PROGRAM/SCHEDULE

SYNC 2019 SCHEDULE

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Prevention Institute: Prevention’s Potential: Moving from Promise to Practice by SYNCing Communities with Strategies
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Despite steady uptake in the U.S., use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) remains lowest among communities most impacted by HIV. Wide-scale implementation of PrEP and other biomedical interventions for these populations at the state and local level is critical to reducing new infections and ending the epidemic in the United States. In light of this challenge, the Prevention Institute will engage participants in discussion around the structural, societal, and individual-level factors affecting implementation of and access to HIV prevention activities. Clients, providers, advocates, public health practitioners and policymakers at the Prevention Institute will synchronize innovative strategies to improve health outcomes in the populations most burdened by HIV. 

  • Promoting HIV Prevention Tools to DC’s Underserved Communities
  • Mississippi Learning Collaborative in Rural Health Centers in the South
  • Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating a U=U Campaign on Long Island
  • Biomedical Prevention for Women: Developing a Public Health Detailing Campaign for Women’s Healthcare Providers to Promote PrEP and PEP for Women in NYC
  • Two Blue Pills (The Game Changer or STD Makers): U=U and PrEP
  • PrEP-Focused Qualitative Interviews with Transgender Women of Color
  • Prioritizing PrEP Facts Top 10 Myths Preventing Uptake
  • PrEP Awareness, Attitudes and Trusted Sources for PrEP Information and Provision among Community Members in the Context Matters Survey, USA 2015-2016
  • Maximizing Utilization if Prevention Services in Underserved Populations
  • Meeting Them Where They Are: Strategies to Engage Black MSM in HIV Care and Prevention Services
  • Dismantling HIV Myths and Building Trust for PrEP, Bridging the Gap Between the Community and the Healthcare System

Black Women’s Health Institute
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

During this institute, we will discuss Black women’s experiences with racism, both historically and currently, as well as the invisible structural barriers that facilitate racism and stigma. This session will unveil how these experiences may play a role in Black women’s mental and sexual health, including how Black women access and engage with healthcare providers and their participation in clinical trials, and the uptake of biomedical advances available to reduce sexually transmitted infections including HIV. 

The Institute will address:   

  • From Slavery to Henrietta Lacks: Experiences of Racism
  • Affect of Racism on Black Women’s Health Outcomes
  • Strategies to Reduce Preventable Illness and Restore Optimal Health
  • Identifying Culturally Sensitive Counseling Services
  • Translating U=U for Black Women

Fiscal Health Institute: Syncing Fiscal Health with Systems Health
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Fiscal Health Institute at SYNC 2019 convenes program and fiscal managers of Ryan White programs and healthcare non-profits to build and practice fiscal management skills. Through a series of sessions, participants will explore strategies for maintaining program compliance, maximizing funding opportunities, and expanding service delivery. The training will highlight innovative strategies for sustaining services and responding to the evolving financial landscape of HIV care programs.

The sessions will discuss:

  • Opportunities for Ryan White Programs to Diversify Funding
  • Ryan White and 340B: Strategies for Managing Pharmacies, Revenue, and Compliance

Integrated Planning Institute: Enhancing Structure and Synchronicity for Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Planning
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

HIV planning has long been an integral part of ensuring comprehensive delivery of HIV services in communities. Recently, health departments and community implementers have been faced with syncing HIV services and programs while still bound by fiscal requirements and legislative regulations. At the Integrated HIV Planning Institute, health departments, community planners and service implementers will have the opportunity to sync on a variety of topics to improve planning and implementation of integrated HIV prevention and care services.

In order to get to zero new infections, jurisdictions must implement and evaluate comprehensive, integrated HIV strategies to achieve health outcomes. Learn new approaches from federal funders and peers on assessing planning effectiveness, monitoring integration, and discuss approaches for making integration organic. 

The Institute will address:

  • Visualization of monitoring data and plan metrics for community use
  • Synching integrated HIV prevention and care plans with Ending the Epidemic
  • Use of common language and definitions for integrated HIV prevention and care planning bodies
  • Guiding integrated HIV planning 2.0
 

Opioids/HIV/HCV Institute: Ending the Epidemics: Addressing the Intersection of HCV and Opioid Use
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is responsible for more deaths in the United States than any other infectious disease, and HCV infections have been rising at an alarming rate since 2010. The role of the opioid epidemic is significant and undeniable. Without increased implementation harm reduction services (e.g. syringe services programs), comprehensive services for people with opioid addiction (e.g. Medication-Assisted Treatment), and expanded access to life-saving HCV treatment for people who inject drugs (PWID), the goal to eliminate HCV in the U.S. will not be accomplished. 

