Institute on HIV and Employment for USCA 2015

Join us!

The National Working Positive Coalition is presenting a free full-day Institute on HIV & Employment on Wednesday, September 9, preceding the U.S. Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC.

We have an exciting group of speakers, panelists and moderators confirmed to discuss a range of key topics. Check out the details here.

Addressing employment and economic security needs of people living with or at greater risk for HIV is among the priorities defined to achieve its goals in the newly-released National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020. At the Institute, learn about and share strategies and resources to increase employment opportunities and strengthen HIV care and prevention services, policy and outcomes.

Institute on HIV & Employment
A Free Pre-Conference Event of USCA 2015
Presented by
the National Working Positive Coalition

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(registration/light breakfast at 8:30 a.m.)
Human Rights Campaign, Equality Forum
1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

CRC continuing education credits for the Institute have been pre-approved by CRCC (approval pending for CME and CE credits).


Panels topics will include:

  • Employment and HIV Health and Prevention Outcomes – Research Findings
  • HIV, Employment and Key Populations
  • HIV, Employment and Mental Health
  • HIV Employment Service Models
  • HIV, Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Development
  • HIV and the Workplace
  • Employment and HIV Care and Prevention

To attend, register here. For info about Sponsorship, go here.

Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided. Registration for USCA is not required to attend the Institute on HIV and Employment.

NWPC is grateful to NMAC, host of USCA, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and the Institute Sponsors who make this event possible:

Human Rights Campaign
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
Broadway CARES/Equity Fights AIDS
AIDS Foundation of Chicago, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
Finlay Consulting Services
Ford Foundation
Janssen Therapeutics
Levi Strauss & Co.
Walgreens


Confirmed speakers, panelists and moderators include:

  • Brett Andrews, MA – Executive Director, Positive Resource Center
  • Douglas Brooks, MSW – Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy
  • Deborah A. Carroll, JD – Director, DC Department of Employment Services
  • Cecilia Chung – Senior Strategist, Transgender Law Center; Health Commissioner, SF Department of Public Health; Co-Chair, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+); President, US PLHIV Caucus
  • Liza Conyers, PhD, CRC – Associate Professor of Education (Rehabilitation and Human Services), Penn State University; Co-Founding Board Member and Chair, Research Working Group, National Working Positive Coalition
  • Ruby Corado – Executive Director, Casa Ruby
  • Sandy DeRobertis, JD, MSILR – Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education
  • Reggie Dunbar II – CEO, POZ VETS USA INTL.; Member, Metropolitan Atlanta HIV Health Services Planning Council
  • Ken Hergenrather, PhD – Professor of Counseling, George Washington University, Board Member, National Working Positive Coalition
  • Kenyon Farrow, MA – US and Global Policy Director, Treatment Action Group, Washington, DC
  • Marshall Forstein, MD – Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Noel Gordon – Foundation Project Manager, Human Rights Campaign
  • Patrick Holzfaster – District Manager, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Vanessa Johnson, JD – Co-Owner, Ribbon Consulting Group; National Training & Leadership Director, Positive Women’s Network-USA; Board Member, National Working Positive Coalition; Founding Board Member, US PLHIV Caucus; Member, Washington, DC Local Host Committee, US Conference on AIDS
  • Naina Khanna – Executive Director, Positive Women’s Network-USA; Steering Committee Member, US PLHIV Caucus, Board Member, AIDS United
  • Joanne Lim-Pousard – Senior Manager, HIV/AIDS Program, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Esther Lok, MS Ed, MPA – Interim Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
  • Suraj Madoori, MA – Manager, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • David Martin, PhD, ABPP – Senior Director, Office on AIDS, American Psychological Association
  • Mark Misrok, MS Ed, CRC – President, Board of Directors, National Working Positive Coalition
  • Allison Nichol, JD – Special Counsel for Disability, Office of the Associate Attorney General, Department Of Justice (transitioning out of DOJ); Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Andrew Reese, JD, LCSW – Deputy Director, DC Department on Disability Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration
  • Leo Rennie, MPA – Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, American Psychological Association (Policy); Co-Chair, Washington, DC Local Host Committee, US Conference on AIDS
  • Ilze Ruditis, MSW, ACSW – CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service Division of Service and Systems Improvement, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Lamont Scales, MA, NCC – Public Health Analyst-Coordinator for Gay, Bisexual, and Other MSM Activities, Office of Health Equity, Office of the Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Evelyn Tomaszewski, MSW, ACSW – Senior Policy Advisor, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • April Watkins, MPA – Assistant Director of Workforce Development, GMHC
  • Kim Williams, PhD – Prevention Research Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Stephen Wooderson, MS – CEO, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation

Thank you to our esteemed Institute Partners joining with NWPC for this event: the USCA 2015 DC Local Host Committee; the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration; Positive Women's Network-USA; U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus; Global Network of People Living with HIV – North America (GNP+NA); Transgender Law Center; American Psychological Association; American Psychiatric Association; National Association of Social Workers; Ribbon Consulting Group; POZ VETS USA INTL; National Business and Disability Council; DC Metro Business Leadership Network.

About NWPC...

The National Working Positive Coalition is a coalition of individuals living with HIV, service providers, researchers, and advocates who are committed to improving the financial and personal wellbeing of individuals living with HIV and AIDS. To achieve this goal we (a) promote research to better understand the financial needs and complex challenges facing individuals with HIV; (b) promote the development and evaluation of effective practices in employment services and (c) advocate for work options and access to financial resources that are most consistent with the personal and health needs of individuals living with HIV. READ MORE

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