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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 Poster Exhibits

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The Black Faith Based Initiative

This poster exhibit will provide information on the Black Faith Based Health Initiative, a collaborative effort of Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department and other AIDS Service Organizations in Travis County, created in order to increase awareness of the continued spread of HIV/AIDS in the Austin/Travis County African American community. This program has been successful in reaching a population historically inaccessible, unreceptive, and unresponsive to current prevention efforts. Since 2002, this initiative has collaborated with over 50 churches and faith-based organizations within the Austin area.

Sam Price
Educator
Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services
Austin, Texas

Sam Price is an educator with the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services' African American Quality of Life Health Initiative. He also coordinates the Black Faith Based Health Initiative in the Austin/Travis County area.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Trends in Houston/Harris County, Texas

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services has been reporting cases of AIDS since 1983 and HIV since 1999 in accordance with Texas state laws. Detailed data on HIV and AIDS diagnoses through 2005 will be presented in graphical, tabular, and map form. How the data can be used for planning HIV prevention and treatment services will be discussed.

Jeffrey A. Meyer, M.D., M.P.H.
Epidemiologist Supervisor
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Dr. Jeffrey Meyer has been working as the data manager for HIV/AIDS Surveillance with the Bureau of Epidemiology, Houston Department of Health and Human Services since April 2003. He also has 10 years of experience working as the information manager for the AIDS Helpline for Health Professionals, a project of the AIDS Education and Training Center for Texas and Oklahoma.

Jerald Harms, M.P.H., C.A.R.T.
Epidemiologist Supervisor
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Jerald Harms began to do HIV/AIDS surveillance in 1989 as an epidemiologist with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS). He has supervised HIV/AIDS Case Ascertainment for the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program in the HDHHS since 1991. Harms collaborates with the HDHHS STD Surveillance Program in the supervision of the HIV Public Health Follow-up Project. He has also supervised supplemental surveillance activities such as Enhanced Perinatal Surveillance and the Survey of HIV Disease and Care.

Yvonne Lu, M.D., M.P.H.
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Dr. Yvonne Lu has worked as an epidemiologist performing data analysis for the past three years in HIV/AIDS Surveillance with the Bureau of Epidemiology, Houston Department of Health and Human Services. She previously worked four years in birth defect surveillance and cancer registry and seven years teaching preventive medicine.

Marcia Wolverton, M.P.H.
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Marcia Wolverton has been working as an epidemiologist manager with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services since 2003. She is responsible for managing and providing oversight for the activities of HIV/AIDS Surveillance and CDC funded special projects. From 2001 through 2003, she worked for the Texas Department of Health as a manager in the HIV Surveillance Branch. She planned, assigned, and supervised epidemiological and statistical activities and supervised special projects staff (project managers for ASD, SHAS, and PSD).

The ABCs of Hepatitis

This poster exhibit will provide information on t he epidemiology of hepatitis A, B, and C in Texas and the prevention measures, risk factors, and modes of transmission for each form of hepatitis. Information on co-infections will also be presented.

Rita Espinoza, M.P.H.
Epidemiologist
Infectious Disease Control Unit
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Rita Espinoza joined DSHS in 2000 as the epidemiologist for the Immunization Division. After 4½ years in that position, she joined the Infectious Disease Control Unit to serve as the epidemiologist responsible for the antibiotic resistant organisms and vaccine-preventable diseases. She has served as the Statewide Hepatitis B Coordinator for the past five years. She has given both oral and poster presentations at national and state conferences.

Gary Heseltine, M.D., M.P.H.
Epidemiologist
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Dr. Gary Heseltine has worked for DSHS for the last six years as an epidemiologist in the Infectious Disease Control Unit. His current areas of responsibility are hepatitis, blood borne pathogens, and some childhood illnesses.

Quality Management

This poster exhibit will provide information on quality management.

