2021 Workshop Submissions

HIV Prevention & Education Virtual Conference: Racial, and Social Inequities in Healthcare

Webinar Submission Guidelines

  • Webinars may be submitted beginning Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
  • The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 5:00 PM.
  • We will not accept webinars after the deadline.
  • Only completed submissions will be considered.
  • Submissions may either be presentations or panels.
  • All speakers and panelists must be contacted by the submitter and fully committed to being part of the Virtual Conference by the date of submission; all submissions must have all presenter information completed.
  • You will be notified in mid-April about the status of your submission.
  • Healthcare consumers including family and friends of people living with HIV, and anyone interested in learning more about HIV/AIDS.
  • Those working in the healthcare field such as medical doctors, medical case managers, social workers, prevention workers, street outreach workers, HIV testers, city employees, researchers, sexual health educators, as well as grassroots activists and advocates.
  • Those working in allied fields.
  • New and original methods around doing prevention and outreach in one or more targeted (i.e., If you are doing a new intervention and/or program that can be replicated)
  • Review of relevant research as it relates to your (i.e., If you are discussing research on PrEP, your webinar should include information on local and/or national research to put your topic into context)
  • Inclusion of relevant statistics around the population or topic that you are discussing
  • Presentations created by People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and webinars that amplify the voices of
  • Presentations that address how systems of oppression and structural racism impact healthcare access. These are the complex and intersecting social structures and economic systems that are responsible for most health inequities, and injustices. These social structures and economic systems include social environment (race, class, and gender), physical environment, health services, and structural and societal factors. We highly encourage you to examine and address how systems of oppression and structural racism impact the epidemic in your
  • A review of your organization’s services or part of its services.
  • A program that cannot be replicated.
  • Overly academic or scientific language.

Presenters may submit webinars for any of the following topics. However, submitted abstracts should incorporate the conference theme and how racial inequality impacts health outcomes or how it impacts your identified subject.

  1. Healthcare, Racial Justice & Public Policy: Racism permeates all systems in the United States. From the healthcare system to the justice system, we see evident inequalities in outcomes. This topic explicitly aims to discuss local and national policies that impact PLWH/A and identify how racism creates unequal health outcomes for Black and Brown citizens. We aim to unpack issues such as healthcare reform, restorative justice, medical marijuana, needle exchange and how these policies may have positive impacts for some, but not for every citizen.
  2. Research and Treatment: The latest research around treatment and prevention technologies including HIV cure research, vaccines, microbicides, PrEP and PEP, condoms, reducing risk behaviors, new interventions, and/or research advocacy. Webinars submitted to this track can also focus on research literacy, e.g., webinars on how to interpret data, key terms often used in research, and information about clinical trials.
  3. Women: How to reach HIV+ female identified individuals and connect them to care, prevention strategies for women at risk of HIV, coping strategies for women and their families, options for counseling and reproductive rights, violence or abuse and the connection to HIV, discussion around relationships, access to mental health services, new interventions for women, and advocacy or activism around women’s issues.
  4. Sex Work: The latest strategies on outreach to and services for male, female, or trans-identified sex workers, sensitivity training on understanding the lives and needs of sex workers, how to reach different populations of sex workers, interventions for sex workers, legal issues and the criminal justice system, trafficking, and activism around sex work.
  5. LGBTQI: Interventions, research, and unique approaches to reaching lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender nonconforming, queer or questioning and intersex individuals, innovative local services, understanding stigma, access to mental health services, services, and programs for LGBTQI youth, and epidemiology of LGBTQI populations.
  6. Youth Central: This track is specific to youth regarding public health and sex education. Webinars submitted under this topic should be appropriate and designed for youth in mind, with the goal of imparting vital health information to people aged 13-18.
  1. Youth Provider: This track is aimed at adults who are working with youth, 13-24. The goal is to develop strategies for talking about sexual health with youth, barriers to care for HIV+ youth, prevention with at-risk youth that are struggling with homelessness, aging out of foster care, have a history of abuse, trauma, behavioral and learning disabilities, and/or mental illness, and innovative interventions targeting youth.
  2. Behavioral Health: This track discusses the intersection of HIV and mental health. These webinars also provide training on different evidence-based approaches to doing mental healthcare programming for PLWHA. The webinars will also address practical concepts like harm reduction, de-escalation, burn-out prevention, using multimedia and other tools for models of mental health counseling, program planning, implementation, evaluation, and trauma informed-care.
  3. Substance Use and Addiction: This track will discuss the intersection of HIV and addiction, Injection Drug Use interventions, drug policies and the war on drugs, crack/cocaine and HIV, recovery models and HIV, harm reduction, supervised injection sites, meth and HIV, the opioid epidemic and the connection of drug use and mental health treatment.
  4. Hepatitis C: The intersection of Hep C and HIV co- infection, new treatments, innovative strategies for addressing both diseases, latest statistics on Hep C infections, and the impact of Hep C on people living with HIV.
  5. PrEP: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is an exciting new prevention tool. This track is devoted to exploring research around PrEP efficacy, PrEP programs that are taking place regionally, and understanding the successes, strategies, and challenges for those who are taking PrEP
  6. The Continuum of Care: This track is devoted to exploring strategies for testing, linking new and out of care individuals to medical care, getting PLWH on HAART, and helping those on meds to become virologically suppressed. Effective models and research for providing targeted testing, opt-out testing, testing by neighborhood, linking those tested to care for early treatment, digital literacy and navigating patient portals, and keeping HIV-positive individuals in care.
  7. HIV & Aging: Research on the aging process for those living with HIV, how to stay healthy as PLWH/A get older, chronic illnesses associated with aging that impact PLWH/A, and prevention models for older adults

Spotlight On

Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.


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