, this is the largest domestic conference on HIV.

Federal Plenary

An October 21st plenary session entitled “Federal Perspectives on EHE Efforts in the Era of COVID-19” will be held from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET. Speakers are:

  • Harold Phillips, Chief Operating Officer for Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) and Senior HIV Advisor for the HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP)
  • Laura Cheever, MD, ScM, Associate Administrator for HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA
  • Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, NIAID
  • Neeraj Gandotra, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, SAMHSA
  • Maureen M. Goodenow, Ph.D., Associate Director for AIDS Research and Director, Office of AIDS Research, NIH
  • Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., RADM and Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, and Prevention, (CDC)

The HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and federal agencies will participate in these ways:

Live with Leadership Conversations

We invite everyone to listen to these free, 20 minute sessions to hear directly from federal and community leaders about activities to further EHE. No advance registration needed. Harold Phillips, Chief Operating Officer for EHE, and Senior HIV Advisor, OIDP will moderate these conversations. Submit advance questions to EndHIVEpidemic@hhs.gov and use the chat box during each discussion.

Please use this link for all three sessions listed belowExit Disclaimer. If prompted, please use the passcode 703243.

Monday, October 19th (11:15–11:35 a.m. ET)

Guest: Kaye Hayes, OIDP Acting Director, and Executive Director, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA)

Topic: Importance of USCHA to EHE

Tuesday, October 20th (2:00–2:20 p.m. ET)

Guest: Leisha McKinley-Beach, Community Advocate and Public Health Consultant

Topic: Updates from the Community on EHE

Tuesday, October 20th (6:00–6:20 p.m. ET)

Guests: NMAC’s Paul Kawata, Executive Director and Ace Robinson, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Topic: NMAC Update from USCHA

Join These USCHA Sessions

Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA): Addressing Stigma and Disparities Session

October 20th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (ET)

PACHA is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice, information, and recommendations to HHS regarding HIV prevention, treatment and care. With the creation of the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative, PACHA has a unique opportunity to contribute to this historic effort by making recommendations regarding progress in achieving the goals of the EHE. Since PACHA serves as a conduit between HHS and the community, USCHA is a perfect forum to connect with stakeholders across the country. The purpose of this session is to provide conference attendees with an update on the work of PACHA’s Stigma and Disparities subcommittee. It will include what PACHA has accomplished thus far, an EHE update, and solicit feedback on what priorities PACHA should consider for addressing stigma and disparities, in the context of EHE, moving forward

AHEAD: Dashboard for Ending the HIV Epidemic Plan for America

October 20, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

In support of Ending the HIV Epidemic in America (EHE) initiative, HHS created America’s HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD), an online tool that visualizes HIV indicator data and individualized goals at local and national levels. This workshop will be an opportunity to get acquainted with the applicability of the dashboard in real-world public-health planning, monitoring, and evaluation. Additionally, it will be an opportunity for participants to discuss how data alignment and transparency can support communities in reaching EHE objectives.

Let’s Expand and Improve Telehealth: A Dialogue With You

October 21st, noon – 1:00 pm (ET)

Expansion of telehealth in response to COVID-19 has opened up access and provided continuity of care for people with HIV and people interested in HIV prevention interventions, including PrEP. Let’s sustain these gains and improve upon them. What works well, what needs to be changed and how do we expand and enhance telehealth going forward? The purpose of this interactive program is to share experiences with telehealth from program, provider and patient/consumer viewpoints. Lessons learned will be highlighted, followed by a discussion of the policies and programs needed to expand and enhance telehealth services. This workshop will provide a dialogue with participants that will inform federal partners’ strategies and activities to sustain, expand and enhance telehealth services for people with HIV and key populations.

Virtual Booth

Conference participants can visit the OIDP booth to learn about the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative, the Ready Set PrEP program and the AHEAD dashboard. You can also chat with OIDP staff and find resources about EHE and OIDP’s efforts.

Share your Opinion on HIV.gov: Usability Testing

You’re invited to give feedback on new and upcoming website features available on HIV.gov. You DO NOT have to be a registered USCHA attendee to evaluate our designs. Please choose your preferred time hereExit Disclaimer. Sessions will last no more than 30 minutes and will be conducted remotely on Zoom.


During and after the conference, HIV.gov will post blogs about federal sessions and recap the Live with Leadership conversations. Sign up for blog updates from HIV.gov.

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More Federal Activities

Selected workshops are listed below. Look on the USCHA platform for a full and final list. All times are (ET).

October 19th

  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm:
    • Words Matter: Using Non-Stigmatizing Language in the HIV Field
    • Advancing Evidence Based Prevention Approaches Using Innovative & Emerging Technologies
    • HRSA Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic
    • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA): The Fundamentals

October 20th

  • Noon – 1:00 pm:
    • Let’s Expand and Improve Telehealth: A Dialogue With You
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm:
    • PACHA: Addressing Stigma and Disparities
    • How Do We Build #stigma-free Systems of HIV Care?
    • Long-Acting Antiretroviral Injectables and Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies Messaging/Considerations for Women and POC
    • Trauma-informed Medications for Opiate-Use Disorder (Ti-MOUD): A New Relational Approach
    • TRANSforming HIV Research: Systemic Change to Advance Transgender Inclusion
    • HIV Education, Prevention, and Treatment in Indian Country
    • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Formula Modernization: Updates from the Fourth Year of Implementation
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm:
    • AHEAD: Dashboard for Ending the HIV Epidemic Plan for America
    • Using Lessons Learned in THRIVE to Guide Success in EHE
    • Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States Through Community Engagement: The Impact of the Stories We Tell
    • The Impact of NIH HIV/AIDS Research and Discovery – Follow on Conversations from AIDS 2020

October 21st

  • Noon – 1:00 pm:
    • The Impact of COVID-19 on NIH HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks Research
    • From Zero To Zoom: Notes From The Field On Telehealth Services
    • HIV Education, Prevention, and Treatment in Indian Country
    • PrEP Uptake among MSM and Transgender Persons – Project PrIDE
    • NIH Stakeholder Engagement in the Era of COVID-19 and Social Justice Movements – Priorities for FY2021

October 22nd

  • 11:00 am on:
    • Hepatitis Virtual Collaborative: During this partial-day, post-conference event hosted by NASTAD and The AIDS Institute, OIDP staff will present.