USCA 2013: Symposium on HIV/AIDS & Employment
Symposium on HIV/AIDS and Employment
Maximizing Existing Systems of Resources as a
Social Determinants of Health Intervention
Presented by the National Working Positive Coalition, the CHANGE Coalition & the National Minority AIDS Council
Monday, September 9, 2013, 8:30am – 4:00pm
U.S. Conference on AIDS, Hyatt Regency New Orleans
NOTE: USCA conference registration is encouraged, but not required to participate in the Symposium. There is no cost to attend the Symposium.
Reserve a space to participate in the Symposium on HIV/AIDS and Employment, to:
- Join others working to reduce the impact of unemployment and poverty on people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and communities
- Learn about existing resources that can be maximized to benefit people living with HIV/AIDS considering work
- Contribute to network-building and strategy development for the creation of HIV/AIDS Employment Task Forces at the local, state and national level
This Symposium will center on employment (status, rate and service needs) as a key Social Determinant of Health (SDH) of people living with HIV/AIDS, with an exploration of potential local (New Orleans, Baton Rouge), state (Louisiana) and national level models of synergistic cross-sector coordination of services to reduce health disparities and improve individual and public HIV/AIDS health outcomes.
A primary goal of the Symposium is to create robust networking across disciplines and service systems to improve the economic and personal wellbeing of people living with HIV/AIDS. Key stakeholders invited to participate include HIV/AIDS health and social support service providers, vocational rehabilitation and workforce development professionals, benefits specialists, researchers, policy makers, employers, advocates and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Discussion will focus on integration of employment in the HIV/AIDS continuum of care and prevention in the context of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Definition of stakeholder roles and the creation of local, state and national partnerships will be proposed, to increase access to job training, education and employment services and opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS.
The morning and afternoon sessions of the Symposium will illuminate the strategic roles that employment services play addressing critical needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly those with disproportionate experience of poverty, unemployment and underemployment, such as young MSM, people of color, homeless or unstably housed individuals, transgender women of color, people with disabilities, survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, people with criminal records, and members of immigrant, refugee and migrant groups. Effective practices, resources and research findings will be highlighted through interactive discussion among panelists and Symposium attendees.
Join us for comments from and discussion with:
- D’Juana Adams, Community Work Incentives Coordinator, Advocacy Center – New Orleans, LA
- Dorian Alexander, Intern, Coalition of HIV/AIDS Nonprofits & Governmental Entities – New Orleans, LA
- Brett Andrews, Executive Director, Positive Resource Center – San Francisco, CA
- Nadia Bello, Manager, Employment Services, AIDS Committee of Toronto – Toronto, ON
- Brandi Bowen, Program Director, New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council – New Orleans, LA
- Gina Brown, Regional Organizer, AIDS United – New Orleans, LA
- Liza Conyers, Associate Professor, Penn State University – State College, PA
- Thomas Cotton, New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council – New Orleans, LA
- Deon Haywood, Executive Director, Women with a Vision – New Orleans, LA
- Vanessa Johnson, Co-Director, Ribbon Consulting Group – Washington, DC
- Naina Khanna, Executive Director, Positive Women’s Network-USA – Oakland, CA
- Joanne Lim-Pousard, Senior Manager, Employee HIV/AIDS Program, Levi Strauss & Co. – San Francisco, CA
- Mark Martin, Director, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services – Baton Rouge, LA
- Mark Misrok, President, Board of Directors, National Working Positive Coalition – Queens, NY
- Bryan Moore, Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission, Office of Workforce Development – Baton Rouge, LA
- Dylan Orr, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy – Washington, DC
- Tabitha Pederson, Training and Community Development Manager, Employment Program, Chicago House – Chicago, IL
- Joe Ramirez-Forcier, Program Director, Employment Services, Positive Resource Center – San Francisco, CA
- Georgette Wallace, DEI State Lead, Disability Employment Initiative, Louisiana Workforce Commission – Baton Rouge
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HIV and Employment Highlighted at National Rehabilitation Association Conference
Dr. Liza Conyers and Mark Misrok of NWPC, together with Dylan Orr from the Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, presented on HIV/AIDS and employment at the 2013 Annual National Rehabilitation Association Training Conference on August 20. Presentations from the workshop, titled, "Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Integrated in HIV/AIDS Health Care and Prevention: Targeted Community-Based, Federal and Research Initiatives," can be viewed here:
- Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Integrated in HIV/AIDS Health Care and Prevention
- Review of Key Research Related to the Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
- Cross-Sector Service Coordination Strategies: Key to Improving Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes of Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS
Alliance Agreement with Dept. of Labor and NWPC
An Alliance Agreement between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the National Working Positive Coalition for People Living with HIV/AIDS, signed on Monday, June 17, 2013, was highlighted in the weekly DOL News Brief.
“An alliance between the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the National Working Positive Coalition will focus on helping people living with HIV/AIDS. The alliance will emphasize reducing stigma and discrimination, cultivating training and employment opportunities, and improving financial well-being. On June 17, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez and NWPC President Mark Misrok signed a formal alliance agreement, continuing a collaboration that began two years ago. The organizations joined forces in 2011, during planning for the first-ever HIV/AIDS Employment Roundtable, which ODEP convened. ‘NWPC is a wonderful partner. I am so pleased that we are formalizing our relationship to expand the great work we have already begun,’ said Martinez.”
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