Advancing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in Metropolitan Washington: Science-Practice Partnerships to be held April 20, 2012

Advancing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in Metropolitan Washington: Science-Practice Partnerships is a one day multidisciplinary conference that will bring together the District of Columbia’s diverse community in a forum to address future directions for HIV/AIDS research, practice and policy in metropolitan Washington, D.C. This conference is sponsored by the American Psychological Association; the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health; Howard University; and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), NIH. It will be held on April 20, 2012 at Howard University’s Blackburn Auditorium, in Washington, D.C. HIV prevention and care providers, people living with HIV/AIDS, researchers, local and federal health officials, community-based and faith-based organizations, HIV advocates and others will come together to share their challenges and successes in HIV prevention and care, and set a path for future collaboration.

The goals of the conference are: 

  • To encourage and facilitate provider and research partnerships to identify, implement and support best practices in HIV/AIDS prevention and care initiatives and programs in metropolitan Washington. 

  • To identify and develop practical ways that providers can stay informed about HIV research relevant to their work. 

  • To establish, identify and develop mechanisms for providers to identify critical issues for HIV researchers to address. 

  • To identify and develop mechanisms to assist providers adopt best practices associated with the implementation of the HIV/AIDS prevention priorities established by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

The conference will include morning plenary sessions and afternoon breakout groups. Morning sessions will focus on how the adoption of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and high impact prevention strategies will impact the local prevention and treatment community; how the District of Columbia is responding to the new NHAS and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and how syndemic issues in the District of Columbia (such as poverty, mental health, sexual health, isolation, drug abuse, housing, environment, access to care, therapy, etc.) impact prevention and treatment efforts. Afternoon breakout sessions will address approaches to: 

  1. identifying those who are at highest risk who are unaware of their HIV status; 

  2. getting people who are at highest risk and unaware of their status tested for HIV; 

  3. getting people who test positive linked to and engaged in care; 

  4. getting people who test positive to consistently adhere to their treatment regimens over time and be retained in regular care over time; and 

  5. providing evidence-based prevention counseling interventions.

Cross-border prevention and treatment issues in the metropolitan D.C. area will also be addressed. Panels will respond to issues and concerns raised during the breakout sessions and a charge to participants for future action.