The HCV and Opioid Institute will convene clinicians, harm reduction and prevention specialists, educators, and advocates to discuss the intersecting hepatitis C and opioid epidemics and offer thought-provoking perspectives on engaging people with substance use disorders in HCV testing, care, care and treatment. Learn evidence-based strategies for supporting patients with injection drug use in harm reduction, approaches to integrate patient-centered HCV education into substance abuse programs, and interdisciplinary models for HCV care and treatment for PWID. 

The Institute will address:  

  • Mount Sinai REACH Program, Including Buprenorphine and Hepatitis C Treatment
  • Centering Safer Drug Consumption Spaces in the Opioid Syndemic
  • Challenges and Best Practices in Buprenorphine Implementation Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in New York State

 

Transgender Institute: Strengthening Prevention and Care for Transgender Communities 
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM 

Transgender individuals should have access to quality prevention, care, and treatment.  However, transgender people continue to encounter significant barriers health care: discrimination/stigma, lack of culturally competent providers, unequal access to health coverage, etc. The Transgender Health Institute is designed to address the structural and social determinants of health impacting this community. Promoting an urgency for health equity, the Institute will cover engagement, health care access, and advocacy.

Topics to be addressed:  

  • Exceptional Care and Management of the Transgender Adult and Child in a Primary Care Setting
  • Effective Implementation of PrEP Services for Transgender Individuals in a FQHC: Proactivity vs Reactivity
  • Achieving an HIV Neutral Clinic for Transgender Persons

More topics will be added to this session soon. 

 

 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Breakfast Plenary: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Breakfast Plenary: The State of HIV, HCV, STI and LGBT Health

This plenary is designed to level-set SYNC 2019 attendees on the current state of HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBT health by providing clinical, epidemiological, and system-related updates for each of SYNChronicity’s four focus areas.

Track Session 1: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Session 1: Community Testing and Initiation of ARV’s Following a Positive Test

  • Fast Forward to Viral Suppression: Immediate Initiation of ARVs Following Reactive HIV+ Test Result or Engagement in HIV Care for the First Time at a FQHC in Washington, D.C.
  • A National Community Partnership to Extend HIV Testing and Information Through Non-Traditional Settings and Support Local Outreach 

Session 1: Transitioning to Fee for Service Payment Models: Case Studies

Session 1: Mentor, Lead, Succeed: Building Alliances Across Ages

  • Mentor, Lead, Succeed: Building Alliances Across Ages

Session 1HCV Elimination: What Will It Take?

  • Innovation and Equity: Navigating HCV Care in VA
  • What Will It Take to Eliminate HCV Among HIV-Positive San Franciscans?
  • The Beginning of the End: Implementing Routine HCV Testing in the U.S.-Mexico Border
     

Session 1Tobacco Harm Reduction Efforts in the LGBT Community

  • A Trauma Informed Approach to Smoking and Harm Reduction in LGBTQ Communities

Session 1: Innovations Interventions to Engage Young MSM in of Color in the HIV Prevention and Care Continuum

  • CHEMSEX: Meth Use Among Black Gay Men and HIV  
  • HIV, STI, and PrEP Screening Among YMSM and Transgender Youth in the Chicago House Ball Communities
  • The New Narrative Project (2NP): An HIV Prevention Intervention Targeting Young Black Gay Men
     

Session 1: HIV Criminalization and Activism

  • HIV Criminalization and PLWHIV Networks
  • SYNCing Activism, Advocacy, and Organizing Through HIV Criminalization Modernization

Session 1: African Americans and PrEP: Overcoming the Uptake Challenges

  • PrEP and PEP Knowledge and Acceptance Among At-Risk African Americans
  • From Prevention to Prescription: The Challenges of Prescribing PrEP to Women of Color
  • Innovative Approaches to PrEP Education for Black Women in Washington, D.C.
     

Session 1: To Be Announced

Lunch Plenary: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

End HIV/AIDS Plan by 2030 

Department of Health and Humans Services who will present on the need, strategy, vision and desired outcomes of the 10-year plan. Participants will then discuss how to implement various components including HIV prevention, care and treatment, behavioral health interventions, and workforce efforts. Finally, Congressional Representatives will discuss aspects of advancing the plan.

Invited Speakers:

  • The Honorable Alex Azar, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Admiral Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary of US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tammy Beckham, DMV, PhD, Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
  • Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Disease, NIH
  • Robert R. Redfield, MD, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Eugene McCray, MD, DIrector of the National HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  • George Sigounas, MS, PhD, Administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Laura Cheever, MD, ScM, Associate Administrator, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration 
  • James McCrae, MA, MPP, Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Congressional Representatives including The Honorable Barbara Lee (CA-13) 
  • Carl Schmid, Co-Chair, President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

Other plenary sessions will feature patient advocates and leads from government agencies, ASOs/CBOs, health centers and health departments discussing their role in and perspective on implementing this plan. Those plenary session speakers will be announced soon. 

