Below is the official 2019 USCA conference agenda. 

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Main Agenda

Wednesday, September 4

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Pre-USCA Institutes

Black Women and HIV (convened by the Black Women’s Health Imperative)
Gathering of the 57 Jurisdictions to Discuss the ETE Plan (convened by NMAC)
Faith Pre-Conference (convened by the USCA Faith Coalition)
Gay Men of Color Fellowship Training (convened by NMAC)
Ending the HIV Epidemic in Indian Country (convened by the Indian Health Service and the National Indian Health Board)
Policy and Advocacy Forum (convened by NMAC)
4:00 pm – 7:00 pmRegistration

Thursday, September 5

7:30 am – 5:00 pmRegistration
8:00 am - 11:00 amInstitutes

Intersections - Where Sex, HIV and Faith Meet in Black Communities
Leveling Up: An Intentional Conversation About Power, Privilege, and Accountability
Ending the Epidemic: Our Time for Our Solution
Healthy Aging with HIV: Tips on Managing, Surviving and Thriving
AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families
Housing as an End to HIV
Ho’ōla Lāhui: Supporting Healthy Nations and Healthy Communities
Successful Southern Housing for PLWH
American Indian and Alaska Native Institute
Behind Closed Doors: Understanding the Culture of Sex in Church
Latinx Institute/ Taller Latinx
Krazy Poor Asian Gone Wild: Engaging the Asian Community and New Leaders
Reaching Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men of Color on the Margins
10:00 am – 5:00 pmExhibit Hall Open (closed during plenary sessions)
11:30 am – 1:30 pmOpening Plenary (lunch provided)

Making it Real: The Federal Plan to End the Epidemic
Tony Reiss, Opening Prayer/Dance
Joy Reid, Moderator
Anthony S. Fauci, Speaker
Robert S. Redfield, Speaker
George Sigounas, Speaker
Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee, Speaker

Ending the HIV epidemic is truly a big, audacious goal. To reach this ambitious goal, the movement needs a clear plan, measurable goals and evaluation tools that community can implement. As we approach the roll-out of the federal plan to end the HIV epidemic in America, it is important that we hear from our Federal leaders on plans for implementation. Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Indian Health Service will be joined by a panel of community members to discuss the best ways to reach impacted populations and ensure a continuum of care.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pmSession 1 Workshops

Fostering Cross-Generational Collaboration in HIV Advocacy
Sacred Collaborations: A Comprehensive Look at Interfaith HIV Partnerships
Breaking Down Barriers to Care: Expanding Hepatitis Treatment Access
Master Series: Dr. Cheever
What to Do When “Ending the HIV Epidemic” Comes to Town?
Leading with Race Cards Deck: Starting the Conversation
Co-Morbidities and Aging Related Health Challenges While Living with HIV
Strategies for Increasing PrEP Uptake Among Black MSM
The Future is Female: WoC Leadership in the HIV Movement
PrEP and SSP Strategies to End HIV: Successes and Challenges
Voices Heard: HOPWA Safe House or House of Pain?
Ask a Clinical Provider - Updates on HIV Health & Wellness
Healthy Native Youth
Pregúntele a un clínico - Actualizaciones sobre salud y bienstar en torno al VIH
Casa Ruby featuring Ruby Corado

4:15 pm – 6:15 pmSession 2 Workshops

Breaking the Divide Among the Faith Community, LGBTQ, and Persons Living with HIV
PrEP Cascade Community Best Practices
Expanding Employment Opportunity for Communities Most Impacted by HIV
Transgender Leadership in Theory and Practice
Supporting Linkage, Retention, and Rapid Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to End the Epidemic
Be You. Be HIV Free. A PrEP Campaign for Youth
Using What You Have: Leveraging Existing Public Health Programs to Address Hepatitis
HIV Drug Pricing in the Age of Healthcare Cost Containment
Giving Attitude-HIV Care in a Culture of Intersecting Stigmas
Drivers of Sexual Health Knowledge for Two- Spirit and/or gbM2M
Women, Substance Use and Trauma…. Developing a Trauma-Informed Perspective for Health
Lessons Learned from Washington, D.C.’s PrEP for Women Initiative
More Than Tested, Empowered
A Call to Action –EtE Among Black Gay/Bisexual Men
HIV and Aging - Housing Considerations

6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Affinity Session
6:30 pm - 8:30 pmWelcome Reception

