Recommendations to Increase Employment Opportunities
for People Living with or at Greater Risk for HIV

Poverty, unemployment, and underemployment are key social and economic determinants of health, and critically influence outcomes across the HIV care continuum. The employment provisions of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 will require definition of measurable objectives and timelines established for Federal agency activities, to a) prevent unnecessary loss of employment, and (b) reduce poverty, unemployment and underemployment among people living with and at higher risk for HIV.

There is no single Federal agency that can alone be responsible for meeting the employment needs of people living with or at greater risk for HIV. Lead Federal agencies needed to coordinate and maximize resources to increase access to employment opportunities and vocational services for people living with or at higher risk for HIV include HHS (HRSA/HAB, CDC, SAMHSA, CMS), DoEd (Rehabilitation Services Administration), DOL (Employment and Training Administration, Office of Disability Employment Policy), and HUD (OHAH). Each is needed to explore its role and focus efforts contributing to implementing and achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020.


Institute on HIV and Employment for USCA 2015

An energized group of 90 participate in the full-day Institute on HIV & Employment presented in Washington, DC on Sept. 9, 2015 by the National Working Positive Coalition

An exciting group of speakers, panelists and moderators discussed a range of key topics at the Institute on HIV & Employment, convened by the National Working Positive Coalition as a pre-conference event of the 2015 U.S. Conference on AIDS. Hosted by the Human Rights Campaign in the HRC Equality Forum, 90 participants representing a wide spectrum of expertise energized the Institute. Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy provided opening comments, helping kick-off the meeting focused on understanding and addressing employment needs of people living with or at greater risk for HIV as key social and economic determinants important to achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020.

Click here to view the Institute agenda and speaker bios.

Click here to view photos from the event.

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

Panels topics included:

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

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

Thank you to our esteemed Institute Partners joining with NWPC for this event, including: 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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