Track Session 2: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Session 2Integrating CQI to Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV Disparities

  • Addressing Disparities to End the HIV Epidemic: Successful Tools by the Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation (CQII) ECHO Collaborative
  • Creating a Culture of Quality Improvement to Reduce HIV Disparities by Increasing Viral Suppression in the U.S. in Partnership with Federally-Funded Providers
  • REAL QI: Integrating Behavioral Health and HIV Primary Care in NJ
     

Session 2: Integrating Medical Services into HIV Organizations

Session 2: Addressing the Needs of People Living with HIV Over 50

  • Utilizing Multiple Strategies for Assessing the Needs of Older Persons Living with HIV in NYC
  • Innovative Program Models to Address the Psychosocial Needs of MSM Living with HIV Who Are 50+
  • The All-Ages Show: An Intergenerational Forum for Long-term Survivors over Age 50 and for Younger People More Recently Diagnosed

Session 2Lessons Learned, Integration Opportunities from HIV

  • AIDSVu and HepVu: Visualizing HIV and HCV to End the Epidemics
  • Overview of Sexual Transmission of HCV for HIV-Infected MSM
  • Applying Strategies from Universal HIV Screening to Birth Cohort HCV Screening…FQHC Network

Session 1Tobacco Harm Reduction Efforts in the LGBT Community

  • A Trauma Informed Approach to Smoking and Harm Reduction in LGBTQ Communities

Session 2: LGBTQ Health Equity

  • Creating Space to Achieve LGBTQ Health Equity within the Florida Department of Health Orange County
  • Shout Out AZ: Development and Implementation of a Statewide LGBTQ Health Assessment
  • Garden State Equality’s Map and Expand Project
     

Session 3: Health Equity, Emotional Health, Sexual Health Among LGBT Populations

  • Supporting Sexual Wellness in LGBT Older Adults
    – Improving Health Equity for LGBTQ Persons
    – Emotionally Focused Therapy: A Key to LGBTA and Wellness

Session 2Defining Masculinity in MSM Communities of Color

  • Gentlemen Respecting and Interacting in Truth: Healthy Black Masculinity
  • Drivers of Sexual Health Knowledge for Two-Spirit, Gay, Bi and/or Native MSM

Session 2: Putting Talk into Action to Foster Civic Engagement

  • Reducing Harm, Expanding Access, & Ensuring Equal Justice by Fostering Good Civic Health
  • Health Equity: Putting Talk into Action

Session 2: Using Data to Implement PrEP

  • Focused Qualitative Interviews with Whitman-Walker Health Patients
  • Assessing the Feasibility of Data to Care Activities in Relation to PrEP Clinical Care
  • Pathways to Prevention: An Observational Study of HIV Pre-expsoure Prophylaxis in an Urban Community-based Setting

Session 2Women and Intimate Partner Violence

  • Remove the Bandages: Learning from the Dual Identities of Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Women Living with HIV

SYNC Sessions: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

With an overwhelming number of outstanding abstract submissions, we are offering special SYNC sessions on critical, crosscutting topics that are relevant to HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBT health. Topics include telemedicine, climate change, social determinants of health, and sexual health as well as education related to commercial sex workers and incarcerated populations. You will certainly find a SYNC session to pique your interest. SYNC sessions will be held Monday, April 15, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM as follows: 

Disaster/Climate Change

  • A Ticket to Death: Experiences of Being Diagnosed with HIV in Puerto Rico
    Presented by Ilia Maria Otero-Cruz

     
  • Needs of Transgender Populations in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
    Presented by Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz

     
  • Experiences of Young Men Accessing HIV Treatment in Puerto Rico
    Presented by Damian Cabrera-Candelaria

     

Telemedicine

  • Development and Implementation of an Integrated Model of Sustainable HCV Care through Telemedicine Rural Appalachian Region 
    Presented by Jacqueline Sherbuk

     
  • Hepatitis C and HIV Telehealth Clinic at Franciscan Health Hammond
    Presented by Juliette Holliman

     
  • Impact of Healthvana Digital Engagement on HIV Primary Care Appointment Outcomes 
    Presented by Henna Patani

     
  • The Impact of Innovative App and Home Testing Methods in HIV and STI Positivity Rates for PrEP Patients
    Presented by Melissa Hawkins

     

Corrections

  • The State of HIV and HCV in Correction and Post Correctional Populations
    Presented by Marcus Hopkins

     
  • Reducing Viral Hepatitis and HIV Transmission Through Harm Reduction Education in Prisons and Jails
    Presented by Mandy Altman

     
  • Building and Implementing a Rural Case Management Prison Linkage System
    Presented by Erica Hubert

     
  • Increasing HIV Awareness and Prevention within Correctional Settings in Los Angeles County 
    Presented by Siddharth Raich

Trauma

  • Trauma Informed HR Practices: Becoming Trauma Informed Care Champions
    Presented by Rhonda Harris and Alexandra Valentine