Susan Traynor, B.S.N., R.N., C.A.R.N.
Quality Management Specialist
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Susan Traynor has been a registered nurse for 30 years. She is a certified addiction registered nurse with diverse experience in private and public entities that includes behavioral health, public health, medical, and bureaucratic. Her first introduction to HIV was in 1985 as a pulmonary nurse. She has worked in quality management for Medicaid Managed Care, Family and Community Health, and the former Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

MRSA: What You Need to Know

This poster exhibit will provide information on the p revention, treatment, and containment of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections .

Sky Newsome, C.H.E.S.
Program Specialist
Infectious Disease Control Unit
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Case Management for Children and Pregnant Women

Information on the Case Management for Children and Pregnant Women Program will be presented. The exhibitor will describe how the program functions as a resource for all programs dealing with children and pregnant women who are Medicaid eligible and have unmet needs. Information on who the current providers are and how to become a provider for the program will also be provided.

This poster exhibit will provide information on who is eligible, who provides the service, what the service is, when services are available, why your program should be aware of our services, where services can be provided, and how to access the service.

Bob Johnson, R.N.
Case Management Consultant
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Bob Johnson has been involved in health services delivery since the early 1970s beginning as an orderly and ambulance driver for a small county hospital in Central Texas before attending nursing school. He began his career as an R.N. on the pediatric ward at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Johnson has had a varied working career serving as a charge nurse in what became the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler and others. He served as the Patient Services Coordinator at Gladewater Municipal Hospital. After moving to Austin in the late 1980s, Johnson worked with the TDH Chronically Ill and Dependent Children's (CIDC) Program (now known as CSHCN, Children with Special Health Care needs) and later for the Medicaid Managed Care Program as a nurse consultant. He currently works at DSHS with the Family and Children's Health Care Division in the Children and Pregnant Women Case Management Program as a case management consultant. Actively involved in programs affecting accessibility of services issues, he serves on several panels such as the Advocacy and Outreach subcommittee of the Texas Diabetes Council, the Asthma Coalition of Texas (as Treasurer), and on the Brain Injury Association of Texas Board of Directors.

Children With Special Health Care Needs

This poster exhibit will provide information about program eligibility and program services for children with chronic medical conditions.

Melissa Short
Program Specialist
Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Melissa Short has been with the DSHS Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program (CSHCN) for the last six years. She has worked on the program's toll-free line, offering direct assistance to CSHCN clients and the general public. Short recently started working in the System Development Section, working with CSHCN contractors and authorizing family support services.

Department of State Health Services Professional Licensing and Certification Unit

This poster exhibit will provide information on the materials that are available at the DSHS Mental Health and Substance Abuse Information Center, and the LCDC licensure process.

Mark Spacht, L.C.D.C.
Clinical Training Coordinator
Professional Licensing and Certification Unit
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Mark Spacht is the Training Coordinator for DSHS Offender Education. He has been with the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA), now DSHS, since March 2001. Spacht has over 20 years of experience in the chemical dependency counseling and mental health field. He obtained his Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor (CADAC) certification in 1987, and has held a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) certification since its inception in 1992. Spacht has served in a variety of leadership positions in residential treatment programs for adolescents and adults, working with many clients who were involved in the criminal justice system. Directly prior to joining the Offender Education Department at TCADA, he worked as the Coordinator of Travis County Counseling and Education Services Intake Office, supervising counselors handling substance abuse and family violence assessments and referrals.

Kidney Health Care

This poster exhibit will provide information on The Kidney Health Care Program, including benefits, qualifications to become a recipient, and application procedures.

Margarita D. Balderas
Information Specialist
Purchased Health Services Unit- Kidney Health Care
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Margarita Balderas is an information specialist with the Kidney Health Care Program at DSHS. She works on the administration and revision of the training for the Automated System for Kidney Health Information Tracking (ASKIT). Balderas holds a bachelor of science in sociology from Texas A & M University in College Station.

Make the Connection → LINKS 2 HIV Prevention

This poster exhibit will provide information on making the connection to HIV prevention in resource-challenged environments, illustrating the conceptual framework of Community Health Outreach Workers' ( CHOW) systems-based model and strategy, LINKS 2 HIV Prevention, designed to facilitate increased access to and utilization of HIV prevention services among high risk populations, especially African American men who have sex with men, via strategic collaborations and consensus-driven coalitions between health departments, community-based organizations and other stakeholders.

