Bay Area Reportbacks From the XIV International AIDS Conference
Project Inform staff who attended the XIV International AIDS Conference in Barcelona will participate in several Bay Area community reportbacks in July and August. Issues to be discussed range from new HIV care, treatment and research developments for men and women to public policy and access issues affecting people living with HIV in the United States and elsewhere. The dates times and locations for the different meetings are listed below. For more detailed information about specific topics, speakers and locations, contact Project Inform's National HIV/AIDS Hotline at 800-822-7422 or visit Project Inform's calendar
- July 30, 6-9pm San Francisco; collaborative meeting with AIDS Research Institute and Conant AIDS Foundation.
- July 31, 6:30-9pm Alameda County; collaborative community reportback in collaboration with Alameda County Medical Centers, Kaiser Oakland, HealthGap and Patient Education and Training (PET).
- August 14, 6:30-9pm Oakland; collaborative community reportback in collaboration with AMASSI and the African American AIDS Policy and Training Institute.
- August 15, 2:30-5:30pm Oakland; women's community reportback from Barcelona in collaboration with WORLD and WIHS.
- August 22, San Francisco; women's community reportback from Barcelona collaboration with WORLD and WIHS.
Rising Hope: Partnership for Positive Living
On behalf of Project Inform, Paul Dalton, Education and Outreach Associate, recently traveled to Billings, Montana to participate in the first ever, "Rising Hope: Partnership for Positive Living," a weekend retreat for HIV+ people and their partners put on by FDH and Associates. Paul spoke about current HIV care and treatment options at the opening night keynote address, and led two adherence workshops titled, "Sticking to It." The incredibly successful event took place at the Billings Sheraton Hotel and was attended by approximately 50 people. Project Inform has been invited to participate in a gay men's retreat in Missoula in October.
Project Inform staff participate in conferences and community events throughout the United States on a variety of topics, including basic to advanced HIV care and treatment options, immune based therapies, women-specific care, treatment issues and more. If you are interested in learning more about community education activities of Project Inform, visit the Outreach and Education program page.
California Statewide Treatment Education Program Update
The California Statewide Treatment Education Program (CSTEP) is a joint education and training program of Project Inform and the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center (A&PIWC). CSTEP is currently wrapping up its second year. Over the past year, the program staff have trained over 250 people, in both English and Spanish, and held training classes in locations such as San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Imperial County.
CSTEP's goal is to increase the ability of health and HIV service providers working in communities of color affected by HIV/AIDS to recognize, refer and support client and community access and use of HIV testing, care, treatment, education and support services. The program offers four different training classes ranging from an introductory two-day, "Level A" training, which covers the basics of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases to an in-depth five-day "Level C" training which explores in greater detail topics such as Hepatitis C co-infection, women-specific issues and designing one-on-one and small group education interventions. CSTEP training classes are free of charge, and open to all non-medical service providers (case managers, peer advocates, treatment advocates) working with Californians who are HIV-positive or at high risk for HIV infection. For information about the program or to register for an upcoming training, contact Claire Wingfield at 415-292-3420 x312, visit the Outreach and Education program page or www.cstep.org.
Pathfinders: The National Peer Treatment Education Program at Howard University
Project Inform is very excited to be the West/Southwest training center for the Pathfinders: National Peer Treatment Education Program (NPTEP). The NPTEP collaboration is being led by Howard University's National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center. Other partners include the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation and the Latino Commission on AIDS. NPTEP seeks to increase the success of minority peer treatment educators and improve HIV treatment education programs serving people living with HIV by working in partnership with Ryan White supported programs and organizations serving highly HIV/AIDS impacted or emerging minority communities throughout the United States.
The National Peer Treatment Education Program is committed to:
- Increasing the number of effective minority peer treatment educators,
- Increasing the number of quality Peer Treatment Education Programs,
- Providing technical assistance to organizations for development and enhancement of peer treatment education programs,
- The creation and support of a nationwide network of minority HIV peer treatment educators and programs.
The program components include:
- Training, mentoring and technical assistance.
For more detailed information and an electronic brochure that contains more detailed information please visit the Outreach and Education program page or go to www.nmaetc.org and click the NPTEP button.