     
  • Transforming Transitional Housing Using a Trauma Informed and Harm Reduction Approach
    Presented by Veronica Sanders

     

CQI – Continuous Quality Improvement

  • Enhancing HIV Care Through a Statewide Collaborative: Lessons Learned from Alabama
    Presented by Ashley Tarrant

     
  • Rigorously Using Evaluation Strategies to Improve Reach and Focus of New Medial Outreach
    Presented by Anthony Freeman
     
  • Ready to Serve: A Quality Assurance Initiative for NYCs PrEP/PEP Online Provider Directory
    Presented by Maria Ma

     

Sexual Health  

  • When Sex Isn’t Cis: A Collaborative Panel Discussion on Sexual Health for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Communities
    Presented by Cara Wood

     
  • Data Informed Interventions: Combatting the Increase in Syphilis Among Women in Houston/Harris County
    Presented by Chelsea Frand

     
  • Sexual Health Communications among Women of Faith: A Discussion for Holistic Health in Congregations
    Presented by Tanya Henderson

     
  • Leveraging STD and HIV Prevention Partnerships to End the Epidemic
    Presented by Taryn Coulture

     
  • Disparities in Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among American Indians and Alaskan Natives
    Presented by Andria Apostolou

     

Faith

  • Transgender Spirituality, Sexuality, and the Scripts(ures): A Discussion on How Sexually Scriptures Influence
    Presented by Diedre Gray

     
  • Our Outcry for Religion Not to Leave Us Behind
    Presented by Ian Haddock

     
  • When the Walls Fall: HIV In the Church
    Presented by Tony Christon-Walker

     

Social Determinants of Health

  • Impact of Unstable Housing on Health Outcomes for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Clients
    Presented by Avery Latham

     
  • Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Living with HIV in New York State to Ensure Viral Suppression
    Presented by Rick Cook

 
Social Media

  • Dissemination of HIV Education Using HIV Focused Graphic Serial Via Social Media and an Online Comic Forum
    Presented by Mark Thomas

     
  • Improving Adherence to PrEP Through Real-Time Monitoring Paired with Personalized, Automated Text Interventions
    Presented by Christian Klimas

     

Biomedical

  • Characterizing HIV Dynamics in Washington, DC using Next-Generation Sequencing
    Presented by Keylie Gibson

     

Sex Workers

  • Community/Government Partnerships in Addressing Health and Safety Need of Sex Workers
    Presented by John Meade

     

Safety for LGBT Communities

  • Adapting and Tailoring Seeking Safety for LGBT Communities: What Works?
    Presented by Queen Victoria Ortega

SYNCing Reception & Poster Hall: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Breakfast Plenary: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Breakfast Plenary: Enhancing Partnerships to Impact HIV, HCV, STI and LGBT Health

This plenary is designed to provide attendees with an update on efforts to eliminate HIV, HCV, STIs and improve LGBT health. We will discuss activities including the 90/90/90 Fast Track Cities Initiative, U=U and other biomedical advances, efforts to increase testing and awareness, and investments from philanthropic partnerships to improve health outcomes. 

 

Track Session 3: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Session 3Update on Unintentional Weight Loss and Aspects of Aging with Multiple Comorbid Conditions

Session 3: Strategically Investing Program Income: Case Studies

  • Program Income 101: Developing Methods for Tracking and Allocation
  • Program Income Fundamentals and Allowable Costs for 340B Grantees

Session 3: Creating Opportunities for African American Women over 50 to engage in Sexual Health Discussions

  • Creating Opportunities for African American Women over 50 to engage in Sexual Health Discussions

Session 3HCV and People Who Inject Drugs

  • Hepatitis C Elimination in Drug Using Populations: What Will It Take
  • Hep C Medical Case Management for People Experiencing Homelessness and People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)
  • First Things First: Providing Wound Care for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in Hawaii

Session 3: Health Equity, Emotional Health, Sexual Health Among LGBT Populations

  • Supporting Sexual Wellness in LGBT Older Adults
    – Improving Health Equity for LGBTQ Persons
    – Emotionally Focused Therapy: A Key to LGBTA and Wellness

Session 3: Medical Care and Services to Address HIV, HCV, STI and Sexual Health

  • Linkage to Medical Care and Services for HIV+ MSM of Color through a Multi-site CDC Funded Initiative
  • Addressing HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis to Open the Gates to Sexual Health for Black and Latino MSM

Session 3: Advocacy on Federal and Regional Levels

  • Value of Voices in Federally-Focused Advocacy for HIV, HCV, and STIs
  • Leadership in Action: Community Advocates Redefining MIPA in the South for the 21st Century

Session 3: Implications of PrEP in the Real World

  • PrEP is Here, Why Aren’t We?
  • HIV Positive and on PrEP: Wait … What?