Walter P. Washington
Capacity Building Assistance Manager
Community Health Outreach Workers, Inc.
Detroit, Michigan

A native of New Orleans, Walter Washington moved to Detroit 15 years ago. He became actively involved in organizing the community to respond to the issues of HIV/AIDS and the general health and welfare of the African American LBGT community, helping to organize Men of Color Motivational Group and Detroit Black LBGT Gay Pride Event. After spending twenty years in hospitality management, Washington has spent the last five years being responsible for the implementation, mobilization and management of a twelve-state coalition of gay, bisexual, MSM, SGL community leaders, activist, HIV prevention direct service providers, administrators of community based organizations and HIV Prevention Community Planning Groups. Currently, Washington is coordinating and organizing national skills-building trainings based upon the CHOW LINKS 2 Prevention Program, which enhances the ability of coalitions to increase community access and utilization of HIV prevention services. It is his mission to convey the importance of making connections with others for the benefit of the people we serve.

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.

Ronald Doe (Rondoe)
Capacity Building Assistance Specialist
Community Health Outreach Workers, Inc.
Detroit, Michigan

A native of Detroit, Rondoe has been involved in HIV/AIDS for 15 years. His early experiences with HIV/AIDS began by caring for friends who had the virus in the mid 1980s. In the 1990s, he volunteered for Men of Color Motivational Group as the Chair secretary as well as worked with several HIV/AIDS organizations. He helped to open the Men of Color offices in 1996, which provided services to African American MSMs and the African American community as a whole. He has served as facilitator of an AA MSM HIV positive support group and chaired the Southeastern Michigan HIV/AIDS Council's (Ryan White Planning Council) People Who Care Committee for six years. He has continued to be a client advocate for those infected with HIV/AIDS in the Detroit Metropolitan areas. Currently, he is working at Community Health Outreach Workers as both a Capacity Building Assistance Trainer and Educator in the Links to HIV Prevention Program. He also provides health education to those in substance abuse about their perceived risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, STDs, TB, and hepatitis. For recreation, Rondoe is a community theater actor where he's been serving for nine years. His motto is: "knowing is half the battle", and "keepin' it real."

Sex Police

This poster exhibit will provide information on the steps taken by a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) to locate partners, suspects, and associates. The poster will also provide information on what a DIS does and how they confidentially contact clients.

Shelley Buchman, M.Ed.
Disease Intervention Specialist
Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services
Austin, Texas 78702

Shelley Buchman has been a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) with the Austin-Travis County Health Department for four years. She has been working in the HIV/STD field for nine years. As a DIS, she has experienced an array of situations that are part of the DIS job. She assists the supervisor in training all new DIS who are hired on to the department.

Feel This!

This poster exhibit will provide information on how to administer medication to clients who are positive for gonorrhea and chlamydia. This poster will also address protocol and policy for implementing the directly-observed therapy (DOT) program.

Ruben Herrera
Disease Intervention Specialist
Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services
Austin, Texas

Ruben Herrera has been a Disease Intervention Specialist with Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services for two years. Previously, he worked as a case manager for The Wright House Wellness Center (local ASO), where he initially was a volunteer. While at The Wright House, Herrera was a part of the Wall Talk Program, where we trained select inmates on HIV/STD facts and fallacies who would then train other inmates. He has worked extensively with the Spanish speaking population to ensure dissemination of accurate, targeted, and appropriate information and resources. Prior to working at an ASO, Herrera began his career as administrative staff at the STD clinic for the City of Austin. He has thus been working in the HIV/STD field for the past seven years. Working for an ASO and now as a DIS has allowed him to become a vital member of the community.

Shelley Buchman, M.Ed.
Disease Intervention Specialist
Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services
Austin, Texas

Shelley Buchman has been a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) with the Austin-Travis County Health Department for four years. She has been working in the HIV/STD field for nine years. As a DIS, she has experienced an array of situations that are part of the DIS job. She assists the supervisor in training all new DIS who are hired on to the department.

