There are so many HIV-related conferences, meetings and summits all year -- and the cost of registration and travel can be so steep -- that it's impossible for anyone to attend them all. If you haven't had many opportunities to attend HIV-related conferences, you might wonder just what happens at these gatherings.
Four women in our community wrote about their experiences at various conferences over the past year: a peer educator who attended a conference within her own city and community; a longtime treatment activist observing an overseas research meeting from the comfort of home; a health care provider who shares a panelist's view; and an advocate who'd planned the summit she also attended. Read on for a taste of what went on at a few of 2011's HIV conferences.
Latinas Construyendo Liderazgo: Strengthening Latina Community Awareness of HIV/AIDS
By Lillibeth Gonzalez
"Latina leadership means bringing the Latina community together so they can strengthen the message on HIV prevention, empower themselves with information to deliver to their communities, get involved to help prevent HIV or provide services to those in need."
"Tools for Survival: Staying Relevant and Viable" -- Sharing Resources at USCA 2011
By Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.
"Panelists worked hard to address such themes as integrated care models, diversified funding, strategic and sustainable partnerships, accountability, adaptability, mentality of leadership and solution-building to a smaller-than-I-would-have-liked audience. This is a topic that needs to fill ballrooms to overflowing as creative solutions are crucial in this changing economic time."
Notes From a Summit Organizer: Positive Women's Advocacy Grows in Baton Rouge
By Sharon DeCuir
"These types of gatherings are important because they rejuvenate the soul, and at the same time give participants a chance to learn from others a new way of doing something -- or even provide them with more direction to move something forward in their own communities."
Treatment Forum: Some Promising New Therapies NAPWA Wants Us to Know About
By Jeannie Wraight
"In this day and age, it's often possible to observe a conference from afar on a computer screen through online abstracts, slides and even videos of many of the presentations. This forum ... took place in Rome, Italy, but the organizers provided ample information for people like me who were following the conference from offsite."
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