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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

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17th Texas HIV-STD Conference Agenda Thursday Morning

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Program of Events, Thursday, May 27, 2010

8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Plaza Registration A/B General Registration
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lobby Registration Continuing Education Registration
Until 1:00 p.m. Guadalupe Internet Café


A6 - Women and HIV
Gina M. Brown, M.D.,
Medical Officer, Office of AIDS Research, National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, Maryland
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom A

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This presentation will discuss the multiple issues associated with caring for women living with and at risk for HIV infection. The biological, behavioral, and social risks specific for women will be used as a platform to discuss HIV care and HIV prevention. Health care for women living with HIV will be discussed as an issue that integrates medical need with risk and prevention.

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

  • Identify and explain how to address social and environmental influences on health behavior

B6 - Risk Networks, Group Sex and Other Risk Nodes - SESSION CANCELLED
Samuel R. Friedman, Ph.D.,
Senior Research Fellow/Core Director, Institute for AIDS Research, National Development and Research Institutes, New York, New York
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom B

Although much is known about how HIV/STD and other blood-borne infections are transmitted between people through drug injection or sexual relationships, little is known about how these infections are transmitted at a community level. On a community level, the set of injection and sexual relationships forms a network which can be analyzed using network concepts and analysis techniques. This analysis helps us understand who gets infected, what groups infections get concentrated in, and how to intervene more effectively. Intervention ideas based upon both these concepts and also upon what we know about social, medical and behavioral interventions in communities and networks will be described in this presentation.

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

  • Identify two social and environmental influences on health behavior
  • Describe two methods of addressing social and environmental influences on health behavior

C6 - HIV 201
Laura Armas-Kolostroubis, M.D.,
Clinical Director, Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center, Dallas, Texas
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Wedgewood Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Through real cases this workshop will assist clinicians to address common comorbidities in challenges on the management of the ARV-experienced patients. Through group discussion and use of available online clinical tools, participants can integrate evidenced-based interventions in their daily practice to improve outcomes in the HIV-infected clients.

Slides [Slideshare]

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

  • Describe two optimal strategies/programs to provide optimal care and treatment for people living with HIV
  • List three steps in the process of assessing for and managing co-morbidities/co-occurring conditions in people living with HIV disease

D6 - When He's Positive and She's Not!
Catherine Novak, B.A., L.C.D.C., C.A.R.T.,
San Antonio, Texas
Lawrence Diaz, San Antonio, Texas
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Brazos Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Literature about sero-discordant, or magnetic couples sometimes focuses more on men who have sex with men or bisexual couples. Due to this, heterosexual couples may be less seen, heard from, or talked about. However, the latest information supports the probability of a “hidden” or unreported, misreported, or untested population. Sero-discordant heterosexual couples in which the male partner is HIV-positive are often not discussed. It is the hope of the presenters that talking about their relationship and the latest research done on magnetic heterosexual couples will open the door for other positive/negative straight couples to see they are not alone. The speakers further hope that this discussion will spark dialogue amongst professionals about how to better provide a multidisciplinary approach to services for the needs and demographics of this and other client populations.

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

  • List three issues particular to a magnetic heterosexual couple
  • Describe two common perceptions regarding hetero magnetic couples when the female is HIV-negative
  • Describe two special counseling needs of heterosexual magnetic couples

E6 - Dallas Police Department's Prostitute Diversion Program
Sergeant Louis Felini,
Deployment Supervisor, Dallas Police Department, Dallas, Texas
Martha Felini, D.C., Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
San Antonio Room

Knowledge Level: Beginner
This presentation will demonstrate the feasibility of law enforcement partnering with health departments and community organizations to bring needed resources to previously inaccessible parts of the city. The presenters will describe project development and show data collected from participants, one of which suggests STD proportions to be significantly higher than other prostitute populations in the United States and internationally. Other findings suggest that prevalent drug abuse in this population is self-medication to co-exist with multiple mental health disorders.