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program

The goal of the Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program is to eliminate hepatitis B infections in Texas. The DSHS Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP) consists of identifying HBsAg-positive pregnant women to ensure that the infants of any HBsAg-positive pregnant women receive hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) and hepatitis B vaccine at birth and, subsequently, complete the hepatitis B vaccine series and serological testing. The program also works to identify the mother's contacts and household members and provide immunization, serological testing and educational services, as needed.

Carole Donsbach, R.N., M.P.H.
Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program Coordinator
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Carole Donsbach is the State Perinatal Hepatitis B Program Coordinator and has supervised the implementation of several public health programs for high-risk newborns and their families in cooperation with public health nursing, hospitals and government entities. Donsbach has acquired her nursing expertise in obstetrics, pediatrics, nursing education and public health program coordination through practices in Texas, California and Hawaii. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Texas Woman's University and a master of public health from California State University at Long Beach.

When 1+1?2: TB and HIV Co-Infection

HIV infection greatly impacts the treatment and prognosis of tuberculosis infection; in turn tuberculosis infection directly influences the health outcomes of HIV/AIDS patients. This poster exhibit will give a brief overview of the relationship tuberculosis and HIV have on patient wellbeing and morbidity. Worldwide trends will be noted with special emphasis on Texas.

Mary Long, M.S.P.H.
Training Coordinator
Heartland National TB Center
San Antonio, Texas

Mary Long is a training coordinator with the Heartland National TB Center, a CDC Regional Training and Medical Consultation Center in San Antonio. She is part of a team that is responsible for designing and coordinating TB educational trainings and products for health professionals across a 13 state region of which Texas is one. Previously, Long worked as a medical technologist in clinical microbiology, virology and parasitology.

OUR WHOLE LIVES: Lifespan Sexuality Education

This poster exhibit will provide information on Our Whole Lives, a series of sexuality education curricula for five age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, and adults. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

Mary Chapman McIntosh, M.Ed.
Training Specialist
HIV/STD Comprehensive Services Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Mary McIntosh is a Training Specialist for the DSHS HIV/STD Comprehensive Services Branch and has an extensive background in both sex education and prevention. She has also been certified by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a trainer of trainers for the Our Whole Lives program and teaches the course at the middle school, high school and adult levels.

Adult Bookstores: Getting In The Doorway

This poster exhibit will provide information on what action Austin/Travis County Health officials took when four primary syphilis cases reported the same bookstore as the point of contact. It will illustrate collaboration between the health department and the bookstore/arcade managers and staff to target sexually active individuals in the adult retail industry. Evaluation of the program shows it to be highly successful in “getting in the doorway” of those establishments.

Kay Dreiss, L.S.W.
Public Health Educator
Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services
Austin, Texas

Kay Dreiss has been an employee with the City of Austin for 25 years in various social service and public health capacities. She has worked as an HIV Public Health Educator dealing with high risk, hard to reach populations for the past 18 years.

Hugh A. Ramsey
Outreach Intervention Manager
Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services
Austin, Texas

Hugh Ramsey entered the military serving in the Army Medical Corps as a Preventive Medicine Specialist in the Republic of Vietnam in 1968 following graduation from Stephen F. Austin State University. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Ramsey began work as a Disease Intervention Specialist in the Venereal Disease Division of the Houston Health Department. In 2002, he retired from the Texas Department of Health after 32 years of service in a variety of positions in the field of HIV/STD. Ramsey took a position as Outreach Intervention Manager for Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services in 2002. In his over 35 years of public health service, he has made numerous media appearances, and has presented at national and state STD conferences.

The Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Program

The Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Program provides leadership to enhance the development and implementation of statewide training and certification standards and builds capacity for this public health workforce. CHWs serve as gatekeepers who link public health services to hard-to-reach community residents. In the role of health educators, CHWs may inform their clients of ways to prevent illnesses and teach them how to manage chronic diseases. Experience has shown that CHWs are an effective public health workforce.

