Checkout the Structural Intervention Pathway!

As the current Presidential administration has focused policies to cut vital health care and social services, structural interventions continue to play an increasingly vital role in impacting prevention and treatment outcomes, while being cost-effective in savings to the health care system and public health.
The 2017 Structural Intervention Pathway for USCA focuses on building an even stronger case for supporting structural interventions of housing, employment, food and nutrition services, and criminal justice reform as vital and robust interventions to improving both health and social disparities. Join members of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership’s (FAPP) Structural Interventions Workgroup for critical, interactive discussions focusing on “policy, practice, and research” across structural interventions. Speakers will focus on unique policy challenges/opportunities within each area in the current political context, present data and speak to the power of structural interventions to radically shift the tide against HIV and other social determinants, particularly among vulnerable communities of color.

HIV Housing: Policy and Practice Impact on Ending HIV

Thursday, September 7 at 2:45 PM
LeDroit Park, Meeting Level 3
This workshop will explore housing’s role as a structural intervention in ending the HIV epidemic in the United States and current policy changes. Panelists will focus on what the research tells us of housing’s causal relationship to improving health outcomes, how housing can be integrated into plans to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how factors such as race and poverty play a role in how resources are allocated and therefore must be strategically addressed in any community strategy. This session will also explore the recently passed legislation modernizing the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) formula with increased funding to ensure that current program participants maintain housing, and the policy’s implications for housing providers to adjust their service delivery system to meet this new reality. Speakers will additionally share inclusive community planning strategies that takes into account racial and economic disparities to expand access to housing.
Dr. Russel Bennett, National AIDS Housing Coalition
Opal Jones, Doorways
Sergio Farfan,National AIDS Housing Coalition
Dr. David Holtgrave, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health
Christine Campbell, National AIDS Housing Coalition

The Missing Rx: Access to Employment Information, Services, and Resources

Friday, September 8 at 9:00 AM
LeDroit Park, Meeting Level 3
What if communities most impacted by HIV received improved access to employment opportunities? Racial and other inequities associated with HIV health disparities are paralleled by those related to employment and economic opportunity. Initiatives implemented in a handful of states and communities are strengthening responses to employment needs of PLHIV, and those placed at greater risk for HIV and other health conditions. Disparities targeted by these initiatives include those related to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities and chronic health conditions, criminal justice, age, national origin and poverty. In this session, community leaders, service providers, researchers, educators, policymakers and advocates will explore employment-related needs, barriers and effective service strategies to complement interventions across the HIV continuum of care and prevention.
Brett Andrews, Positive Resource Center
Barb Cardell, Positive Women’s Network and Colorado Mod Squad, U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus
Paul Datti, University of Scranton
Katte Harrington-Rosen, Chicago House
Ken Hergenrather, George Washington University
Mark Misrok, National Working Positive Coalition
Kiara St. James, New York Transgender Advocacy Group
April Watkins, GMHC

Food is Medicine for People with HIV: Addressing Nutrition Needs Leads to Health and Savings

Friday, September 8 at 2:00 PM
LeDroit Park, Meeting Level 3
This workshop will discuss research on the efficacy of food and nutrition services (FNS) for PLHIV, practice issues with a specific focus on the impact of race, and opportunities in policy to encourage provision of this life-saving service. Research on FNS for PLHIV will begin the workshop, including a recently published study from San Francisco and other studies in progress. Using experiential case studies of leading FNS agencies, the panel will focus on the impact of race as it intertwines with other trends in the epidemic and how practice has evolved in the current environment. An analysis of the Ryan White FNS Program, the most robust FNS program in the country for people living with severe illness, will then be used to model how this relatively inexpensive benefit could be incorporated into our nationwide health care delivery system to capitalize on the results evident in the outcomes of the research presented.
Karen Pearl, God’s Love We Deliver
Mark Ryle, Project Open Hand
Matt Pieper, Open Hand Atlanta
Daniel Driffin, Thrive SS and Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS

Addressing the Overrepresentation of PLWHIV/HCV in the Criminal Legal System

Friday, September 8 at 4:15 PM
LeDroit Park, Meeting Level 3
Addressing overrepresentation of PLHIV and HCV in the criminal legal system requires elimination of HIV- and HCV-specific criminal laws and other reforms to address systemic barriers to housing, healthcare, and employment. Many states criminalize HIV/HCV exposure, non-disclosure, or transmission, as well as sex work and possession of sterile syringes. These laws perpetuate stigma, undercut public health, and disproportionately affect women, sex workers, people of color, and immigrants. At the same time, LGBTQ people and PLHIV and HCV, particularly people of color, experience discrimination in housing, employment, health care, and education, resulting in poverty, homelessness, and reliance on sex work to survive. Once incarcerated, PLHIV and HCV face violence, discrimination, inadequate health services, and frequent segregation or solitary confinement. Reentry also presents significant challenges related to housing, employment, and healthcare. This workshop will discuss past, current, and planned policy and advocacy efforts to address these intersecting forms of oppression.
Elizabeth Paukstis, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
Meghan Maury, National LGBTQ Task Force
Kate Boulton, Center for HIV Law and Policy
Scott Schoettes, Lambda Legal

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