Session 3To Be Announced

Lunch Plenary: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch Plenary: SYNCing Strategies with Success: Community Driven Implementation and Innovation

This plenary session will allow patient advocates, representatives from ASOs, CBOs, and health departments and other vested groups discuss their roles and perspectives on implementing this Administrations 10-year plan to end HIV transmission along with achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, elimination of STIs, and improved health access and equity among LGBT persons and other underserved communities. 

SYNC 2019 PROGRAM

Plenary Sessions

Breakfast Plenary: The State of HIV, HCV, STI and LGBT Health

This plenary is designed to level-set SYNC 2019 attendees on the current state of HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBT health by providing clinical, epidemiological, and system-related updates for each of SYNChronicity’s four focus areas.

Lunch Plenary: EndHIV/AIDS by 2030 Plan

This plenary will begin with an overview of the 10-year plan by principals from the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services who will present on the need, strategy, vision and desired outcomes of the 10-year plan. Participants will then discuss how to implement various components including HIV prevention, care and treatment, behavioral health interventions, and workforce efforts. Finally, Congressional Representatives will discuss aspects of advancing the plan.

Breakfast Plenary: Enhancing Partnerships to Impact HIV, HCV, STI and LGBT Health

This plenary is designed to provide attendees with an update on efforts to eliminate HIV, HCV, STIs and improve LGBT health. We will discuss activities including the 90/90/90 Fast Track Cities Initiative, U=U and other biomedical advances, efforts to increase testing and awareness, and investments from philanthropic partnerships to improve health outcomes.

Lunch Plenary: SYNCing Strategies with Success: Community Driven Implementation and Innovation

This plenary session will allow patient advocates, representatives from ASOs, CBOs, and health departments and other vested groups discuss their roles and perspectives on implementing this Administrations 10-year plan to end HIV transmission along with achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, elimination of STIs, and improved health access and equity among LGBT persons and other underserved communities. 

Institutes

Prevention Institute: Prevention’s Potential: Moving from Promise to Practice by SYNCing Communities with Strategies 
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Despite steady uptake in the U.S., use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) remains lowest among communities most impacted by HIV. Wide-scale implementation of PrEP and other biomedical interventions for these populations at the state and local level is critical to reducing new infections and ending the epidemic in the United States. In light of this challenge, the Prevention Institute will engage participants in discussion around the structural, societal, and individual-level factors affecting implementation of and access to HIV prevention activities. Clients, providers, advocates, public health practitioners and policymakers at the Prevention Institute will synchronize innovative strategies to improve health outcomes in the populations most burdened by HIV. 

  • Promoting HIV Prevention Tools to DC’s Underserved Communities
  • Mississippi Learning Collaborative in Rural Health Centers in the South
  • Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating a U=U Campaign on Long Island
  • Biomedical Prevention for Women: Developing a Public Health Detailing Campaign for Women’s Healthcare Providers to Promote PrEP and PEP for Women in NYC
  • Two Blue Pills (The Game Changer or STD Makers): U=U and PrEP
  • PrEP-Focused Qualitative Interviews with Transgender Women of Color
  • Prioritizing PrEP Facts Top 10 Myths Preventing Uptake
  • PrEP Awareness, Attitudes and Trusted Sources for PrEP Information and Provision among Community Members in the Context Matters Survey, USA 2015-2016
  • Maximizing Utilization if Prevention Services in Underserved Populations
  • Meeting Them Where They Are: Strategies to Engage Black MSM in HIV Care and Prevention Services
  • Dismantling HIV Myths and Building Trust for PrEP, Bridging the Gap Between the Community and the Healthcare System

Black Women’s Health Institute 
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

During this institute, we will discuss Black women’s experiences with racism, both historically and currently, as well as the invisible structural barriers that facilitate racism and stigma. This session will unveil how these experiences may play a role in Black women’s mental and sexual health, including how Black women access and engage with healthcare providers and their participation in clinical trials, and the uptake of biomedical advances available to reduce sexually transmitted infections including HIV. 

The Institute will address:   

  • From Slavery to Henrietta Lacks: Experiences of Racism
  • Affect of Racism on Black Women’s Health Outcomes
  • Strategies to Reduce Preventable Illness and Restore Optimal Health
  • Identifying Culturally Sensitive Counseling Services
  • Translating U=U for Black Women

Fiscal Health Institute: Syncing Fiscal Health with Systems Health 
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Fiscal Health Institute at SYNC 2019 convenes program and fiscal managers of Ryan White programs and healthcare non-profits to build and practice fiscal management skills. Through a series of sessions, participants will explore strategies for maintaining program compliance, maximizing funding opportunities, and expanding service delivery. The training will highlight innovative strategies for sustaining services and responding to the evolving financial landscape of HIV care programs.