Cecilia Berrios, M.A.
Program Administrator
Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

As Program Administrator for the Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program at DSHS Regional and Local Health Services, Cecilia Berrios manages the development and implementation of the statewide training and certification program for Community Health Workers. She also supports the Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee. Berrios served as Coordinator of Informational Media at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for nearly ten years. She holds a master of arts in political science and a bachelor of science in business administration. Native of El Salvador in Central America, Berrios notes that the promotor(a) model is used in pueblos and communities to increase access to primary health care.

Compassion Honesty Respect Excellence Commitment

This poster exhibit will provide information on the services provided by the David Powell Clinic.

Charlie Bowman, L.C.S.W.
Behavioral Health Counselor
David Powell Clinic
Austin, Texas

B4

The purpose of this poster exhibit is to foster the empowerment of African American women through education and prevention of HIV/AIDS and to also activate leadership and advocacy skills in the Black community.

Dora Robinson
Community Outreach Specialist
AIDS Services of Austin
Austin, Texas

An Overview of Maternal Transmission of HIV

This poster exhibit will provide information on an overview of the testing, prevention techniques, and programs to prevent the spread of HIV through maternal transmission in the US and the world. Safety, efficacy, cost effectiveness, and adherence to various treatment and screening programs will be covered. Social norms as a barrier to implementation will also be included.

Bernadette Tretta
UT Houston School of Public Health
10500 Fountain Lake Drive, #536
Stafford, Texas

Effective Mothering Strategies for African American HIV-Positive Women

It is a well-established truth that the incidence of HIV/AIDS is growing at a disproportionate rate in African American, Black American women of childbearing age. Bearing children is not only a western norm, but also a deep structure religious belief and cultural norm for their society. In fact, some women have reported having children in an attempt to not only hide their HIV status, but to validate themselves as a person. The intervention outlined in this poster exhibit focuses on African American, Black HIV positive mothers. It approaches prominent social, cognitive and emotional issues in an attempt to challenge and transform the current fearful and hidden HIV mothering, which often leads to incorporating children into secret keeping and in effect a loss of childhood; into an empowered and strengthened mothering that in turn aids the cognitive development of their children and alters the spread of HIV in this population.

Marsha L. Feske
Epidemiology Graduate Student
University of Texas School of Public Health
Atascocita, Texas

Marsha Feske has a bachelor of science in bio-medical chemistry and is currently an epidemiology graduate student at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. Her poster exhibit is entitled Effective Mothering Strategies for African American HIV Positive Women.

ASA Prevention

This poster exhibit will provide information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, Hep C, and prevention programs that AIDS Services of Austin is currently implementing in the Austin area.

Tametha E. Clark
Community Outreach Specialist
AIDS Services of Austin
Austin, Texas

Condoms Cost Pennies, Denial Costs Lives

This poster exhibit will provide information on HIV in Texas prisons.

Ruth True
ACT UP Austin
Austin, Texas

Improving Health Status: Comparing Two Housing and Intervention Models

This poster exhibit will provide information about improvement of health status among disabled residents of HUD funded permanent housing programs (Shelter Plus Care). Residents in the treatment group were diagnosed with HIV, lived in a service-enriched housing complex, and received intensive case management that utilized Motivational Interviewing and the SF-36 as a case management tool. A comparison group of disabled residents lived in apartments scattered throughout the community and received standard case management. Over a six-month period, the treatment group showed significant improvement on all eight domains of the SF-36 as well as on the Brief Symptom Inventory.

Cathy Crouch, L.C.S.W.
V.P. of Programs/Facilities
SEARCH Homeless Project
Houston, Texas

Inmate Peer Education

Through a powerful peer education program in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, hundreds of male and female inmates have participated in training classes that help them to reduce their risks of HIV, other STDs/STIs, sexual assault, and other health risks. Partners who have made this project possible include TDCJ, the Center for Health Training, AIDS Foundation Houston, Dallas AIDS Arms, the Office on Women's Health and Sage Associates. In the words of one peer educator: "You have made my life have a purpose. I can now give back to the world."

Sandra Rice, M.Ed.
Project Director
Center for Health Training
Austin, Texas

 

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