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National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Conference


When: April 9, 2016
Where: Baystate Health’s Chestnut Center
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01107

Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Conference a success! Check out our Facebook page for photos.

The conference is for everyone who cares about women and girls and HIV/AIDS; all are welcome. Participants do not need to be HIV positive or at risk for infection to attend, and no one will ask anyone to disclose their status.

This conference is most appropriate for people high school-age and older, but mature middle school youth will not be turned away.

Schedule for the 2015 Event:

9:00-9:30 Check-in, Continental Breakfast
9:30-9:45 Introduction and Welcome
9:45-10:45 Opening Panel: Perspectives on Hope, Updates on HIV/AIDS and Means of Support

11:00-11:45 Morning Break-out Sessions
Addressing the Way We Think, Feel and Act (Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Address
HIV/AIDS Issues- Dr. Eunice Aviles, Doctor in Clinical Psychology
Barriers to Care- Karina Danvers
All Oceans are Connected: Bearing Witness to the Pandemic- Martha Lang, PhD

11:45-12:45 Lunch ‘N’ Learn – Networking, Information tables
12:45-1:45 Keynote Speakers: Shawn Decker & Gwenn Barringer: A Boy. A Girl. A Virus.
And the Relationship That Happened Anyway.

2:00-2:45 Afternoon Break-out Sessions
Radical Self-Care- Katherine Golub
Dad’s Jumbalaya: A Daughter and Advocate’s Story- Stickii Quest
HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection- Frances Santiago, RN

2:45-3:00 Closing and Conference evaluations

Goals and objectives of the conference:

To inform participants about the psychosocial aspects of living with HIV/AIDS

By the end of this conference, participants will:
• Understand how gender is related to HIV/AIDS
• Have an increased awareness of issues about stigma testing, disclosure, mental health, social support, and other relevant issues
• Have improved attitudes about people living with HIV/AIDS

To empower women and girls to make healthy decisions and achieve their best possible quality of life while living with HIV/AIDS

By the end of this conference, participants will:
• Intend to make healthy decisions for themselves
• Be motivated to be compassionate toward people living with HIV/AIDS
• Be able to identify relationship-based resources to address HIV/AIDS
• Be able to identify informational sources about HIV/AIDS

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