Friday, September 6

8:30 am – 5:00 pmRegistration
9:00 am - 11:00 amSession 3 Workshops

HealthySexual – Tools for Honest Conversations About Sexual Risk (Presented by Gilead Sciences)
Time to C.H.A.T. Event for ASO Professionals/ Case Manager
Puzzled: The Missing Pieces to ending the Epidemic among TGNC!
How do we DIAGNOSE HIV as soon as possible?
Indigenous Peoples, Historical Trauma, & Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections/HIV
Overcoming Housing Obstacles: Owning Property and Prioritizing Housing for PLWH
PEP - Pushed Under the Rug?
Strategies for Integrating HIV Prevention into Non-traditional Settings for Adolescents
Integrated Harm Reduction Programming: Syringe Service Programs & HIV/HCV Testing
America’s Affordable Housing Crisis & the Impact on HIV/AIDS
Meeting at the Intersection: Black Gay Men & Black Transwomen
Hepatitis Elimination in the Era of Ending the Epidemic
You CAN Sit With Us: Building an ETE Plan
Honoring the Healing Power of Our Stories’ – The Reunion Project
Survivors Gifts: Thriving & Supporting Wellness, Resilience & Emotional Health
The Role of Black Gay Men in the Ending the Epidemic Plan, Our Seats at the Tables, What You Need to Know.
Women's Institute: Building a Women's Culture of Wellness: From Trauma to Resiliency
Keeping Up with the Cure: Taking Care to Include Women
Usted PUEDE sentarse con Nosotros: Desarrollo de un plan para acabar con la epidemia

10:00 am – 5:00 pmExhibit Hall Open (closed during plenary sessions)
11:30 am – 1:30 pmPlenary Session (lunch provided)

What We Live For: Celebrating the Power of the Community to Educate, Motivate, and Inspire Change
Presented by Gilead Sciences

Gilead Sciences

United by passion and driven by a common purpose, the HIV community has achieved stunning progress toward developing the tools needed to make it possible to truly envision an end to the HIV epidemic. But even as we celebrate the strides that have been made, it is necessary to acknowledge that there is still much that needs to be done to make that vision a reality. Ending HIV will require that we all continue to work together to empower individuals and strengthen communities to reduce disparities, eliminate stigma, and educate patients and providers so that all of those impacted by HIV have access to the care that they need.

Please join us for a plenary presentation that celebrates the strength of the community response in the face of HIV and raises our collective voices to reflect on how we can continue to accelerate progress toward ending the epidemic.
1:30 pm – 2:00 pmPoster Presentations
2:00 pm – 4:00 pmSession 4 Workshops

Using Media to Amplify Your Mission: Learn from GLAAD on How to Pitch Your Own Narrative (Presented by Gilead Sciences)
HIV/AIDS and Trauma - Informed Congregations
Unpacking the U=U Basics: The Message and the Movement
Implementation Research and the Role of NIH’s Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) in the Federal Plan to End the HIV Epidemic
Addressing the Needs of the HIV 50+ to End the HIV Epidemic in 2030. Get Your “Advocate” on
Connect the Risk Dots…. STI, IPV, Trauma and HIV Outcomes
Making TIC Come to Life - Creating Organizational Cultural Changes
Peer-Support: Adapting an EBI to Achieve Viral Load Suppression Among LYLWH
Everyday Discrimination and HIV Risk Perceptions Among Black Women
Partnering for Public Health Response to End the HIV Epidemic
The Start of a START Program, Two Years of Data
SSP Program Fidelity: Developing Standards and Best Practices for SSPs
Synching Activism, Advocacy, & Organizing Through HIV Criminalization Modernization
Scared or Scarred: BLACK TransMen Only
The ABCs of Hepatitis
Celebrating Our Magic Toolkit
HIV Testing to Gay and Bisexual Males on College Campuses
Investigación de implementación y el papel de los Centros para la Investigación del SIDA (CFAR) del Instituto Nacional de Alergias y Enfermedades Infecciosas (NIAD) en el plan federal para acabar con la epidemia de VIH
Understanding Stigma through the Experiences of Participants in an HIV Leadership Program
Youth Institute: Get the Gig Bootcamp: Youth Professional Toolkit Clinic

