Thursday, June 17th 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
While implementing physical distancing is an essential step in reducing transmission of a deadly virus, it disproportionately affects older adults and immune-compromised people. Being cut off from traditional in-person activities over a long period of time has been particularly jarring for isolated people. It’s particularly challenging for people without the financial resources or technological knowledge to connect online. Our session will explore various cohorts we worked with, present lessons learned, and provide recommendations for reducing barriers for engaging people living with HIV/AIDS, especially long term survivors in a peer-based, virtual platform.
- Identify concerns expressed by people living with HIV/AIDS as it relates to Covid-19.
- Describe potential stumbling blocks when replicating a culturally-relevant virtual peer support program.
- Analyze key handouts like ground rules, evaluations, participant comments, etc to assist with a quick launch.
Our Bold Voices
Paul Iarrobino is a community activist, speaker, and documentarian with over three decades of gerontology experience. He developed virtual social support groups for older adults to safely connect and support each other during the pandemic. Most recently, he led a grant-funded initiative that helped