Slides [Slideshare]

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

  • Describe three best practices for conducting STD interventions
  • Describe two innovative strategies to combat STD in Texas
  • Describe epidemiologic trends of STD in Texas

F6 - HIV/AIDS in Special Population Groups in Texas
Miranda Fanning, M.P.H.,
Epidemiologist, DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas
Jonathon Poe, M.S.S.W., Program Specialist V, Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas
Doug Shehan, Senior Research Scientist/Program Manager, Community Prevention and Intervention Unit, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Trinity A Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Presenters will discuss distribution of treatment, demographic and risk factor characteristics in three sub-populations of persons infected with HIV/AIDS in Texas: the Hispanic population, the prison population and HIV infected women. These groups have been found to be unique in comparison with the overall HIV/AIDS population. We will address differences in testing and treatment behavior in the Hispanic population. The prison population will be studied to identify differences in demographic and risk characteristics. Finally, we will compare risk factors for HIV infected women across demographic groups. By analyzing risk factors, testing behavior, and demographic makeup of special populations in Texas, we hope to provide insight on how to better target funding and prevention efforts.

Slides | Slides | Slides [Slideshare]

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

  • Describe the epidemiology of HIV and STDs among high-risk populations in Texas
  • Describe current epidemiology of HIV and STDs in Texas

G6 - Using Internet Tools for HIV/STD Prevention and Intervention Activities
Stephan Adelson,
President, Adelson Consulting Services, Inc., Chelsea, Massachusetts
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Trinity B Room

Knowledge Level: Beginner
Public health continues to struggle to find effective ways to use the internet and its various communication tools, social venues, new media platforms, and mobile technologies for disease prevention and intervention activities. Many public health entities are exploring new ways to use online tools, establishing best practices and gaining experience, while others are just starting to have conversations about the use of the Internet. Websites and other technology-based tools that allow for the broad distribution of messages, often at little to no costs, offer communication possibilities that public health has not seen before. These messages can now be delivered through new distribution channels that can have an even greater impact than ever before as a result of the effective use of new media presented in virtual, social settings. This presentation will provide the latest data on the use of the Internet, social media, and other technologies (by platform as available) along with providing examples of their use in STD/HIV prevention disease intervention activities and other public health related uses.

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

  • Describe three characteristics of social marketing
  • Describe three uses of emerging technology that can improve efficiency and effectiveness in public health practice
  • Explain two ways in which technology can be used to link high-risk populations to prevention and care services
  • Describe two ways to use social media to promote HIV/STD prevention and treatment

H6 - Developing Leadership with Positive Impact
Niesa Glenewinkel, M.S.,
Adjunct Instructor, Lone Star College, Tomball, Texas
Monica Wendel, Dr.P.H., M.A., Associate Director, Center for Community Health Development, Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health, College Station, Texas
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Pecos Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Leadership takes time. Leaders of organizations, no matter the size, are often so overwhelmed with day-to-day operations and crisis management that true leadership takes a backseat to just getting the job done. Unfortunately, this leads to further frustration on the part of both leaders and their staff. In this session, leaders will have the opportunity to learn, revisit, and share practical ways to create a positive, productive environment that facilitates leadership across their organization. By prioritizing and scheduling do-able leadership practices, leaders will learn strategies that can ultimately decrease anxiety, increase productivity, and reduce turnover.

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

  • Describe three effective methods to cultivate leadership at all levels of an organization
  • Describe three strategies to improve management and development of staff
  • Demonstrate three enhanced skills important for leaders in their day-to-day work

I6 - Integrating Three Mental Health Screening Tools in to the Assessment of HIV-Infected
Cristina Portillo-Via, M.S.S.W., L.C.S.W., M.H.A.,
Social Work Intake Case Manager, Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas, Texas
Amy Lauren de la Cruz, R.N., M.Ed., Education Coordinator, Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center, Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas, Texas
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
San Marcos Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This presentation will show the important component of screening and addressing mental health concerns among HIV positive individuals. The presenters will look at the history and implementation process of three mental health screening tools in an outpatient ambulatory care setting. The Patient Health Questionnaire, Adult Psychosocial Assessment Tool, and the Mini-Cog will be demonstrated and practiced. Lastly, we will examine strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for effective ways mental health screening tools can be used in different types of HIV service provider settings.

