2018 Annual Meeting

May 20th, 2018 to May 23rd, 2018


TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018

Plenary Session – Global and Domestic Intersection: Lessons to Inform Ending the Epidemics 

This session will explore how the science, policies, and programs support U.S. and global efforts to end the HIV epidemic. 

Moderator: Terrance Moore (NASTAD) Speakers: Jen Kates (Kaiser Family Foundation), Greg Millett (amfAR) (slides)

Plenary Session – The Impact of Drug User Health on the HIV and Hepatitis Epidemics

This session will explore racial and economic disparities as they relate to the opioid crisis, other drug use, compassionate and effective services, and health outcomes.

Moderator: Nicole Massey (Missouri) Speakers: Kassandra Frederique (Drug Policy Alliance), Jasmine Tyler (Human Rights Watch)

Plenary Session – Navigating Health Systems Changes: Considerations for HIV and Hepatitis Programs

This session will provide an overview of federal threats to Medicaid and private insurance, with an emphasis on the implications for people living with and at risk for HIV, hepatitis, and other complexconditions. Speakers will also address state-level advocacy efforts to ensure that vulnerable populations are protected as well as health department strategies to navigate coverage and access challenges.

Moderator: Elizabeth Crutsinger-Perry (Washington) Speakers: Maura Calsyn (Center for American Progress (slides), Ramon Gardenhire (AIDS Foundation of Chicago) (slides), Dennis Stover (Indiana) (slides)

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Part I)

Using Data to Care (D2C) to Improve Health Equity

Health departments are increasingly adopting strategies that use surveillance data to re-engage PLWH into care and improve outcomes across the care continuum. This session will discuss strategies that health departments, ministries of health, and their partners can use to improve health equity through their D2C programs including meaningfully engaging community members, capturing and utilizing key data related to health equity to prioritize populations, and assessing barriers to care related to social determinants of health. Speakers will discuss existing initiatives, successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Speakers: Annie Coriolan (NASTAD), Dawn Fukuda (Massachusetts), DeAnn Gruber (Louisiana)

Ending the Hepatitis Epidemics

With continued increases in hepatitis A (HAV), hepatitis B (HBV), and hepatitis C(HCV) tied to the opioid crisis, it is more important than ever for health department infectious disease program leadership to champion increased awareness and response in jurisdictions. Federal, state,and local funding to support hepatitis activities remains woefully inadequate, yet health departments continue to explore creative and effective strategies to increase prevention, testing, surveillance, and care capacity. This session will include an overview of key national/global recommendations and targets, remarks from infectious disease program leaders who have championed hepatitis programming and prioritized key populations, as well as time for discussion among session participants on strategies to increase health department commitment to ending the epidemics.

Speakers: Andrew Gans (New Mexico), Tracey Packer (San Francisco)

Addressing Stigma and Improving Health Outcomes Among Gay Men of Color

While governmental public health has made much progress in identifying new infections and facilitating access to antiretrovirals worldwide, key health outcomes among younger gay men of color continue to worsen or have shown laggard improvements. Given the context of deepening health outcome disparities, the role of stigma remains a pervasive challenge for public health action. This session will discuss strategies to identify, quantify, and address the stigmas facing young gay men of color, while bringing together global and domestic lessons learned.

Speakers: Eduardo Alvarado (Illinois), Jeff Crowley (O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law)

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Part II)

Conceptualizing Core Competencies for Health Departments

This session will explore next steps and peer exchange opportunities as a result of NASTAD’s Core Competencies Index: An Examination of Health Department Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic. More broadly, members will have an opportunity to define what a baseline of competencies mean for their individual health department, and how NASTAD can craft CBA and TA to help them achieve success. A few selected jurisdictions that completed the CCI assessment will share their experience and lessons learned.

Speakers: Isaiah Webster III (NASTAD)

Program Investment Across the Continuum

With an eye towards ending the HIV and hepatitis epidemics, this session will provide an open forum to discuss how Ryan White Program AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) rebates could be used to increase HIV and hepatitis program integration. In the spirit of CDC 18-1802 implementation and HIV prevention and care program integration, this session will explore how states have reinvested in their broader HIV programs. This session will begin with an overview of the allowable uses of rebates, a reflection from three HIV programs on why they have prioritized investment across their HIV, STD (including DIS support), and hepatitis prevention and care programs, and an open forum to address topics and questions from session participants.

Speakers: Anne Donnelly (Project Inform), Diana Jordan (Virginia), Randy Mayer (Iowa)

Policy Change for Social Justice

Policies and policy-makers have a role and responsibility to listen and respond to a decidedly more and more polarized constituency that is visibly divided and defiant on issues of sexual and reproductive health. Governmental public health officials, more than ever, have to contend with politics over what is best for the public’s health. During this conversation, we will discuss the current political landscape and how existing and proposed policies are impacting U.S.health departments and global implementing partners’ ability to address social inequities that contribute to the ongoing prevalence of HIV and hepatitis. We will also discuss advocacy efforts and strategies to implement and initiate policies that promote sound public health practices, and the intersections of racism, sexism, xenophobia, and generalized bigotry influencing public discourse about sexual and reproductive health in the U.S. and globally.

Speakers: Ben D’Avanzo (Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum), Sable Nelson (NMAC)


NASTAD’s International Work

This session will provide an overview of the priorities, structure, and activities of NASTAD’s global work, as well as guidance and tips on becoming a successful Global team technical assistance provider.

Navigating HIV Prevention and Care Integration

This session will provide health department staff an opportunity to share the successes and challenges as they have navigated integration of HIV prevention and care programs. This session will also discuss ways NASTAD can support the process, provide technical assistance, and develop beneficial resources.

Addressing Stigma

This discussion will explore how health departments are addressing stigma that prevents gay men from accessing optimal health care. NASTAD staff will solicit input for a forthcoming update to its publication “Addressing Stigma: A Blueprint for Improving HIV/STD Prevention and Care Outcomesfor Black and Latino Gay Men.”

Closing Plenary Session – A Call to Action: The Chair’s Challenge 

Moderator: Murray Penner, NASTAD Speaker: Jacquelyn M. Clymore, North Carolina (slides)