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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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17th Texas HIV-STD Conference Agenda Wednesday Afternoon

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Program of Events, Wednesday, May 26, 2010


A4 - Building Strong Advocacy Efforts to Address Southern HIV/AIDS Disparities
Patrick C. Packer,
Executive Director, Southern AIDS Coalition, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Glass Oaks Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This presentation will provide an update on the Southern geographical disparities in HIV/AIDS funding, housing, care, treatment, research and prevention activities. The presentation will take a look at new advocacy tools and effective activities that can be used by individual advocates or advocacy groups to address these disparities at the local, state and federal levels.

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

  • Identify three ways to enhance advocacy for HIV prevention

B4/5 - Impact of HIV NAAT in Texas: Nine Months and Counting
Deborah Carr, B.A.,
Assistant Senior Public Health Advisor, HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch, Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas
Myra Brinson, B.S., M.T.(A.S.C.P.), Virology/Serology Unit Manager, North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, Raleigh, North Carolina
Brian Emerson, B.S., HIV NAAT Supervisor, Dallas County Health and Human Services, Dallas, Texas
Lupita Thornton, B.S.B./M., Public Health Investigator Manager, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Houston, Texas
La Shonda Worthey, B.S., STD/HIV Division Program Manager, Dallas County Health and Human Services, Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
San Marcos Room

Knowledge Level: Beginner
HIV Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) can detect acute HIV infection in the blood within 9-11 days of exposure. This presentation will focus on the impact HIV NAAT can have on reducing the spread of HIV infection in Texas. Data from North Carolina and nine months of testing in Dallas will be shared along with lessons learned.

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

  • Describe two best practices for effectively focusing HIV prevention efforts on communities at risk
  • Describe two innovative strategies to fight HIV in Texas

C4 - Investigational Drugs and the Future of HIV Treatment
Elizabeth Race, M.D.,
Staff Physician, Global Medic Force, Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wedgewood Room

Knowledge Level: Advanced
New drugs to combat HIV are constantly being tested and brought to the market. These drugs will affect treatment strategies and ultimately patient outcomes. Join us to learn which drugs are in the development pipeline and what the future holds for HIV treatment.

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

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of two of the latest therapies and research findings for the treatment of HIV disease
  • Discuss the potential impacts of two novel treatment agents currently in the research/development pipeline on persons living with HIV and the care and treatment community

D4 - HIV Resistance Testing: An Update
Ben Barnett, M.D.,
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Brazos Room

Knowledge Level: Advanced
This presentation will discuss how HIV resistance testing can be used to optimize an antiretroviral regimen. Resistance testing must be used in context of treatment history and the results of all prior resistance tests. The goal for all HIV infected patients is HIV RNA less than 50. However, factors other than resistance may cause regimen failure. Resistance testing is reliable and cost-effective but must be interpreted in context and may require expert advice.

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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
  • Discuss two treatment and care issues and current research findings for the management of specific patient populations living with HIV disease

E4 - Culturally Competent STD/HIV Care: A Bridge Over Cultural Waters
Maurice Murray, M.P.H.,
Disease Intervention Specialist III, Dallas County Health Department, Dallas, Texas
Diane Turner, R.N., M.S., W.H.N.P., STD Clinic Nurse Practitioner, Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services, Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
San Antonio Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
One of the challenges of STD/HIV care is the culturally diverse population seeking care. To meet the needs of culturally diverse populations, STD/HIV care providers must become culturally competent. The process of cultural competence includes cultural desire, cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural skill and cultural encounters. Cultural competence in STD/HIV care is the ability of individuals or services to incorporate ethnic/cultural considerations into every aspect of care relative to health promotion, disease prevention and other healthcare interventions.

