Welcome, United States Conference on AIDS!

November 7, 2011

Experts, advocates and leaders in the HIV/AIDS community will travel to Chicago from all over the country this weekend for the United States Conference on AIDS. The 15th Annual USCA, facilitated by the National Minority AIDS Council, will be at the Sheraton Chicago Towers and Hotel, Thursday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 13.

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is proud to be serving on the Chicago Hosting Committee and will participate in many workshops, panels and presentations throughout the busy weekend.AFC President/CEO David Ernesto Munar will help kick things off on Thursday morning at the opening plenary, as he moderates a discussion with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and the National AIDS Policy Director Jeff Crowley.

If you can't make the conference, you can read updates from the AFC's new Inside Story blog as the week progresses.

To view the full schedule for the weekend, download the USCA program.

Here's an overview of where AFC will be leading up to and during the conference...

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) before and during the United States Conference on AIDS, Nov. 8-13

*All events are at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 East North Water St., unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 All day - Black Treatment Advocates Network steering committee meeting, @AFC office-200 West Jackson, Blvd., Suite 2200, feat. Keith Green, AFC’s director of federal affairs
5 p.m.

“Chicago Stories: Our Past and Future Fighting HIV/AIDS – Lessons for Nonprofit Executives at USCA,” @Spiaggia Restaurant Chicago, 980 North Michigan Ave.

Wednesday, Nov. 9
2:15-2:30 p.m. “Building and Sustaining Infrastructure Capacity to provide Community-based HIV Testing in Non-Clinical Settings,” w/Cynthia Tucker, AFC’s director of prevention and community partnerships, USCA Pre-conference Institute, @Michigan Room
11 a.m.-5p.m. “The Inaugural HIV Prevention Justice Leadership Assembly,” @University of Chicago Gleacher Center, w/Julie Davids, AFC’s director of national advocacy and mobilization
6 p.m.

“When Sex is a Crime and Spit a Dangerous Weapon: Defending Against HIV Criminal Laws,” @AFC offices-200 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 2200, (hosted by AFC)

Thursday, Nov. 10
8-10 a.m. Opening Plenary w/Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Jeff Crowley of the White House, moderated by AFC President/CEO David Ernesto Munar, @Chicago Ballroom, 4th level
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. AIDS United Institute: Mapping Pathways, @Columbus-lobby level, feat. Jessica Terlikowski, AFC’s director of regional organizing
11:15-11:45 a.m. “Adverse Childhood Experiences and HIV Risk Behaviors among Chicago Men Who Have Sex With Men: New Frontiers for HIV Prevention Intervention,” @ Chicago VIII, Level 4, feat.  Keith Green
2:30-2:45pm “Put a Ring on It: Promoting the New Female Condom in Chicago,” Jessica Terlikowski, Chicago Female Condom Campaign, @Chicago VIII, level 4
2:30 p.m. Harlem United Prevention Panel, Chicago X-4th level, feat. Keith Green
6-8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception, AFC part of Chicago Hosting Committee, @Chicago Ballroom 4th level
Friday, Nov. 11
9 a.m.-12 p.m. AIDS 2012 US Outreach: USCA Seminar, David Ernesto Munar, Chicago X-4th floor
2:15-4:15 p.m. Gay Men's Policy Panel, @Michigan-2nd level, feat. Jim Pickett, AFC’s director of prevention advocacy and gay men’s health
4:30-6:30 p.m. “It's an HIV Prevention Revolution: Promising New Strategies for Gay Men,”
@ Huron-2nd level, co-presenters Keith Green, Jessica Terlikowski and Jim Pickett
4:30 p.m. Corporate and Foundation Panel, @ Columbus-lobby level, David Ernesto Munar
Saturday, Nov. 12
9:30-11:30 a.m. "Good Prison Health is Good Community Health": Coalition Building for Harm Reduction in Prisons/Jails , @ Colorado- 2nd level, Rev. Doris Green, AFC’s director of correctional health and community affairs, and Laura McTighe from Men & Women In Prison Ministries
9:30-11:30 a.m. “From Defense to Scale Up - Syringe Exchange and Federal, State and Local Advocacy Effort,” @Missouri-2nd level, Keith Green
9:30-11:30 a.m. “UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and AIDS 2012: Can these events help advance the future US Domestic AIDS Response?,” @Columbus,-2nd level, David Ernesto Munar
9:30-11:30 a.m. “Development, Implementation and Initial Evaluation of a Peer Health Navigation Program Targeting Minority MSM,” @ Superior B 2nd level, Roman Buenrostro, Goldie Komai and Tomas Soto
4-6 p.m. “PrEP protects against HIV! What do we need to know and do before it can be added to the prevention toolbox?,” Jim Pickett, @Mayfair-2nd level
7-9 p.m. BAI/NBGMAC/CBGMC Town Hall , Chicago Ballroom, Keith Green
5-9 p.m. “5 Years, 5 Heroes,” feat. David Ernesto Munar, @ the Fairmont Hotel
Sunday, Nov. 13
9:30-11:30 a.m. IAS Community Roundtable, @ Huron Room, David Ernesto Munar
7-10 p.m. Art & Soul featuring Syleena Johnson, C.C. Carter and Tim’m T. West (@ Circuit Nightclub) , Keith Green
Monday, Nov. 14
5-9 p.m. Road to AIDS 2012 Chicago Town Hall, 5-9 p.m., Sheraton

Also, look for AFC booths at the conference:

307 – Policy & Team to End AIDS
309 – Prevention
311 – Housing & Care
313 – HIV Prevention Justice Alliance

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