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

  • Describe how to implement one substance use and/or mental health assessment into HIV case management
  • List three components of a common agenda for advocacy action for care, treatment and prevention

J6A - AA MSW Perspective, Attitudes, and Beliefs about HIV/AIDS in High-Crime, Low-Income Communities
Kimberly A. Parker, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., C.H.E.S.,
Assistant Professor, Texas Women's University Department of Health Studies, Denton, Texas
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Sabine Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
African Americans represent approximately 13% of the population but account for 50% of new HIV/AIDS cases. HIV/AIDS is one of the leading causes of death for African American women and heterosexual contact represents the primary mode of transmission for these women. This presentation will examine the attitudes, beliefs, and sexual behaviors of African American men who have sex with women –the likely partners of African American women-and the impact these factors have on the sexual health of African American women.

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

  • Identify major research efforts on HIV and STD prevention
  • Explain the role of public health in the HIV/AIDS/STD epidemics
  • Describe two instances of existing health disparities among those with HIV/AIDS and other STDs

J6B - College Students and Condom Attitude: Validation of a New Scale Developed to Measure Attitude Toward Condoms as Objects
Ariane V. Hollub, Ph.D., C.H.E.S., O.T.R.,
Assistant Professor, Division of Health Education
Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Andrea L. DeMaria, M.S., Graduate Student, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Michael Reece, Ph.D., M.P.H., Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., M.P.H., Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Sabine Room

As the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continue to be problematic, condoms remain among the most effective public health prevention tools. This presentation will review a study designed to: 1) assess the psychometric properties of the Multi-Factor Attitude toward Condoms Scale (MFACS) when administered to a group of college students from a large Midwestern university and 2) to examine the attitudes toward condoms as objects among this group of college students. The study reaffirmed the psychometric properties of a new scale developed to measure an individual's attitude toward condoms. The MFACS provides a contemporary way to examine condom attitudes as sexual health research is moving beyond only disease prevention efforts. This study provides further validity and reliability analyses of a scale to measure attitudes toward condoms irrespective of condom use which can be utilized in future research related to assessing and improving the sexual health of individuals. Public health professionals and clinicians may consider using this scale when addressing barriers to using condoms related to the properties of a condom.

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

  • Describe new scale to measure attitude toward condoms as objects
  • Explain the role of public health in the HIV/AIDS/STD epidemics

J6C - HIV/AIDS and Perception of Religious Leaders
Sibasis Hense, M.P.H., M.B.A., B.B.A. (Hons.),
Project Associate, Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation, Apollo Health City , Hyderabad, India
Anupama Sharma, M.S., M.B.A., System Development Specialist, Affiliated Computer Services, Healthcare Solution, Delhi, India
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Sabine Room

This presentation will review a study of HIV and People Living with AIDS (PLWA) in Manila, Philippines. The broad objective of the study is to explore the perceptions of church leaders and their strategic roles in HIV prevention and care and support for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Manila. We also hypothesize that church leaders perceived HIV/AIDS a public health problem in Metro Manila. A non-experimental qualitative design was adopted to sample Christian denominations and thematic analysis was used on the data set. Results indicate that the majority of the church leaders had low level of awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS. Implications of the study are discussed in terms of interventions needed to sensitize the church leaders.

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

  • Describe the three most common perceptions religious leaders have of those with HIV/AIDS

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Ballroom Foyer Break

Closing Plenary Session


10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Grand Ballroom

The Changing Health Care Landscape
Jean F. McGuire, Ph.D.,
Assistant Secretary for Disability Policy and Programs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This presentation will address the importance of health care reform and explore the likely implications for public health, more specifically HIV and STD programs.

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

  • Identify and explain how to address social and environmental influences on health behavior
  • Describe two strategies to ensure recruitment and retention in care and treatment for persons living with HIV

National HIV Strategic Plan
Christopher Bates,
Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This presentation will help focus the audience on the National HIV Strategic Plan and familiarize them with the emerging themes and direction. The importance of science based as well as other strategies will be briefly addressed. The context most conducive to implementing these strategies will be discussed and considered.

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

  • Describe the purpose of the National HIV Strategic Plan
  • Identify two structural and or contextual factors identified in the Strategic Plan
  • Describe two implementation strategies discussed in the Plan

Closing Comments
Ann Robbins, Ph.D.,
Manager, HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch, Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 12:00 noon - 12:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom


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