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

  • Define culture, stereotype, cultural sensitivity, and cultural competence
  • Discuss the process of becoming culturally competent in HIV treatment and care
  • Discuss the process of becoming culturally competent in STD prevention and treatment

F4 - Congenital Syphilis: Epidemiology, Impact and Interventions
Ed Weckerly, M.S.,
Epidemiologist, TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas
Sydney Minnerly, M.A., Syphilis Elimination Coordinator, HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch, Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Trinity A Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This presentation will report on the rise of syphilis in Texas, specifically congenital cases, and other disease trends. An overview of the distribution of syphilis cases will be provided. The presentation will outline the data related to congenital cases as reported by programs, including shared prenatal care experiences, missed opportunities for healthcare/prevention and other case study information.

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

  • Describe the epidemiology of perinatal HIV transmission and congenital STDs in Texas

G4 - Educating and Entertaining Youth on the Internet: Lifestylez.org
Eric Roland, B.A.,
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Legacy Community Health Services, Houston, Texas
Ruth Buzi, L.C.S.W., Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of Social Services, Teen Health Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Trinity B Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
More and more people use the Internet to seek health information, to network with friends, and to meet people for sexual encounters. This makes the Internet a great place to reach people with HIV and STD prevention information. Youth not only have growing rates of HIV/STDs but they are also the most frequent users of the Internet. However, in order to keep youth's attention, Internet-based prevention programs have to be engaging, entertaining, and interactive. This presentation will focus on the work involved to create the website www.lifestylez.org. Besides written information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, safer sex and risk-reduction information, lifestylez.org uses video vignettes to introduce website visitors to people living with HIV and educators who give basic information about HIV/AIDS and STDs. This website project seeks to reach out to minority, urban youth who might not receive any education about HIV and STDs at school or at home.

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

  • Describe two 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

H4 - Saving Private Ryan: Ten Lessons in Healthcare Leadership as Derived from the Film Industry
Diane Faucher Moy, M.S.N., R.N., PMHCNS-BC,
State Director of Nursing, Office of Academic Linkages, Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pecos Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
What characteristics define a leader within an organization? What is the difference between being a leader and a manager, and is it possible to excel in one role and not the other? This presentation explores sources of power within an organization and the differences between leaders and managers. Ten principles of leadership are explored and then underscored through clips from a favorite film classic, Saving Private Ryan. What could a movie about a World War II Army squad and your present-day experience as a member of a public health-related team have in common? This offering is not just for managers, but for all individuals who want to improve their personal effectiveness as formal or informal leaders.

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

  • Compare and contrast the definition and meaning of the roles of “leader” and “manager”
  • List ten principles of leadership
  • Summarize key points and lead of how individual learners can take content provided to develop their own personal growth plan

I4 - International Continuity of Care for HIV-Infected Migrant Patients Returning to Mexico and Latin America
Laura Armas-Kolostroubis, M.D.,
Clinical Director, Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center, Dallas, Texas
Oscar Gonzalez, Ph.D., HIV/AIDS U.S./Mexico Border Coordinator, Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center, Dallas, Texas
Sylvia Moreno, B.S.N., R.N., Director of Nursing-HIV, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Frio Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
The presentation will explain: 1) The HIV International Continuity of Care (HICOC) model used to assist HIV clinicians that serve migrant patients to continue treatment and care in Mexico and Latin America. 2) How to improve the health outcomes for HIV-infected Mexican and Latin America migrant patients that are returning to their countries. 3) How HIV International Continuity of Care became a project addressing the unmet needs of training and education of U.S. clinicians on Mexican and Latin American HIV healthcare systems. 4) How to connect, access and navigate HIV services in Mexican and Latin America 5) Barriers reduced when U.S. clinicians collaborate with colleagues in Mexico and Latin America.

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

J4A - Dissemination of an Evidence-based Pregnancy, STD, and HIV Prevention Program in Middle Schools in Houston, Texas
Belinda Flores, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.,
Coordinator, University of Texas Prevention Research Center, University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Melissa Peskin, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Christine Markham, Ph.D., University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Ross Shegog, Ph.D., University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Shellie Tyrrell, M.S.W., M.P.H., University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Kimberly Johnson, M.P.H., University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Robert Addy, M.A., University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Susan Tortolero, Ph.D., University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sabine Room

Knowledge Level: Beginner
Early sexual initiation is associated with increased risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Therefore, the dissemination of effective sexual health education (SHE) programs for middle school youth is critical. However, barriers to dissemination exist, especially in school settings. In this session, an overview of the prevalence of sexual behaviors among school age youth, the consequences of these behaviors and barriers for adoption/implementation of effective STD/HIV/pregnancy prevention curricula in school settings will be presented. Strategies to increase adoption/implementation of effective SHE programs will be discussed.

