Recent Office on AIDS initiatives

A 1-day multidisciplinary conference designed to chart future directions for HIV/AIDS research, practice and policy

The Office on AIDS staff has been actively involved in developing and implementing this one-day multidisciplinary conference designed to chart future directions for HIV/AIDS research, practice, and policy in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Advancing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in Metropolitan Washington: Science-Practice Partnerships Conference

April 20, 2012
Howard University, Blackburn Auditorium
Washington, D.C.

The 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.

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:

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

  • identify and develop mechanisms for providers to communicate critical issues for HIV researchers to address; 

  • identify and develop mechanisms to assist providers to adopt best practices associated with the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention priorities established by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and CDC’s High Impact HIV Prevention approach; and 

  • develop research initiatives to create evidencebased prevention programs to prevent HIV transmission and to implement high-impact prevention.

The co-sponsors represent the D.C. Health Department, faith-based communities, academic institutions, and important community-based organizations representing at-risk and infected individuals.

The conference will include morning plenary sessions and afternoon breakout groups. Morning sessions, which will focus on how the adoption of the 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 CDC; and how syndemic issues in the District (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 (a) identifying those who are at highest risk and who are unaware of their HIV status; (b) identifying and testing those who are unaware of their HIV status; (c) getting those who test positive linked to and engaged in care; (d) getting those who test positive to adhere consistently to their treatment regimens and be retained in regular care over time; (e) providing evidence-based prevention counseling/interventions; and (f) handling cross-jurisdictional prevention and treatment issues in metropolitan Washington, D.C.