Institute on HIV and Employment for USCA 2015
The Institute on HIV and Employment for USCA 2015 in Washington, DC on September 9, 2015: Registration and Sponsorship Information

The National Working Positive Coalition has been invited by NMAC to plan and present a full-day, pre-conference Institute on HIV and Employment for the 2015 U.S. Conference on AIDS on September 9 in Washington, DC. The Institute will take place in the Equality Forum of the Human Rights Campaign from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (registration and light breakfast at 8:30 a.m.).

To register for the Institute on HIV and Employment, click here.

For information about Sponsorship Packages, click here.

The Institute on HIV and Employment represents an extraordinary opportunity for HIV, vocational rehabilitation and workforce development service providers, policymakers, researchers, employers and advocates to explore:

  1. the role employment and employment services can play in enhancing health outcomes and quality of life for people living with HIV;
  2. the tangible intersection between income insecurity, lack of employment and HIV as a focus for addressing the prevention needs of people at greater risk for HIV;
  3. how communities can reduce health disparities by building an integrated service system which better assesses and addresses the vocational rehabilitation and employment service needs of people living with or at greater risk for HIV; and
  4. how to develop linkages, cross-training, coordination of resources and strengthen collaborations across service systems that will last beyond the Institute.

Panels will be presented on:

  • 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 & Prevention

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
  • Chad Griffin – President, 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 – Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, Department Of Justice; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
  • 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
  • Darrell Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW – Vice Provost for Public Engagement and Dean of Social Welfare, University at Albany - SUNY; President, Board of Directors, National Association of Social Workers
  • 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


Sponsors and partners joining with NWPC for the Institute include (list in formation): NMAC; the White House Office of National AIDS Policy; the USCA 2015 DC Local Host Committee; Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies; AIDS Foundation of Chicago, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance; Levi Strauss & Co.; Janssen Therapeutics; the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration; the Human Rights Campaign; 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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