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

  • Explain the effectiveness of a parenting curriculum training of trainers and its utilization in border Hispanic communities of Texas

J4B - Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Parenting Curriculum Training of Trainers and its Utilization in Border Hispanic Communities of Texas
Sheetal Malhotra, M.B.B.S., M.S.,
Director of Public Health Programs, Medical Institute for Sexual Health, Austin, Texas
Diane Santa Maria, A.P.R.N., M.S.N., Clinical Instructor University of Texas School of Nursing, Dr.P.H. Student, University of Texas School of Public Health, Spring, Texas
Hilda Chavarria, B.S., Medical Institute for Sexual Health, El Paso, Texas
Melissa Steiner, B.S., C.H.E.S., Medical Institute for Sexual Health, Austin, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sabine Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Although parental communication is effective in reducing adolescent risk behaviors, many parents hesitate to communicate with their children about sex. Community educators can be effective mediators to overcome barriers such as embarrassment and lack of valid information through parenting curriculum education. To increase parent-child sexual health communication, the Medical Institute developed the Building Family Connections (BFC) curriculum. This presentation will review the process used in developing and evaluating the BFC curriculum. Training of community educators, results of pre/post training surveys, and implications for programs, policy, and/or research will be covered.

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

  • Describe two instances of existing health disparities among individuals with HIV/AIDS and other STDs

2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Break


A5 - Advanced Facilitation Strategies to Increase the Effectiveness of any Group- or Individual-Level EBI
Stephen J. Fallon, Ph.D.,
President, Skills4, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Glass Oaks Room
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This workshop will provide information to increase the effectiveness and credibility of group level facilitators, counselors and street outreach workers. Using case studies, the workshop will highlight recent discoveries that show how people respond –or don't respond–to information they hear. A group activity will demonstrate why reciting a health message may be easy, but truly facilitating a client's understanding of health messages requires practice and attention to the listener. The workshop facilitator will then debunk common communication myths, such as the 10% rule, and will guide participants through their own assessment of their current facilitation and communication strengths and weaknesses. Another illustrative activity will show why the inductive framing technique more effectively convinces clients of a health message than can the traditional deductive framing technique that participants may have learned in high school. By the end, workshop participants will improve their ability to guide their clients towards reduced risk behaviors.

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

  • Describe best two practices for developing, adapting, and implementing effective, evidence-based HIV prevention interventions

C5 - Case Study Session of Three Long-Term Survivors with HIV Disease
Dushayantha T. Jayaweera, M.D., MRCOG (UK), F.A.C.P.,
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Chairman, IRB-C, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
Kristin Mondy, M.D., Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Austin Programs and Staff Physician, Austin Outpatient Clinic, Central Texas VA Health Care System, Austin, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Wedgewood Room

Knowledge Level: Advanced
Come take part in a discussion of three cases of long-term survivors with HIV disease.

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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

D5 - Improving Retention of HIV Patients in Care
Kathleen Clanon, M.D.,
NQC Consultant, National Quality Center, Oakland, California
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Brazos Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
This presentation will include a condensed, practical review of the published literature on measuring and improving retention in HIV care. Data from Texas will be reviewed and discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss strategies colleagues across the state are using to improve retention and will practice using quality improvement tools to choose and implement creative and effective new strategies for improving retention in their clinics or agencies.

