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HIV Education at All Ages: What Does the Future Hold? Call for Workshop and Poster Abstracts
Iris House's 9th Annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit -- May 3 & 5, 2014 -- New York City

December 5, 2013

Iris House: A Center for Women Living with HIV, Inc., is now accepting Workshop Proposals and Poster Abstracts for our annual two-day Women as the Face of AIDS Summit in New York City. Monday, May 5, 2014 will provide opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS, providers and professionals working in AIDS service organizations, community-based organizations and medical facilities; Saturday, May 3, 2014 will focus on consumers, clients and members of our broader neighborhoods and communities.

The 2014 Summit's theme is "HIV Education at All Ages: What Does the Future Hold?" With media buzzing that we've entered the age of AIDS as a "chronic, manageable" disease, there's clearly a need for a more complete knowledge base and greater education across the social spectrum: personal, organizational, and political. This year's Summit presents an opportunity to discuss how to educate all ages on advances in treatment, including treatment as prevention (such as PrEP), on ways to increase personal and organizational advocacy, and on issues of institutional sustainability as the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Affordable Care Act change the paradigms under which we've been operating.

Workshop Presentations will showcase 60-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 more -- and hope to offer a diverse collection of topics inside each track.

Our five tracks for 2014 are:


  1. Youth and Teens
    What does HIV education look like for adolescents and young adults today? How are schools addressing (or not addressing) the conversation? How do we attract an audience that believes "You Only Live Once?" What are we doing to combat stigma, stereotypes, myths about sexual health and condom usage, and overall "HIV 101 fatigue"? How do we engage parents, policymakers and pupils alike in creating appropriate dialogues?
  2. The Prime Reproductive Years
    How are people in their twenties and thirties dealing with HIV Issues? Sero-discordant couples now have tools like PrEP in their arsenal, but is that enough of an answer? What does "safe sex" mean in a world where condom usage has been the answer for thirty years? How do we engage early-career individuals in understanding the challenges ahead? How do we bring issues of intimate partner violence into our work?
  3. Aging with HIV
    Menopause. Aging and dating. The economic insecurity facing older women. Loneliness, depression and mental health issues. Terminal illnesses like cancer. These are issues that impact everyone as they age, but how are people with HIV learning the coping skills they need? What new advances in research and science are helping people live longer and better? How are our community's elder statespeople teaching their experiences and passing along their generation's message to younger people?
  4. Advocacy and Anger
    The landscape is changing. How do we engage our clients, our organizations and our communities in the fight to sustain or increase funding for services? What does the revival of ACT UP mean? How do we channel our anger and frustration into productive actions and messaging? And who is best poised to help tell our stories? How do issues like immigration and the needs of undocumented workers impact our work?
  5. The Changing Face of Organizations
    The Affordable Care Act and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy are forcing AIDS service organizations to re-examine their missions and their methods of program delivery. How do you adapt? How do we grapple with doing more (or at least as much) with less (and sometimes much less)? Where do mission drift and meeting community needs overlap? How can you be most things to most people? How do ideas like the treatment cascade, high-impact prevention and PrEP impact program delivery? How do we address prevention in a world shifting from DEBIs to "Prevention with Positives?" What innovative ways are you addressing hepatitis C, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, asthma and other chronic co-morbidities that are impacting our communities and our clients in even greater ways than HIV alone?

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.

Abstract Submission Format

Additional Guidelines

Submission Deadlines

Email to Michael Jones,

Workshop Abstract -- January 20, 2014

Poster Presentations -- February 10, 2014


Workshop faculty will be notified no later than February 1, 2014; Poster Presenters by February 17, 2014

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.

2014 Summit Planning Committee
(in formation)

Ingrid Floyd, Chair (Iris House)

Ofelia Barrios (Iris House)

Debra Bosier (Iris House)

Hadiyah Charles (Harm Reduction Coalition)

Antionettea Etienne (Iris House)

Olivia Ford (

Millicent Freeman (NYCDOH Bureau of STD Control and Prevention)

Jennifer Irwin (Health and Education Alternatives for Teens)

Serge Jean (Iris House)

Vanessa Johnson (National Women and AIDS Collective)

Michael Barret Jones (Iris House)

Matthew Lesieur (Village Care)

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

Kimberly Richardson (Iris House)

Nathaly Rubio-Torio (Voces Latinas)

Audria Russell (Iris House)

Leatrice Wactor (National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS)

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