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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    E-mail the HIV/STD Program

    E-mail data requests to HIV/STD Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, TB, and STDs in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local Health Department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, please contact your local HIV services organization.

17th Texas HIV-STD Conference Agenda Monday Morning

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Pre-Conference Workshops, Monday, May 24, 2010

M1 - HIV and TB
Lisa Y. Armitige, M.D., Ph.D.,
Medical Consultant, Heartland National Tuberculosis Center, San Antonio, Texas
Monday, May 24, 2010, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Brazos Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This workshop will review the basics of tuberculosis (TB) and present the connective epidemiology between TB and HIV and the overall effect co-infection has on the client and the provider. The lecture and interactive workshop targets HIV and STD health care providers and will provide needed education and discussion regarding the TB and HIV connection.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three populations at risk for TB in Texas, the modes of TB transmission, TB diagnosis and treatment
  • Identify at least two areas of similarities for collaboration with HIV and STD service delivery providers
  • List three ways to use current HIV and/or STD surveillance and data collection systems to assist in describing and developing prevention interventions and programs for hepatitis and/or TB infected populations
  • Describe three barriers and three benefits to implementing an integration model for HIV, STD, TB, hepatitis and/or substance abuse and one method for addressing each barrier

M2 - Grant Writing and What Grant Reviewers Look For
Loretta Holland, C.F.R.E.,
Principal and Owner, Prospect Consulting, Austin, Texas
Jamie Schield, B.S., M.P.H.A., Planning Coordinator, North Central Texas HIV Planning Council, Fort Worth, Texas
Monday, May 24, 2010, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Trinity A Room
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Not your ordinary grant writing workshop, this session goes beyond the “Parts of a Grant.” This session delves deeper to help you know what to do before you start writing, gain confidence as a writer and project leader, and understand SMART objectives.

Slides | Slides | Handouts [Slideshare]

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three essential elements of managing funds, including budgets, grants, and audits
  • Describe three new strategies for expanding organizational sustainability through leveraging of funds

M3 - Preparation for Outcome Monitoring
Jeff Wagers,
Program Specialist, HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch, Department of State Health Services, Austin , Texas
Ken Ripperger-Suhler, M.A., Research Associate, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Monday, May 24, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
San Antonio Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This workshop is specifically designed to assist organizations funded by DSHS that are currently delivering HIV prevention behavioral interventions, including individual, group and community level interventions. Basics will be discussed and presenters will focus on all phases of outcome monitoring with a sample intervention. If time permits, agencies will have time to work on their own outcome monitoring plans individually.

NOTE: This workshop is only for staff of agencies contracted to do evidence-based interventions and CRCS by DSHS HIV/STD Prevention.

Slides [Slideshare]

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe two methods for evaluating the effectiveness of HIV prevention programs
  • Describe the behavioral logic model
  • Explain the importance of proper data collection, storage, and transmission to outcome monitoring

M4 - Building a Strong Foundation to Enhance the Implementation of Interventions
Tracee Belzle,
Technology Transfer Team – Project Manager, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Daniel Casillas, Program Coordinator, Capacity Building Assistance Center at UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas
Monday, May 24, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Pecos Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This workshop will cover a variety of pre-implementation topics and skills, including conducting community assessments, selecting the appropriate intervention, piloting and adapting the intervention, developing a recruitment and retention plan and other plans, and promoting staff development.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe two best practices for effectively focusing HIV prevention efforts on communities at risk
  • Describe two best practices for developing, adapting, and implementing effective, evidence-based HIV prevention interventions

M5 - It's Time: Integrate Viral Hepatitis into Your Work
Larry Cuellar,
Texas Adult Viral Hepatitis Coordinator, Health Communication and Community Engagement Group, TB/HIV/STD Unit, Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas
Tamara Brickham, M.P.H., Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Houston, Texas
Monday, May 24, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Concho Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Participants of this three hour, highly interactive workshop will review basic information regarding hepatitis B and C and the liver; develop strategies for integrating viral hepatitis into HIV and STD programs and build skills and confidence to assist in integration; and develop and integrate tailored harm reduction messages into client education and counseling.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the three populations most at risk for hepatitis in Texas, the modes of hepatitis transmission, hepatitis diagnosis and treatment
  • Describe two areas of similarities for collaboration with HIV and STD service delivery providers
  • Explain three components for implementing a successful policy and/or procedure that integrates at least three of the following: HIV, STD and hepatitis

M6 - Understanding and Working with Difficult Clients
Larry Alexander, Jr., L.C.D.C.,
Training Specialist, Alexander Specialized Training Services, Cedar Creek, Texas
Bjana McGee, M.A., L.P.C., Mental Health Counselor, BEAT AIDS Coalition Trust, San Antonio, Texas
Monday, May 24, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Wedgewood Room

Knowledge Level: Advanced
Findings from the 2004 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report shows an increase in women and minority males who are addicted to one or more drugs including prescription and over-the-counter medications. Recent CDC studies have also shown an increase in HIV/STD infections in these same populations. This workshop will address issues that may have a link to the rise in substance use and abuse as well as the increased risk for HIV/STD infections. Presenters will also examine how to use communication, problem solving and conflict resolution skills to help these populations address the many issues they face.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe one innovative strategy to fight HIV in Texas
  • Describe one innovative strategy to combat STD in Texas

M7 - Market Research 101
David Dutwin, Ph.D.,
Vice President and Chief Methodologist, Social Science Research Solutions, Media, Pennsylvania
Melanie R. Susswein, M.S.W., Associate, SUMA/Orchard Social Marketing, Austin, Texas
Jennifer Van Gilder, M.A., Project Manager, SUMA/Orchard Social Marketing, Austin, Texas
Monday, May 24, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Frio Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This course provides participants with basic information about conducting market research, including focus groups, interviews and surveys. Whether working with a market research firm or on your own with a limited budget, a variety of market research techniques will be explored that can help participants effectively reach intended audiences, evaluate program outcomes, and improve client services.

Handout | Handout [Slideshare]

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three methods of conducting and utilizing market research to develop messaging and select appropriate communication channels to reach an intended audience

M8 - Health Literacy Workshop – Your Role in Clear Health Communication
Peter B. Morrison, B.A.,
Health Literacy Specialist, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, Austin, Texas
Nichole Lopez-Riley, M.P.P., Program Manager, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, Austin, Texas
Monday, May 24, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Trinity B Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas will provide an interactive training on health literacy. Divided into four sections, the training is designed to provide tools to address major deficits in patient-provider communication:

  • What is health literacy and why is it important?
  • What does it feel like to have low health literacy?
  • How to assess patients' health literacy needs
  • Strategies to improve patient-provider communication

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define health literacy
  • Describe two strategies to improve both verbal and non-verbal patient/provider communication

M9 – HIV Rapid Test Training and Demonstrations
San Marcos Room

Inverness/ClearView HIV Rapid Test Demonstration
Brandon DuBroc,
Public Health Sales Manager, Alere, Princeton, New Jersey
Monday, May 24, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Trinity Biotech/UniGold HIV Rapid Test Demonstration
Adam Hewitt,
National Accounts Manager, Trinity Biotech, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Monday, May 24, 2010, 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

OraSure/OraQuick HIV Rapid Test Demonstrations and Training
John Harborth,
Account Manager Public Health, OraSure Technologies, Inc., Wharton, Texas
Monday, May 24, 2010, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon


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