The sessions will discuss:

  • Opportunities for Ryan White Programs to Diversify Funding
  • Ryan White and 340B: Strategies for Managing Pharmacies, Revenue, and Compliance

Integrated Planning Institute: Enhancing Structure and Synchronicity for Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Planning 
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

HIV planning has long been an integral part of ensuring comprehensive delivery of HIV services in communities. Recently, health departments and community implementers have been faced with syncing HIV services and programs while still bound by fiscal requirements and legislative regulations. At the Integrated HIV Planning Institute, health departments, community planners and service implementers will have the opportunity to sync on a variety of topics to improve planning and implementation of integrated HIV prevention and care services.

In order to get to zero new infections, jurisdictions must implement and evaluate comprehensive, integrated HIV strategies to achieve health outcomes. Learn new approaches from federal funders and peers on assessing planning effectiveness, monitoring integration, and discuss approaches for making integration organic.

Topics to be addressed include: 

  • Visualization of monitoring data and plan metrics for community use
  • Synching integrated HIV prevention and care plans with Ending the Epidemic
  • Use of common language and definitions for integrated HIV prevention and care planning bodies
  • Guiding integrated HIV planning 2.0

HCV and Opioids Institute: Ending the Epidemics: Addressing the Intersection of HCV and Opioid Use
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is responsible for more deaths in the United States than any other infectious disease, and HCV infections have been rising at an alarming rate since 2010. The role of the opioid epidemic is significant and undeniable. Without increased implementation harm reduction services (e.g. syringe services programs), comprehensive services for people with opioid addiction (e.g. Medication-Assisted Treatment), and expanded access to life-saving HCV treatment for people who inject drugs (PWID), the goal to eliminate HCV in the U.S. will not be accomplished. 

The HCV and Opioid Institute will convene clinicians, harm reduction and prevention specialists, educators, and advocates to discuss the intersecting hepatitis C and opioid epidemics and offer thought-provoking perspectives on engaging people with substance use disorders in HCV testing, care, care and treatment. Learn evidence-based strategies for supporting patients with injection drug use in harm reduction, approaches to integrate patient-centered HCV education into substance abuse programs, and interdisciplinary models for HCV care and treatment for PWID. 

The Institute will address:  

  • Mount Sinai REACH Program, Including Buprenorphine and Hepatitis C Treatment
  • Centering Safer Drug Consumption Spaces in the Opioid Syndemic
  • Challenges and Best Practices in Buprenorphine Implementation Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in New York State

 

 

 

 

 

Transgender Institute: Strengthening Prevention and Care for Transgender Communities
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM 

Transgender individuals should have access to quality prevention, care, and treatment.  However, transgender people continue to encounter significant barriers health care: discrimination/stigma, lack of culturally competent providers, unequal access to health coverage, etc. The Transgender Health Institute is designed to address the structural and social determinants of health impacting this community. Promoting an urgency for health equity, the Institute will cover engagement, health care access, and advocacy.

Topics to be addressed:  

  • Exceptional Care and Management of the Transgender Adult and Child in a Primary Care Setting
  • Effective Implementation of PrEP Services for Transgender Individuals in a FQHC: Proactivity vs Reactivity
  • Achieving an HIV Neutral Clinic for Transgender Persons

More topics will be added to this Institute soon. 

Tracks

The 6th annual SYNChronicity Conference (SYNC 2019), which will be held April 14-16, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C, will feature nine tracks:

  • Clinical
  • Fiscal Health
  • Generational Health
  • HCV Health
  • LGBT Health
  • MSM Health
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • PrEP
  • Women's Health

Session 1: Community Testing and Initiation of ARV’s Following a Positive Test

  • Fast Forward to Viral Suppression: Immediate Initiation of ARVs Following Reactive HIV+ Test Result or Engagement in HIV Care for the First Time at a FQHC in Washington, D.C.
  • A National Community Partnership to Extend HIV Testing and Information Through Non-Traditional Settings and Support Local Outreach

Session 2Integrating CQI to Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV Disparities

  • Addressing Disparities to End the HIV Epidemic: Successful Tools by the Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation (CQII) ECHO Collaborative
  • Creating a Culture of Quality Improvement to Reduce HIV Disparities by Increasing Viral Suppression in the U.S. in Partnership with Federally-Funded Providers
  • REAL QI: Integrating Behavioral Health and HIV Primary Care in NJ
     

Session 3Update on Unintentional Weight Loss and Aspects of Aging with Multiple Comorbid Conditions

Session 1: Transitioning to Fee for Service Payment Models: Case Studies
 

Session 2: Integrating Medical Services into HIV Organizations
 

Session 3: Strategically Investing Program Income: Case Studies

  • Program Income 101: Developing Methods for Tracking and Allocation
  • Program Income Fundamentals and Allowable Costs for 340B Grantees

Session 1: Mentor, Lead, Succeed: Building Alliances Across Ages

  • Mentor, Lead, Succeed: Building Alliances Across Ages


Session 2: Addressing the Needs of People Living with HIV Over 50

  • Utilizing Multiple Strategies for Assessing the Needs of Older Persons Living with HIV in NYC
  • Innovative Program Models to Address the Psychosocial Needs of MSM Living with HIV Who Are 50+
  • The All-Ages Show: An Intergenerational Forum for Long-term Survivors over Age 50 and for Younger People More Recently Diagnosed

Session 3: Creating Opportunities for African American Women over 50 to engage in Sexual Health Discussions

  • Creating Opportunities for African American Women over 50 to engage in Sexual Health Discussions

Session 1HCV Elimination: What Will It Take?

