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Convenings & Education

AFC serves as a knowledge and collaboration center for the HIV, health care and housing sectors in Illinois. Through its community-wide conferences, AFC convenes members of the public health workforce to explore topics like HIV and women; race, class and privilege; hepatitis C; and more.  These daylong trainings feature national thought leaders and ample networking opportunities.    

Presentations Included: 


Triple Threat II: HCV, HIV and Opioids (2019) 

This conference focused on the colliding co-occurring epidemics of HIV, viral hepatitis and opioids. It explored the scope, challenges and opportunities to reduce the infectious disease co-morbidities of injection drug use, especially those that can be implemented efficiently through the existing public health and medical systems.  

  • Conference Presentations

Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery in Opioids and other Substance Use Disorders (SUD) | Jeffrey Coady, Psy.D., ABPP, CAPT, United States Public Health Service, SAMHSA Regional Administrator (5)

Hepatitis C Update: key issues along the care continuum | Oluwatoyin (Toyin) Adeyemi, MD, Director, CORE Viral hepatitis Clinic, Senior Director for HIV services, Cook County
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Chronic pain and the opiate epidemic | Glenn J Treisman, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine Director, AIDS Psychiatry Service at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Trauma-Informed Approaches in HIV, Hepatitis-C, and Opioid Use Disorder Care | Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, Director of Policy and Practice for Domestic Violence and Substance Use

The Power of Aligned Advocacy: Eliminating HCV | Jill Wolf, LCSW, Caring Ambassadors, Program, HCV Program Director

 

Youth Advocate Solutions (YAS) + Hope and Healing Summit (2018/2019)

The Youth in Systems summit took place over two days, with the first day taking place on November 3, 2018 and the second day taking place on April 18, 2019. The two-day summit was meant to bring attention to and address the needs of LGBTQ+ systems involved youth. The final report can be found here

The goals were to: 

  • Create a platform that centers the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ young adults to shed light on the issues they face and gaps in services, resources and opportunities, within systems of care. 
  • Identify opportunities to build capacity for families and communities to support systems-involved LGBTQ+ youth. 
  • Develop an agenda for advocacy, resources and inclusion with and for LGBTQ+ young adults and service providers.

OUTAging: Summit On Our Possibilities 2017 

This summit took place May 23-25, 2017 and brought together people from the LGBTQ community, particularly LGBTQ older adults, with service providers and stakeholders to discuss issues facing the LGBTQ aging community.  The final report can be found here.

OUTAging’s goals were to: 

  • Create a platform that centers the voices and experiences of LGBTQ older adults to shed light on the issues they face and gaps in services, resources and opportunities;
  • Provide a diverse and inclusive forum for redefining aging and care; and
  • Develop an agenda for advocacy, resources and inclusion with and for LGBTQ older adults.