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

  • Implement two strategies to ensure recruitment and retention in care and treatment for persons living with HIV

E5 - Working It Online: Internet Partner Notification
Jenifer Jackson,
Program Consultant, HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch, Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
San Antonio Room

Knowledge Level: Beginner
This session offers partner services practitioners an overview of opportunities and challenges Texas currently faces in elicitation and notification of contacts met online. Participants will have the opportunity to take back to their programs enhanced skills and new avenues to reach Internet contacts. People continue to innovate new methods of meeting sex partners online. Partner services programs in Texas must maintain current skills as well as learn new ways to meet the challenge that perpetual permutations in the online world present. With these skills and methods, participants may improve efforts to find and treat more infected and incubating patients, helping to reduce disease rates in the long term.

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

  • Describe two innovative strategies to combat STD in Texas
  • Describe two best practices for partner services

F5 - The Graying of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Houston, Texas and Temporal Trend Analysis of HIV/AIDS in Harris County Correctional Facilities
Norma Atherton, M.S.,
Surveillance Investigator, Epidemiology, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Houston, Texas
Biru Yang, Ph.D., M.P.H., Epidemiologist/Biostatistician, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Houston, Texas
Aaron Sayegh, Ph.D., M.P.H., Epidemiologist Manager, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Epidemiology, Houston, Texas
John I. Balogun, M.D., Surveillance Investigator, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Houston, Texas
Veronica Anderson, B.S., Surveillance Investigator, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Houston, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Trinity A Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
The advent of antiretroviral medications and better testing technologies has extended the life expectancy of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Studies indicate the number of PLWHA ages 50 years and older has been increasing in recent years. This increase represents both a success and a challenge. Success lays with those individuals who were tested and diagnosed early, and were able to receive maximum benefit from improved treatment, which allowed them to age into the 50 years plus group. The challenge remains with individuals who are new diagnoses among the 50 year plus group.

This presentation will assess the annual incidence of HIV/AIDS in Harris County Jail (HCJ) and to determine whether or not the incidence has changed over time. This will show the temporal trend in terms of HIV/AIDS incidence in HCJ and to access the pattern of HIV/AIDS over an 8 year period, from 2000-2008. The presentation will show that HIV/AIDS has not stabilized in some populations despite over 25 years of experience in understanding the mode of transmission, treatment, progression and survival from this epidemic. The presenter will explore the risk factors responsible for the continual increase in HIV/AIDS prevalence in this population and determine if the incidence of HIV/AIDS has changed with this period of time.

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

  • Describe current epidemiology of HIV and STDs in Texas
  • Describe the epidemiology of HIV and STDs among high-risk populations in Texas
  • Describe the epidemiology of STD co-morbidities
  • Describe two current issues and two best practices for surveillance of HIV/STD

G5 - Using Technology for Outreach: Top Technological Tools to Increase Capacity and Efficiency
David Moskowitz, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Texas - San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Trinity B Room

This presentation will discuss the use of new communication technologies to further HIV/STD prevention education and intervention initiatives. Dr. Moskowitz has written numerous articles on communication, technology, HIV/STD and people affected by HIV/STD.

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

  • Describe three uses of emerging technology that can improve efficiency and effectiveness in public health practice

H5 - Cultural Competency in the Workplace
Jocelyn J. Boudreau, L.C.S.W., L.C.D.C.,
Richmond, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Pecos Room

Knowledge Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Today's workplace is diverse with respect to many facets of culture. Generational, ethnic, gender, religious and sexual orientation differences impact our beliefs and attitudes about work and the nature of working relationships. This workshop will focus on turning workplace differences into strengths for organizations.

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

  • Describe three strategies to improve management and development of staff

I5 - Mental Health Issues and Public Health Follow-up
Kay Dreiss, B.S.W.,
Public Health Educator, Communicable Disease Unit, City of Austin Health and Human Services Department, Austin, Texas
Amber Baldwin, L.M.S.W., Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) Medical Social Worker, City of Austin Health and Human Services Department, Communicable Disease Unit, Austin, Texas
Sydney Minnerly, M.A., Syphilis Elimination Coordinator, HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch, Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Frio Room

Knowledge Level: Beginner
This presentation will discuss the opportunities afforded to public health programs which can be used to address mental health and substance abuse issues that can negatively impact the outcome of public health follow-up efforts. A brief overview of public health follow-up will be given to familiarize the audience with the process. The audience will hear about different resources used to reach these populations. The audience will be asked to discuss their program efforts to address similar issues within their communities.