  • Innovation and Equity: Navigating HCV Care in VA
  • What Will It Take to Eliminate HCV Among HIV-Positive San Franciscans?
  • The Beginning of the End: Implementing Routine HCV Testing in the U.S.-Mexico Border
     

Session 2Lessons Learned, Integration Opportunities from HIV

  • AIDSVu and HepVu: Visualizing HIV and HCV to End the Epidemics
  • Overview of Sexual Transmission of HCV for HIV-Infected MSM
  • Applying Strategies from Universal HIV Screening to Birth Cohort HCV Screening…FQHC Network
     

Session 3HCV and People Who Inject Drugs

  • Hepatitis C Elimination in Drug Using Populations: What Will It Take
  • Hep C Medical Case Management for People Experiencing Homelessness and People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)
  • First Things First: Providing Wound Care for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in Hawaii

Session 1: Tobacco Harm Reduction Efforts in the LGBT Community

  • A Trauma Informed Approach to Smoking and Harm Reduction in LGBTQ Communities

     


Session 2: LGBTQ Health Equity

  • Creating Space to Achieve LGBTQ Health Equity within the Florida Department of Health Orange County
  • Shout Out AZ: Development and Implementation of a Statewide LGBTQ Health Assessment
  • Garden State Equality’s Map and Expand Project
     

Session 3: Health Equity, Emotional Health, Sexual Health Among LGBT Populations

  • Supporting Sexual Wellness in LGBT Older Adults
    – Improving Health Equity for LGBTQ Persons
    – Emotionally Focused Therapy: A Key to LGBTQ and Wellness

Session 1: Innovations Interventions to Engage Young MSM in of Color in the HIV Prevention and Care Continuum

  • CHEMSEX: Meth Use Among Black Gay Men and HIV  
  • HIV, STI, and PrEP Screening Among YMSM and Transgender Youth in the Chicago House Ball Communities
  • The New Narrative Project (2NP): An HIV Prevention Intervention Targeting Young Black Gay Men
     

Session 2Defining Masculinity in MSM Communities of Color

  • Gentlemen Respecting and Interacting in Truth: Healthy Black Masculinity
  • Drivers of Sexual Health Knowledge for Two-Spirit, Gay, Bi and/or Native MSM
     

Session 3: Medical Care and Services to Address HIV, HCV, STI and Sexual Health

  • Linkage to Medical Care and Services for HIV+ MSM of Color through a Multi-site CDC Funded Initiative
  • Addressing HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis to Open the Gates to Sexual Health for Black and Latino MSM

Session 1: HIV Criminalization and Activism

  • HIV Criminalization and PLWHIV Networks
  • SYNCing Activism, Advocacy, and Organizing Through HIV Criminalization Modernization
     

Session 2: Putting Talk into Action to Foster Civic Engagement

  • Reducing Harm, Expanding Access, & Ensuring Equal Justice by Fostering Good Civic Health
  • Health Equity: Putting Talk into Action
     

Session 3: Advocacy on Federal and Regional Levels

  • Value of Voices in Federally-Focused Advocacy for HIV, HCV, and STIs
  • Leadership in Action: Community Advocates Redefining MIPA in the South for the 21st Century

Session 1: African Americans and PrEP: Overcoming the Uptake Challenges

  • PrEP and PEP Knowledge and Acceptance Among At-Risk African Americans
  • From Prevention to Prescription: The Challenges of Prescribing PrEP to Women of Color
  • Innovative Approaches to PrEP Education for Black Women in Washington, D.C.
     

Session 2: Using Data to Implement PrEP

  • Focused Qualitative Interviews with Whitman-Walker Health Patients
  • Assessing the Feasibility of Data to Care Activities in Relation to PrEP Clinical Care
  • Pathways to Prevention: An Observational Study of HIV Pre-expsoure Prophylaxis in an Urban Community-based Setting
     

Session 3: Implications of PrEP in the Real World

  • PrEP is Here, Why Aren’t We?
  • HIV Positive and on PrEP: Wait … What?

Session 2Women and Intimate Partner Violence

  • Remove the Bandages: Learning from the Dual Identities of Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Women Living with HIV

Session 3To Be Announced

Each track will feature three sessions. Some sessions will have additional presentations announced shortly. In addition, SYNC 2019 will include four plenary sessions and six institutes. Topics and speakers will be announced shortly.

