The AIDS Institute at the United States Conference on AIDS 2016

Join The AIDS Institute during the United States Conference on AIDS in Hollywood Florida from September 15-18, 2016. 

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Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 11:15 am - 12:45 pm | Room 314

Improving Services for Young Women and Girls Living with HIV

This workshop will explore opportunities and best practice models on caring for young women and girls living with HIV. The workshop will focus on the primary medical care and supportive services needs of this particular population.   We will discuss best practice models used to effectively transition from pediatric to adolescent and from adolescent to adult care. The workshop will also examine the factors associated with the increased rates of HIV/STDs among this cohort of women, as well as issues of sexual and reproductive health and family planning.  This interactive discussion will explore the challenges associated with a changing healthcare environment relative to access and retention in care for this growing population.  By exploring the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s Community Action Plan Framework, participants will come together to identify additional opportunities and partnerships.


Ivy Turnbull, MA, EdM, LP.D, Deputy Executive Director, AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families

Marylin Merida, MPH, Program Administrator, University of South Florida, Family AIDS Network

Michelle Lopez, HIV Treatment Works Campaign Coordinator

Caira Woods, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of National Drug Control Policy and Office of National AIDS Policy

Martha Duncan Bond, M.A., Senior Public Health Advisor, Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Michelle Moses-Eisenstein, MPH, Public Health Analyst, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, HHS Department of Health and Human Services


Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 11:15 am - 12:45 pm | Room 303

Integrating Hepatitis Services into HIV Prevention and Care Programs

Integration of hepatitis testing and services into HIV prevention and treatment programs is a key strategy to identify and address hepatitis C (HCV) and hepatitis B (HBV) infection among vulnerable populations, including persons who inject drugs (PWID) and men who have sex with men (MSM). In light of dramatic increases in HCV incidence, HIV programs can provide critical resources to test, link to care, and provide treatment to those vulnerable to HCV infection or co-infection with HIV or HBV. The session will examine opportunities, model practices, and health department and community-based organization (CBO) experiences in integrating hepatitis services, including testing and linkage-to-care, into existing HIV programs. Additionally, provisions under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to support hepatitis services will be discussed, and tools and resources to support service integration will be highlighted. Presentations will be followed by a facilitated question, answer, and discussion period.


Nicole Elinoff, Human Service Program Consultant, Sexual Minority Health Coordinator, Florida Department of Health in Orange County

Mariah Johnson, Senior Manager, Hepatitis/Policy & Legislative Affairs, NASTAD

Nicholas Parr, MPH, Senior Program Analyst, HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis, National Association of County and City Health Officials

Carl SchmidDeputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute


Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm | Atlantic Ballroom 1

Fighting Against Discriminatory Health Insurance Practices

Reforms introduced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have the power to increase access to affordable and high-quality private health insurance for individuals living with HIV.  But this promise will only happen if insurers provide transparent, meaningful coverage of the treatments and services that matter most, with affordable cost-sharing responsibilities.  To ensure that the ACA's promises are met, the administrative complaint process is an important advocacy strategy for enforcing consumer rights.  This session will discuss successful advocacy efforts to date along with the process for evaluating state health insurance marketplaces to identify bad actor insurance plans and developing and filing administrative complaints with state and federal agencies. It is a relatively straightforward process for ensuring the private health insurance plans in your state work for people living with HIV.  Join us and learn how to file complaints that will hold the insurance industry accountable to the HIV community!


Sean Dickson, Senior Manager, Health Systems Integration, NASTAD

Natalie Kean, Senior Policy Associate, The AIDS Institute

Kevin Costello, Director of Litigation, Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School


Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | Room 220

Innovations in HIV Self Testing

Oral HIV self-testing is an innovative and high-impact means to increase HIV-case identification and linkage to care.  A number of public health jurisdictions have established innovative programs to deploy the HIV self-test kits to reach high-risk populations who might otherwise not present at a public health clinic or physician office.

During this session, participants will learn more about these innovative programs and how such campaigns might deliver a public health benefit to their jurisdictions or communities.


Bryan Collins, HIV Testing Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health, Division of Disease Prevention (HIV/STD/TB)

Zoe Edelstein, PhD, MS, Director of Research and Evaluation, HIV Prevention Program, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene

Mark McGrath, MPH, Policy and Research Analyst, Office of Policy and Research, Public Health Division, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Moderator: Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute


Friday, September 16, 2016 | 9:00 - 11:30 am | Room 316

Ensuring the ACA Works for People with HIV and Hepatitis

It has been six years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed and three years since the health insurance marketplaces opened to provide a new coverage opportunity for millions, including people living with HIV and hepatitis who were previously uninsurable. Now that we know what Marketplace Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) look like, we have identified both what is working and what barriers remain to meaningful and affordable health care access for people living with HIV and hepatitis. The presenters will provide an update on prescription drug access barriers through discriminatory plan design, actions taken in Florida and elsewhere to address these issues and successes to date to overcome these barriers.  Additionally, the presenters will examine new federal regulations and proposals impacting these barriers, along with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' effort to address these issues at the state level.  This seminar will also highlight how the ACA is working in Florida and intersecting with the existing Ryan White Program.

ACA Marketplace Landscape

          Natalie Kean, Senior Policy Associate, The AIDS Institute

NASTAD's Overview of HIV Rx Coverage & Restrictions

          Sean Dickson, Senior Manager, Health Systems Integration, NASTAD

Progress Made & Next Steps in Securing Rx Access

          Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute

State Insurance Regulators' Role

          Amy Killelea, Director, Health Systems Integration, NASTAD

Successes, Challenges & Goals Shared between Patient Communities

          Monica Gonzalez, Navigation Project Manager, Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

          Ines Mosi, ACA Lead Navigator & Escalations Specialist, Epilepsy Foundation of Florida


Friday, September 16, 2016 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm | Room 220

AIDS Alliance PrEP Survey - Brief Analysis of Findings

The affinity session will present a brief analysis of the findings of the AIDS Alliance PrEP survey, the current status of the survey, provide a description of the respondents, and present preliminary data findings from the survey administered to Part D funded programs in 2016. The session will also provide suggestions on strategies used to identify and determine provider and patient PrEP educational needs as well as explore various training modalities. This interactive discussion will explore the challenges associated with a changing healthcare environment relative to PrEP access and incorporating PrEP educational and supportive services within existing healthcare structures. Participants will learn strategies on how to work closely with key stakeholders and healthcare providers on the importance of providing educational and supportive services around PrEP for key populations such as women and youth. 


Dr. Ivy Turnbull, PhD, Deputy Executive Director, AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth and Families

Michelle Scavnicky, MPA, Associate Executive Director, The AIDS Institute


Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 9:30 - 11:00 am | Diplomat Ballroom 3

Examining the Ryan White Program: Is Funding following the Epidemic?

In order to increase viral suppression and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for federal funding to follow the epidemic and be distributed to areas most in need.  The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) is critical to achieving this goal. This Workshop will examine current RWHAP funding, including the President's budget and an update on Congressional action for the fiscal year 2017 appropriations process.  Secondly, panelists will present a nationwide analysis of where current RWHAP funding is distributed by Part and in relation to HIV/AIDS case counts in each state.  Lastly, the presenters will lead a discussion on non-formula grant awards, including Supplemental funding and Part C and D award distribution along with short and long-term suggestions to better distribute funding to areas with unmet.  


Funding Outlook for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

          Nick Taylor, Policy Associate, The AIDS Institute

Examining Current Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Funding

          Natalie Kean, Senior Policy Associate, The AIDS Institute

Ensuring Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Funding Aligns with Needs

          Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute