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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

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15th Texas HIV-STD Conference - 4:00 Tuesday Breakout Sessions

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A3: Round Table Discussions, San Antonio Room

Medical Monitoring Project

Taiwo Fasoranti, M.D.
Epidemiologist-Provider Liaison
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Dr. Taiwo Fasoranti is the Epidemiologist and Provider Liaison attached to the HMMP. He has over 14 years of experience in the field of clinical research and public health/preventive medicine. He attended the University of Ibadan Nigeria, and completed a pre med program with an associate degree in biochemistry. He then went on to receive a medical doctorate from the Obafemi Awolowo University School of Medicine, Ile-Ife Nigeria. Since graduation, he has held positions as clinical research manager and project manager at the North Incorporation for Total Health and Novum Pharmaceuticals, respectively. He recently received the Joel L. Martinez HIV/AIDS Treatment/Community Advocacy Scholarship Award as a result of his advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS.

A. Mark Heinzke
Data Manager, Medical Monitoring Project
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

A. Mark Heinzke has worked with DSHS for 15 years. He has worked on automating the collection of data for Patient Counseling Partner Elicitation (PCPE) and as the Data Manager for HIV Education Risk Reduction (HERR). He later was the data manager for the special projects, Adult Spectrum of Disease (ASD), and Supplement to HIV and AIDS Surveillance (SHAS). Heinzke is currently the Data Manager for the Medical Monitoring Project; a new surveillance project that is designed to collect information from HIV/AIDS patients who receive care from randomly selected HIV care providers.

Osaro Mgbere, Ph.D.
Biostatistician/Data Manager, Houston Medical Monitoring Project (HMMP)
Houston Health Department and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Dr. Osaro Mgbere has more than 15 years of remarkable experience in database development, data management, and statistical analysis that spans academic and research institutions through public health agencies. He is also a visiting Associate Professor at the University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria and has over 35 scientific publications in learned journals, conference proceedings, and technical reports. Dr. Mgbere has served as Consultant Biometrician to many international organizations. He is currently an Epidemiologist-Biostatistician at the Houston Department of Health and Human Services and serves as the Data Manager for Houston Medical Monitoring Project (HMMP), a new surveillance project that is designed to collect information from HIV/AIDS patients who receive care from randomly selected HIV care providers.

Sylvia L. Odem, M.P.H.
Project Coordinator/Epidemiologist
HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Sylvia Odem is the Project Coordinator for the Medical Monitoring Project, the first statewide supplemental surveillance project to look at both clinical outcomes and behavioral activities in conjunction. She previously coordinated the Supplement to HIV/AIDS Surveillance (SHAS) project in Texas (2000-2004) and in Los Angeles, California (1995-1997), a patient interview project. She also coordinated the Adult Spectrum of Disease (ASD) project in Texas (1999-2004), a medical chart review data collection project. Prior to her work in HIV/AIDS, she worked on research projects related to prenatal care access and the use of hospital education centers.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Management Information System (STD*MIS)

Karen Arrowood
STD*MIS Coordinator
HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Karen Arrowood is the MIS and Surveillance Specialist for the DSHS HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. She has been working for CDC in the field of HIV/STD for 14 years. Prior to her current position, she was an MIS and Surveillance Specialist for CDC in Atlanta.

Emerging Issues in Partner Elicitation

Mary Banski, Ph.D.
Curriculum Developer
HIV/STD Comprehensive Services Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Dr. Mary Banski has been doing HIV/STD prevention work for three years and public health work for five. She has over 15 years of study in the field of interpersonal and family communication. She is interested in the intersection of cultural and societal influences, such as the media and the impact on family and interpersonal relationships. Her recent work at DSHS has been in the implementation of the protocol-based counseling program, revising the PCM/CRCS course and assisting the Public Information and Education Team with special projects. For the past nine months, she has been involved in a special workgroup examining partner elicitation in Texas.

Integrating HIV in Family Planning Clinics – Benefits and Barriers

Alex A. Fisher, M.Ed.
Program Specialist
Community Health Services Section
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Alex Fisher is a program specialist with the DSHS Preventive and Primary Care Unit. She works with family planning contractors to help integrate HIV screening, testing and referrals. Before coming to the State, she was a disease intervention specialist and HIV counselor with Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services.

Is Collaboration Making the Connection to HIV Prevention?

Susan Melone, M.B.A.
Capacity Building Assistance Trainer
Community Health Outreach Workers, Inc.
Detroit, Michigan

Susan Melone has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention for three and a half years, first as a community planner for the Linking Individuals into Networks for Knowledge and Services (LINKS) Project funded by CDC and now as the LINKS 2 HIV Prevention Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Trainer. She is a health educator with the Education Development Intervention Training (EDIT) Program presenting information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, hepatitis A/B/C, and tuberculosis. She also provides counseling, testing and referrals for those at risk for HIV/AIDS and other STDs. Melone has worked for Community Health Outreach Workers (CHOW) for three and a half years. She received a master in business administration from Central Michigan University in 2001. Before CHOW, she was a Human Resource Manager for five years. Melone currently serves on Michigan's Women on AIDS Committee and is an active member of the Empowerment Zone Coalition.

B3: Engaging High Risk Clients: Successful CRCS Recruitment and Retention, San Marcos Room

This presentation is intended to educate conference attendees about how to increase the effectiveness of recruitment and retention activities for Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) programs. Each year, LCHS provides 200 HIV-positive individuals and their partners who are engaging in high risk behaviors with individualized CRCS. After evaluating the difference between graduates and unsuccessful discharges in our program during the past four years, it has become clear that the key components for lasting behavioral change are the establishment of rapport and trust between the client and counselor, and the identification, development, and maintenance of client motivation via implementation of a variety of activities related to sexual/IDU risk reduction.

Attendees will learn how to focus their outreach efforts to address their targeted audience, how to determine what motivates a client to sign up for CRCS programming based on the Factors Influencing their Risk Behaviors (FIBS), and how to engage in successful social networking. In addition, the presenters will examine factors and activities that will assist clients to remain motivated to attend CRCS programming and remain focused on risk reduction. Finally, common challenges to recruitment and retention will be explored and suggestions offered for successful resolution of these challenges.

Kristina Arscott, L.M.S.W.
Social Services Supervisor
Legacy Community Health Services
Houston Texas

Kristina Arscott has worked as an HIV social worker since 1999 and for Houston's Legacy Community Health Services for the past five years. She is currently a Social Services Supervisor at Legacy Community Health Services, overseeing both the CDC and DSHS funded CRCS programs. She also oversees an outreach team for the "Seniors Preparing for their Rainbow Years" program, a mental health outreach program for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities, in collaboration with Montrose Counseling Center. Kristina received the 2005 Employee of the Year Award. She has made presentations at national refugee/asylee conferences about how to develop and maintain collaborative efforts to provide culturally competent HIV care for newly arrived immigrants.

Michelle (Micki) Washburn M.A., L.P.C.-Intern
Prevention Intervention Specialist
Legacy Community Health Services
Houston, Texas

Micki Washburn is a Prevention Intervention Specialist with Legacy Community Health Services' Positive Options Program. She is currently involved in community-based client recruitment along with counseling for the program. She has done numerous presentations to local service providers and health care professionals about programs at Legacy Community Health Services. Washburn has a background in multicutural psychology, teaching, and SMART recovery, as well as experience with brief interventions, conflict resolution, and adolescent counseling.

C3: Containing Socio Sexual Networks of Syphilis: Out of the Box Approaches, Sabine Room

During September 2005, Houston identified an emergence of early syphilis cases among female sex workers and crack cocaine users in a specific geographical area of Houston. This occurrence would normally be addressed by deploying the City of Houston's HIV/STD mobile clinic. This episode of cases emerged while the City of Houston was engaged in relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. The city's mobile clinic had been deployed to facilitate adult and childhood immunization efforts for evacuees.

The Bureau of HIV/STD Prevention was charged with the development of an intervention strategy to contain and control this emerging network of syphilis within the community in the absence of the mobile clinic. To address this issue, staff collaborated both internally and with external stakeholders to arrange to conduct clinical activities at a motel located in the target area.

Even when traditional resources are diverted to address a natural disaster, syphilis control efforts can be maintained through collaborative efforts and outside of the box approaches. Utilizing these types of innovative methods to meet the challenges of controlling syphilis and other STDs has served as a model to be used by the City of Houston's Health Department to address other community health issues.

Larry J. Prescott
Syphilis Elimination Coordinator
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Larry Prescott has worked for the City of Houston STD Prevention Program since 1995 and has served as the Syphilis Elimination Coordinator since 2000. He has conducted presentations throughout Houston, the eight-city summit, and has served as a syphilis consultant to CDC. Prescott has been involved with every aspect of syphilis elimination since Houston was named as a high morbidity area. He serves as the focal person for most of Houston's interventions and also serves as coordinator for Houston's Syphilis Elimination Advisory Committee.

Amanda Kubala, M.P.H.
Epidemiologist
Houston Department of Health and Human Services, STD Surveillance
Houston, Texas

Amanda Kubala has been employed as an epidemiologist with the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services since 2004. Her primary focus areas include syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. She is also an active member of Houston's Syphilis Elimination Advisory Committee and the HIV Community Planning Group.

D3: Latest Developments in HPV and Cervical Cancer/Gardasil ® (Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus (Types 6,11,16,18) Recombinant Vaccine), Trinity B

A representative from Merck Vaccine Division, the manufacturer of the new HPV vaccine, Gardasil®, will provide a brief overview for healthcare professionals. No continuing education will be offered for this presentation.

Andrea Stricklin
Public Sector Manager
Merck Vaccine Division

Andrea Stricklin is a Public Sector Manager with Merck Vaccine Division.

E3: Update: Texas HIV Medication Program - Medicare Part D - HIV/AIDS State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP), Trinity A

The presentation will discuss changes in Medicare Part D that are scheduled for 2007. The interface between the Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) and Medicare Part D will also be reviewed. The feasibility of implementing a State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP) for Texans with HIV/AIDS will be reviewed and progress to date on the project will be shared. Benefits of an SPAP for clients and THMP will be discussed.

Dwayne R. Haught, M.S.N., A.C.R.N.
Manager
Texas HIV Medication Program
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Dwayne Haught has been working in the field of HIV since 1982. He managed a large, HIV-specialty, primary care clinic in Austin for nine years. He has been the manager of the Texas HIV Medication Program for the past five years.

John Allen
Operations Manager
Texas HIV Medication Program
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

John Allen has worked for the Texas HIV Medication Program since 1990. He assists the Program Manager with the oversight of day-to-day operations within the THMP.

Katherine Wells
Data Manager
Texas HIV Medication Program
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Katherine Wells is the Data Manger for the Texas HIV Medication Program at DSHS. She has been with DSHS since 2001, the last two of which have been with THMP.

Becky Ruiz, B.S.W.
Client Services Manager
Texas HIV Medication Program
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Becky Ruiz is the Client Services Manager for the Texas HIV Medication Program at DSHS. She has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS for 16 years, 14 of which were as a Case Manager for AIDS Services of Austin. She has been with THMP since 2005.

F3: Medical Case Management in an Urban HIV/AIDS Clinic, Concho Room

Successful medical treatment of HIV/AIDS requires a coordinated interdisiplinary approach that is led by the medical provider and may include mental health providers, providers of low or no cost medications, and basic needs providers for food, clothing, shelter and transportation. The medical case manager's plan starts with the medical treatment plan established by the medical provider. The psycho-social assessment conducted by the medical case manager must then be tied to the medical treatment plan to provide an environment in which treatment outcomes are more likely to occur. Persons attending this presentation will have a better understanding of the differences and similarities between the work conducted by a nurse case manager and a social services case manager.

Dennis B. Nelson, L.M.S.W.- A.P.
Medical Social Worker
David Powell Community Health Center
Austin, Texas

Dennis Nelson has been the Intake Coordinator - Medical Social Worker at the David Powell Clinic from 1994 to 2006. He also served two sessions as Clinic Manager for a total of 11 months. Nelson served on the Title I Planning Council from April 2002 to April 2004, as well as the Title II Planning Council from November 2002 to February 2006.

G3: Paso del Norte Study: Risk Behaviors and Infectious Disease Prevalence Among IDU, Pecos Room

The Paso Del Norte collaborative was a group formed to develop better strategies for prevention of infectious disease in the tri-city region of El Paso, Juárez, and Las Cruces by quantifying the prevalence of infectious diseases and risk factors among injection drug users (IDU). This presentation will describe the Paso del Norte collaborative group and study, an unprecedented collaboration of two U.S. states and one Mexican state. It is a model of collaboration both between states and countries but also between local, regional, and state health department staff and local agencies.

The Paso del Norte study had three phases, one in each jurisdiction. Data collection in El Paso was the third phase. The prevalence of hepatitis A, B, and C; HIV; and syphilis among IDU was measured in each site. The El Paso site also screened for tuberculosis. The study characterized the population engaged in high risk behaviors; measured the prevalence of risk factors for infectious diseases common among IDU including drug use, sharing syringes, and sexual behaviors; examined cross-border movement especially as related to risky behavior; assessed demographics; determined access to and use of health care services (including prevention, testing, and treatment); and measured knowledge of disease status and risk factors. The respondent driven sampling (RDS) methodology used in this study will be described. Both behavioral and disease prevalence data from the El Paso site will be presented and uses of the data to target prevention interventions, inform surveillance strategies, and guide public health policy will be discussed.

Sharon K. Melville, M.D., M.P.H.
Manager
HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Dr. Sharon Melville received a medical doctorate in 1985 and a master of public health in epidemiology in 1991. She has worked in the field of HIV and STD for over 10 years. She joined DSHS (then Texas Department of Health) in November 1996. She is currently Manager of the HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. The HIV/AIDS Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch has responsibility for statewide disease surveillance for HIV/AIDS and STDs. The Branch is also responsible for conducting special surveillance activities; epidemiologic investigations; data collection, analysis, and dissemination of HIV/AIDS and STD data; program evaluation and data collection; management, analysis, and dissemination of HIV/STD program-related data, including HIV counseling and testing data, data on HIV/AIDS prevention, and data on clinical and social services. Dr. Melville is currently Principal Investigator (PI) on the HIV/AIDS Surveillance and Serosurveillance Cooperative Agreement that includes Core Surveillance, Texas Incidence Surveillance and the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance activities. She is also PI on the Paso Del Norte Study, Enhanced Perinatal Surveillance, the Medical Morbidity Project and Web-Based HIV Risk Behavior Surveillance Among Men Who Have Sex With Men.

Sonia Arbona, Ph.D.
Epidemiologist
HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Dr. Sonia Arbona is the coordinator for the Paso del Norte Study. She has worked as an epidemiologist in the field of HIV and STD since she joined the Texas Department of Health, now DSHS, in 1998. She received a Ph.D. in geography in 1991, specializing in medical geography. She has conducted research investigations applying methodologies from the fields of geography and epidemiology. Research related to this presentation include: incidence of tuberculosis in Puerto Rico, forecast of the diffusion of AIDS in Puerto Rico, and access to health care services in Esquipulas, Guatemala. After joining DSHS, her work has focused on epidemiological studies on HIV and STDs in Texas either as the lead project coordinator or as a collaborator.

Douglas A. Shehan
Research Scientist
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Douglas Shehan has served for more than ten years as the Program Manager for HIV Epidemiology Research and Behavioral Studies, of the Community Prevention and Intervention Unit, UT Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School. His current activities include local management of national HIV behavioral surveillance, web-based HIV behavioral surveillance, HIV incidence surveillance, surveillance of variant and atypical resistant HIV strains, and other epidemiology activities to support HIV prevention and services.

Marie Camacho Bellows
Clinical Data Specialist
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Marie Camacho Bellows has worked in the field of STDs, reproductive health, and HIV for 13 years. She has spent three years as a member of the Community Prevention and Intervention Unit at the UT Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School. She has worked in HIV Incidence Surveillance, Variant and Atypical Resistant HIV Surveillance, and HIV Testing and Risk Reduction.

H3: A Reality Check to the "Down Low" Phenomenon: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, Ballroom A

This presentation will present a cross-cultural perspective to male sexuality and sexual activities. It will explore how sexual activities are basically the same across cultures, but the interpretation or acceptance of the behavior may vary from culture to culture. The presentation will include examples from historical and contemporary perspectives to explore the undisclosed sexual lives of African American, Hispanic, and White males.

Chris Wilkie, D.H.S.
Community Health Program Manager
Resource Center of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Chris Wilkie is the Community Health Program Manager for the Resource Center of Dallas. He has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS and STDs for more than five years. He has an extremely strong academic background in human sexuality and public health. After completing his graduate work, he went on to complete a nationally recognized board certification as a sexologist through the American College of Sexology. He is also an active member of several community coalitions and planning bodies including, but not limited to, the North Central Texas Community Planning Group, the North Texas Prevention/Services Coalition, and the Dallas County Syphilis Elimination Coalition. Over the past several years he has presented at universities, state conferences, and national conferences.

Ruben Ramirez, A.A.S., B.A., B.S., M.A.
Latino Health Programs Coordinator
Resource Center of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Ruben Ramirez works with the Latino community and Hispanic-oriented organizations and agencies to better understand the critical risk factors associated with HIV and the Latino MSM population and to provide that population with effective prevention programming. A former English-as-a-second-language teacher for academically at-risk kids, Ramirez facilitates a monthly HIV prevention support group for Spanish-speaking, gay, Latino men and supervises and participates in outreach to Hispanic MSM at bars and other locales. Ramirez is also a risk reduction specialist, providing HIV risk reduction sessions and testing to Spanish speakers and others. In order to spread the word about HIV/AIDS in the community, he has been called on for several interviews by local Spanish radio and television stations, both secular and religious, and his work has been featured in articles of Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex newspapers. He is the Latino Health Programs Coordinator for the Resource Center of Dallas.

K. Osiris Wade
Assistant Planning Council Coordinator
Tarrant County Public Health
Fort Worth, Texas

K. Osiris Wade began his career in this field in 1993 as an artist advocate and activist. He wrote his first one-act play the same year on the importance of prevention, protection, and disclosure for young adults, which was performed on the campus of Prairie View A&M. In 1995, he starred in the Broadway acclaimed hit Angels in America, as a graduate student in Boulder, Colorado. He and the production earned several nominations for the piece. He entered the field of HIV prevention, disease education, and treatment, and has worked for several AIDS service organizations before moving to his current position as Assistant Council Coordinator for the North Central HIV Planning Council. He has been presenting and facilitating groups on the subject the "DL Phenomenon" and men's sexual health for the last four years.

I3: Recruiting, Training, Maintaining, and Evaluating Volunteers, Ballroom B

In the beginning most agencies were volunteer driven. Volunteers were dedicated to the cause, willing to do most anything and the need for volunteers was great. Today the picture is different. Agency needs for volunteers are more defined and professional. Volunteers have also changed. What brings a person to volunteer and our need might not be the same. Learn how to use some basic factors which drive people to want to 'help out' and match them with your needs. With funding tight, our need to revisit the volunteer opportunities can be the difference in providing a service or not.

Jamie Schield, B.S., M.P.H.A.
Planning Coordinator
North Central Texas Planning Council
Fort Worth, Texas

Jamie Schield is an elder in the field of HIV. Some say emeritus, some say dowinger queen. He has been a volunteer, frontline staff, executive director, HIV planner, CPG chair, federal grant reviewer, politico and activist. He is most proud of still being a volunteer.

J3: TX/OK AETC Border Issues Track: Challenges for HIV Health Care Practitioners Regarding Domestic Violence on the U.S./Mexico Border, Wedgewood Room

Domestic violence is a significant, underlying cause of poor health and a serious public health issue. In addition to putting women at increased risk for physical harm, victims of domestic violence are also at risk for increased health problems either through escalation of chronic illnesses or through development of new stress-related illnesses.

Identifying the presence of domestic violence and the effects it has on women's health is challenging for medical providers because the patient may present with variety of symptoms, or vague symptoms that do not fit any particular profile. When someone is being abused, her health is often not her main priority. She may not realize how the stress of living with domestic violence is affecting her healthcare, so she may underestimate the impact on her health and fail to tell the provider symptoms she is experiencing. Domestic violence can also affect compliance in that she may not remember to take her medication, or may be prevented by her abuser.

Medical providers can play a vital role in helping stop violence against women. This presentation will describe ways to screen for domestic violence in patients who are HIV positive or have AIDS. Recognition that a patient is a victim of domestic violence, allows the provider to make appropriate referrals for other social and legal services the patient may need. The importance of networking with local and regional domestic violence agencies will be discussed, as well as ways to increase patient safety to help prevent severe injury or death.

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Ellen Elliston, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., C.D.V.C.
Manager
Victim Intervention Program/Rape Crisis Center, Parkland Health & Hospital System
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Ellen Elliston has been Manager for the Victim Intervention Program (VIP) / Rape Crisis in the Parkland Health & Hospital System since 2004. She has been an adjunct professor for the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work since 1997.

Gishela Alfaro, M.A., L.P.C.I.
Bilingual Crisis Counselor
Victim Intervention Program/Rape Crisis Center, Parkland Health & Hospital System
Dallas, Texas

Gishela Alfaro is a Bilingual Crisis Counselor at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas. She obtained a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Texas in San Antonio and a master of arts in community counseling from St. Mary's University. She is currently working on a doctorate in public health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences. Her professional experience involves working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex and labor trafficking, and victims of torture from foreign countries.

 

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