4:15 pm – 6:15 pmSession 5 Workshops

Ending the HIV Epidemic - a Community Based Approach (Presented by Gilead Sciences)
Positively Fearless (Presented by Janssen Therapeutics)
A Conversation with Cecilia
Master Series: Mykki Blanco Discussion
Breastfeeding and HIV in the Era of U=U: Research, Policy, and Lived Experiences
NIH Priorities for HIV and HIV-Related Research
Coordinated Care and Partnership: Combating the Opioid Epidemic in Chicago
Corrections Partnerships: Criminal Justice System Re-entry
Empowering Queer Youth of Color in Managing Their HIV Care
Trauma-Informed Care Enhances Client Experience and Expands Staff Support
Ending the Epidemic: The Role of HRSA Programs and Funding
The Conversation: Engaging Transmen into HIV Prevention Practices and Care
HIV Advocacy at Home: Building Power in the States
Penalizing Blackness: Anti-Black Racism in HIV and LGBTQ+ Organizations
Viva PrEP: A Community-Driven PrEP Campaign for the Latinx Community
Unpacking “MSM”: How Evolving Language will Help End the Epidemic
Social Security Disability Benefits, Work and Aging
Viva PrEP: Una campaña sobre profilaxis preexposición dirigida por y para la Comunidad Latinx
Exposé: Scandals in Sacred Settings

6:30 pm – 7:30 pmAffinity Session

Saturday, September 7

9:00 am – 3:00 pmRegistration
9:00 am - 11:00 amSession 6 Workshops

The Power of Storytelling: Inspiring Change in Communities Impacted by HIV (Presented by Gilead Sciences)
Adapting an Evidence-Based Intervention for Transgender Women with HIV
Ethical Tensions in a Time of Trump and Pharma
Leveraging RWHAP-PartB/ADAP Funds and Services to Support Syringes Service Programs
HIV 50+ Minigrants
Federal HIV/AIDS Funding: What’s Happening, What’s Been Done, What’s Next?
Strategies for Addressing Attacks on HIV Healthcare
Moonlight Boys: Qualitative Research on the Queer Black Male Experience
CRI Purple-Removing the Bandages of Women Living with HIV
Cause Behind the Cause: Undoing Racism® to End the Epidemic
Exploring Southern Solutions: A Community- Centered Response to the Needs of the Deep South
U=U in Practice: Results from a Midwest HIV Provider Survey
Building on HRSA Programs’ Infrastructure Supporting Ending the HIV Epidemic
An HIV Treatment Guidelines Update
Sustaining Culture in a Time of Change and Challenges for Native Hawaiian and Native Alaska Communities
Exploración de soluciones en el Sur: Una respuesta centrada en la comunidad a las necesidades del sur país (Deep South)

10:00 am – 5:00 pmExhibit Hall Open (closed during plenary sessions)
11:30 am – 1:30 pmPlenary Session (lunch provided)

Celebrating U=U and its Critical Role in Ending the HIV Epidemic
This plenary session will celebrate the U=U movement and the amazing opportunity it presents to reduce stigma and motivate HIV testing and treatment uptake. It will also focus on the role PLWH play in furthering the U=U movement and demonstrate their commitment to working together to end the HIV epidemic.
1:30 pm – 2:00 pmPoster Presentations
2:00 pm – 4:00 pmSession 7 Workshops

Community Planning: How to Set Up and Manage Your Planning Bodies
Using Organizational Assessments to Enhance Southern Organizational and Leadership Capacity
HIV Cure Research and the Role of Community
Community Engagement and Involvement of People with HIV
PrEP Institutes: Community Engagement in Technical Assistance for PrEP Uptake
Building Multi-level Trauma-informed Care Capacity with Community-based Organizations
Voter Suppression Meets Viral Suppression
Prevention for Women Engaged in Modern Modalities of Sex Work
CBO Leaders’ Responses to Shifting Government HIV Prevention Mandates
Gentlemen Respecting & Interacting In Truth (G.R.I.T) Healthy Black Masculinity
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Uptake: Awareness and Navigation Among Priority Populations
Meeting Communities Where They Are: Condom Distribution Programs
HOPWA Formula Modernization: Updates from the Third Year of Implementation
Knowledge=Power: Demystifying Philanthropy for Trans Leaders
Implementing an End HIV Initiative
The New Digital Age: Using Technology to Expand Access to Healthcare
Black, Gay, and Depressed: A Conversation on Mental Health and Substance Use
Building Positive Relationships
Uso de profilazis preexpocisión (PrEP): Concientizacion y navegación entre las poblaciones prioritarias

