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Call for Abstracts: The 8th Annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit

December 11, 2012

Iris House: a Center for Women Living with HIV, Inc., is now accepting Workshop Proposals and Poster Abstracts for our annual two day summit, Women as the Face of AIDS. Friday May 3, 2013 will focus primarily on providers and professionals working in AIDS Service Organizations, Community Based Organizations and Medical Facilities; Saturday, May 4, 2013 will focus on consumers, clients and community members.

The 2013 Summit's theme is "Moving Forward Together." There are so many new advances in prevention and treatment, but major issues still exist: services, funding here and around the world, discussions and rumors of a cure. How do we, as a community, unite together to address the illness, the contextual issues around living with HIV, and how do we ensure that we DO get to zero, that we continue to be our sister's keeper, and that the challenges of day to day living are addressed by each of us individually, and as part of a collective?

Workshop Presentations will showcase 45 minute presentations that will reflect one of the five conference tracks. We invite a wide range of presentation styles: lecture, Q&A, panel, hands-on participation, and hope to offer a diverse collection of topics inside each track.

Our five tracks for 2013 are:

  1. Policy and Advocacy
    How will our work be impacted by implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medical Health Homes and pending Ryan White Reauthorization? Presentations on either Federal or NYS/NJ/NYC local levels are encouraged. How do we eradicate HIV in a world where problems of poverty (homelessness, education, food insecurity) are daily realities? What updates on the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and progress by HRSA, CDC and other Federal agencies are important to share?
  2. Prevention
    The world is changing with the advent of PrEP, Home HIV Testing and High Impact Prevention approaches. How will these new options affect our work? What are the other tools of Prevention that are working, and what do we need to address new challenges?
  3. Care and Treatment
    Aging and Menopause, Nutrition, Mental Health and Substance Use all affect women living with HIV in ways that exceed their impact on the general population. What are the new trends we're seeing and how do we move forward addressing these and other issues such as the treatment cascade?
  4. Perceptions and Realities
    What's going on with media perceptions? Funding? Ongoing stigma and criminalization? How is the HIV Community, clients and case managers, organizations and researchers, seen and prioritized in the world?
  5. For Positive, By Positive
    Focusing on socialization, networking, dating, disclosure and other topics of interest to clients, presented to and/or by PLWHA and including personal stories, experiences, tips and hands-on approaches to some of the challenges we face.

As always, we are interested in topics that can also address needs and challenges of specific populations (Latino, LGB and Trans, Seniors, etc.) while discussing one of our track areas.

The Poster Presentation session will showcase a variety of effective programs and projects that are conducted by non-profit organizations that serve those who are infected or affected by HIV/ AIDS. Iris House also welcomes posters that feature student research on topics concerning HIV/AIDS and the community. Posters will be displayed around the venue throughout the day. Attendees will be directed to seek out poster authors throughout the day and will have an opportunity to speak with them at the Networking Hour. We encourage submissions that can be captured electronically and included on our website and distributed in smaller paper copies.


Please indicate which category you are applying for: Workshop Presentation or Poster Presentation.

Abstract Submission Format

  1. TITLE: Title of Workshop or Poster
  2. OBJECTIVE: Describe the purpose of the program, project or study.
  3. METHODS: Briefly describe the methods or strategies used in the program.
  4. RESULTS: Describe the objective outcomes of the program, project or study. Include quantifiable data, if possible.
  5. CONCLUSIONS: State the conclusions reached as a result of the program.

Email your abstract to Michael Jones,

Additional Guidelines

Submission Deadlines


Workshop faculty will be notified no later than February 17, 2013.

If you have questions, please contact Michael Jones, or 646-548-0100 x222.

Honorariums and Reimbursement

The committee regrets that it cannot offer honorariums or reimbursements for food and/or transportation costs for all presenters. If you are in need of transportation assistance please indicate this at the end of your abstract submission. All workshop and poster presentation panelists will receive lunch served at the Summit.

2013 Summit Planning Committee

Ingrid Floyd, Chair (Iris House)

Ofelia Barrios (Iris House)

The Reverend Henry Belin (First Bethel Church & Food Bank of New York)

Debra Bosier (Iris House)

Hadiyah Charles (Harm Reduction Coalition)

Robert Cordero (Citiwide Harm Reduction)

Antionettea Etienne (Iris House)

Olivia Ford (

Vanessa Johnson (National Women and AIDS Collective)

Michael Barret Jones (Iris House)

Jim Phillipe (Iris House)

Angelica Ramirez (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region II)

Kimberly Richardson (Iris House)

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