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Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Conference 2016

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When: Saturday June 4, 2016, 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Where: Baystate Health, Chestnut Conference Center, 759 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA

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.
WAGHAC Registration Form 2016

Schedule for the 2016 Event:

9:00-9:30 Check-in, Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:45 Introduction & Welcome

9:45-10:45 Key Note Speaker: A Women’s Journey Toward Wholeness
Helen Caulton-Harris, Director of Health and Human Services, City of Springfield

11:00-11:45 Morning Break-out Sessions
– Researching Alternative Treatment and Care Options-Margo Malachowski
– HIV Prevention Post Exposure, Discussion on PreP

11:45-12:45 Lunch ‘N’ Learn – Networking, Information tables

12:45-1:45 Rising Up to Pay It Forward: A Personal Story
Kim Wilson, Women’s Healthcare Coordinator, AIDS Action Committee

2:00-2:45 Afternoon Break-out Sessions
– Self-Care Techniques Through Mindfulness – Pierre Zimmerman, MS
– “Making the Dream Real in Swaziland”-Steve Kallauger, Young Heroes

Goals and objectives of the conference:

To inform participants about the psycho-social 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

DIRECTIONS

From the east:

Take Exit 6 off the Massachusetts Turnpike. Beyond the toll booth, turn left on to Route 291. Remain on 291 until it merges with Route 91 North. Follow the Northampton sign. Take Main Street, Exit 10 off Route 91 North. The hospital will be two blocks away directly in front of you. The Chestnut Surgery and Conference Center is to the right of the hospital as you face it from Chestnut Street.

From the west:

Take Exit 4 off the Massachusetts Turnpike. Pick up Route 91 South after the toll booth. Stay on Route 91 South and take Birnie Avenue, Exit 11, off Route 91. From the exit, follow the blue “H” signs to the hospital. The Chestnut Surgery and Conference Center is to the right of the hospital as you face it from Chestnut Street.

From the north:

Take Route 91 southbound, take Birnie Avenue, Exit 11. From the exit, follow the blue “H” signs to the hospital. The Chestnut Surgery and Conference Center is to the right of the hospital as you face it from Chestnut Street.

From the south:

From Route 91 northbound, take Main Street, Exit 10. The hospital will be directly in front of you, two blocks away as you go down the exit ramp. The Chestnut Surgery and Conference Center is to the right of the hospital as you face it from Chestnut Street.

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