4:15 pm – 6:15 pmSession 8 Workshops

Food Is Medicine: Addressing Racial Equity and Health through Innovative Nutrition Service
Community Event: Should Undetectable People Disclose Their Status?
Novel Urine PrEP Adherence Test Implemented by Houston/ DC Health Departments
Ain’t That Good News? Overcoming Religious Stigma in the South
Innovation through Implementation Science
Put Some “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” in HIV Prevention for Heterosexual Black Boys
Achieving Together: Texas’s Community Plan to End the HIV Epidemic
Clinic+: STD Services for the Community
Using Trauma-Informed Care to Reach, Revive, Restore HIV+ Youth & Transgender Women
PrEP in Paradise: Making PrEP Accessible on Geographically Isolated Islands
What Unity Looks Like for PLWHA
Inspirational Leadership for Latinx Employees in Management or Leadership Roles
Medicaid Waivers: Are We Out of the Woods Yet?
Pleasure vs. Survival: The Realities of Black Queer Men on Sex
Enfrentar el estigma desde adentro. Por qué los clientes no vuelven
6:30 pm – 7:30 pmAffinity Session

Sunday, September 8

9:00 am – 11:00 am Session 9 Workshops

All About Us: Women and Biomedical HIV Prevention
Health Care Rights and Discrimination in the Trump Era
Let’s Get Mobile, Navigators Without a Clinic
Connecting the Dots: Uprooting Social Determinants and HIV
What’s in a Story?
Combatting Stigmas for Persons Living and Aging with HIV
eMPowerment: The Success of Combination HIV Prevention and Treatment Strategies
Ending the HIV Epidemic Listening Session
How to Make #PrEP4All for Everyone
Implementing Innovative Approaches to Extragenital Testing
Decolonizing the Way We Lead: Dismantling White Supremacy Work Culture
U=U for Providers: How to Have the Conversation
Eliminating Barriers to Healthcare for the Trans Community
Creating a Psychosocial Infrastructure for Older Adults with HIV
Developing and Implementing PrEP Services in Native Communities
Sesión para escuchar: Cómo acabar con la epidemia de VIH
11:30 am – 1:30 pmPlenary Session (lunch provided)

Getting Your House in Order: Systematic Approaches to Addressing Foundational Issues to Ensure Success of Biomedical HIV Prevention Efforts
Biomedical HIV prevention is going to play a critical role in our collective efforts to end the HIV epidemic in America. As communities across the country prepare to either initiate or enhance their participation in the growing movement of U.S. jurisdictions that have committed to and formulated plans for ending their respective HIV epidemics, it is crucial that we share our resources, experiences, challenges, and best practices related to biomedical HIV prevention with each other. This plenary will address community mistrust of health systems, provide examples of successful multilevel/interdepartmental staff training, best practices in promoting self-care in human service organizations, and perspectives from community members during their journey to access and remain adherent to PrEP

Posters: September 6 and 7, 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Biomedical HIV Prevention

Let’s Stop HIV Together! A Model for Increasing PrEP Uptake
PrEP Use Among African American Women Residing In Texas

Ending the Epidemic

EtE: Building Healthcare Capacity through HIV Preceptorship Programs
Evaluation of Florida’s Statewide HIV Test and Treat Initiative
Using financial incentives to improve HIV outcomes in Louisiana

Gay Men

A culturally competent social media campaign targeting young Latino MSM
Analyzing Effectiveness of Socialization for Black Gay Men Health Awareness
At-home Chlamydia/Gonorrhea Screening and Remote Video Counseling among MSM Couples


From Pioneer to Mentor in 5 not so easy steps
Moving from Talk to Action: Developing New Leaders of Color
Self-Care in Social Justice & HIV Leadership

Opioid Epidemic

Kentucky Finding Cases (KyFC) Project; Finding new HIV cases=Early Diagnosis.
Learning Communities: A Model for Engaging SSP Stakeholders

PrEP for CBOs

PrEPin’ on a Budget: Providing PrEP with Limited Resources
The right and wrong turns of PrEP Navigation in Appalachia

Prioritizing People Living with HIV

Empowering Positive Health Practices Through Peer Advocacy
Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Older Adults Living with HIV
Using Social Network Strategy to Connect PLWH with Health Insurance

Public Policy

10yrs of routine HIV testing in two urban emergency centers
Stigma And Level Of Care Among Health Providers To PLHIV
The Equitable Access Project, An Intersectional Rural Approach

Transgender and Gender Non-Confirming

Two-Spirit: Subtle and at the same time radically different

Trauma-informed Care

Project Impact: Supporting the Re-entry Population
Shifting the Paradigm: Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ Community


Exploring the Use of PrEP in Black Women in Mississippi
Improving Cervical Cancer Screening Rates amongst Women Living with HIV/AIDS.
One Test. Two lives. Do pregnant women need HIV testing?


The Man Box: Engaging Young Men-of-Color for HIV/STD Prevention
Wellness Web: Using text messaging for linkage, engagement, and retention