SYNC Sessions

With an overwhelming number of outstanding abstract submissions, we are offering special SYNC sessions on critical, crosscutting topics that are relevant to HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBT health. Topics include telemedicine, climate change, social determinants of health, and sexual health as well as education related to commercial sex workers and incarcerated populations. You will certainly find a SYNC session to pique your interest. SYNC sessions will be held Monday, April 15, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM as follows: 

Disaster/Climate Change

  • A Ticket to Death: Experiences of Being Diagnosed with HIV in Puerto Rico
    Presented by Ilia Maria Otero-Cruz

     
  • Needs of Transgender Populations in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
    Presented by Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz

     
  • Experiences of Young Men Accessing HIV Treatment in Puerto Rico
    Presented by Damian Cabrera-Candelaria

     

Telemedicine

  • Development and Implementation of an Integrated Model of Sustainable HCV Care through Telemedicine Rural Appalachian Region 
    Presented by Jacqueline Sherbuk

     
  • Hepatitis C and HIV Telehealth Clinic at Franciscan Health Hammond
    Presented by Juliette Holliman

     
  • Impact of Healthvana Digital Engagement on HIV Primary Care Appointment Outcomes 
    Presented by Henna Patani

     
  • The Impact of Innovative App and Home Testing Methods in HIV and STI Positivity Rates for PrEP Patients
    Presented by Melissa Hawkins

     

Corrections

  • The State of HIV and HCV in Correction and Post Correctional Populations
    Presented by Marcus Hopkins

     
  • Reducing Viral Hepatitis and HIV Transmission Through Harm Reduction Education in Prisons and Jails
    Presented by Mandy Altman

     
  • Building and Implementing a Rural Case Management Prison Linkage System
    Presented by Erica Hubert

     
  • Increasing HIV Awareness and Prevention within Correctional Settings in Los Angeles County 
    Presented by Siddharth Raich

Trauma

  • Trauma Informed HR Practices: Becoming Trauma Informed Care Champions
    Presented by Rhonda Harris and Alexandra Valentine

     
  • Transforming Transitional Housing Using a Trauma Informed and Harm Reduction Approach
    Presented by Veronica Sanders

     

CQI – Continuous Quality Improvement

  • Enhancing HIV Care Through a Statewide Collaborative: Lessons Learned from Alabama
    Presented by Ashley Tarrant

     
  • Rigorously Using Evaluation Strategies to Improve Reach and Focus of New Medial Outreach
    Presented by Anthony Freeman
     
  • Ready to Serve: A Quality Assurance Initiative for NYCs PrEP/PEP Online Provider Directory
    Presented by Maria Ma

     

Sexual Health  

  • When Sex Isn’t Cis: A Collaborative Panel Discussion on Sexual Health for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Communities
    Presented by Cara Wood

     
  • Data Informed Interventions: Combatting the Increase in Syphilis Among Women in Houston/Harris County
    Presented by Chelsea Frand

     
  • Sexual Health Communications among Women of Faith: A Discussion for Holistic Health in Congregations
    Presented by Tanya Henderson

     
  • Leveraging STD and HIV Prevention Partnerships to End the Epidemic
    Presented by Taryn Coulture

     
  • Disparities in Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among American Indians and Alaskan Natives
    Presented by Andria Apostolou

     

Faith

  • Transgender Spirituality, Sexuality, and the Scripts(ures): A Discussion on How Sexually Scriptures Influence
    Presented by Diedre Gray

     
  • Our Outcry for Religion Not to Leave Us Behind
    Presented by Ian Haddock

     
  • When the Walls Fall: HIV In the Church
    Presented by Tony Christon-Walker

     

Social Determinants of Health

  • Impact of Unstable Housing on Health Outcomes for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Clients
    Presented by Avery Latham

     
  • Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Living with HIV in New York State to Ensure Viral Suppression
    Presented by Rick Cook

 
Social Media

  • Dissemination of HIV Education Using HIV Focused Graphic Serial Via Social Media and an Online Comic Forum
    Presented by Mark Thomas

     
  • Improving Adherence to PrEP Through Real-Time Monitoring Paired with Personalized, Automated Text Interventions
    Presented by Christian Klimas

     

Biomedical

  • Characterizing HIV Dynamics in Washington, DC using Next-Generation Sequencing
    Presented by Keylie Gibson

     

Sex Workers

  • Community/Government Partnerships in Addressing Health and Safety Need of Sex Workers
    Presented by John Meade

     

Safety for LGBT Communities

  • Adapting and Tailoring Seeking Safety for LGBT Communities: What Works?
    Presented by Queen Victoria Ortega

Posters

She Speaks: Intersection of HIV-STD/IPV 
Presented by Karen Washington