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

  • Describe three ways mental health issues affect the provision of public health follow-up or disease intervention services regarding HIV or STD transmission

J5A - Sources of Sexuality-Related Information Among College Students
Andrea L. DeMaria, M.S.,
Graduate Student, Texas A&M University, Bryan/College Station Texas
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
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Sabine Room

Knowledge Level: Advanced
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains problematic across various regions of the United States, particularly among those aged 15 to 24 years. Research indicates college students, captured within this age range, are most likely to obtain their sexuality information from either parents or peers. This study aimed to identify the most frequent sources today's college students utilize to obtain sexual information, the most common searched sexual topics, as well as capture the perceived reliability of sexual information sources. Implications for intervention development are discussed.

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

  • List three sources of sexuality-related information among college students
  • Describe three possible implications of study results for HIV and STD prevention

J5B - Substance Abuse/HIV/Hepatitis Prevention for Adults Reentering the Community (Project SPARC)
Teshina R. Mattson,
Project Manager/Social Science Research Associate III, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
April Biasiolli, Social Science Research Associate, Division of Community Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Drew Russell, Educator/Social Science Research Associate II, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Nancy Amodei, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Anthony Scott, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Irene Chedjieu, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Sabine Room

Knowledge Level: Intermediate
San Antonio has an AIDS rate of more than 20 per 100,000 people and a hepatitis C rate more than double that of the state, making it an area of great need for HIV and hepatitis prevention services. Within San Antonio, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis disproportionately affect those involved in the correctional system. A contributing component to this disparity is lack of knowledge regarding the prevention, transmission, and treatment of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Project SPARC designed and implemented an evidence-based integrated substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis prevention curriculum to people involved in the criminal justice system for drug-related crimes to increase HIV/AIDS and hepatitis knowledge among these individuals. Components of the project, pre/post-test measures and significant results will be reviewed. Implications of the intervention for reduction and prevention of HIV and hepatitis for adults in the criminal justice system will be reviewed.

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

  • List three new integration activities of HIV/AIDS with other STDs and chronic diseases

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rio Grande A
Stop by Rio Grande A during your break to watch the Texas HIV/STD Conference Survivor Challenge. Don't miss out on the fun!

The Learning Marketplace: Round Table Discussions and Poster Presentations
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ballroom A and B

Special Interest Sessions – Wednesday, May 26, 2010

12 Step Meeting (on your own) 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., TBD

Epidemiology and GIS Interest Group
Joseph R. Oppong, Ph.D.
Presentation, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Concho Room
Meet and Greet, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Faculty and students from the Department of Geography at the University of North Texas will offer a presentation on WebDMAP, a secure computing environment for creating maps of health-related events. The methods implemented in WebDMAP provide several advantages over traditional disease mapping methods for small area units such as counties or census tracts. WebDMAP uses smoothing techniques to produce stable estimates of crude or age-adjusted disease burdens that can be visualized as geographically continuous surfaces. 

Test Texas HIV Coalition
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Rio Grande B Room

Learn about routine HIV testing in (non-HIV prevention) health care settings. Come network with other health care professionals about making HIV testing routine in Texas.

Perinatal HIV Interest Group
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Frio Room

Join us for an interactive session on perinatal HIV and the recent changes to Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 81.090. The Texas-specific handbook of recommendations for HIV testing of pregnant women and guidelines for care of HIV infected pregnant women will be available during this session. This is an excellent opportunity to share information with medical care providers and case managers serving HIV infected women and their children. DSHS staff and Texas Consortium for Perinatal HIV Prevention (TCPHP) members will be available to answer questions. 

Medical Monitoring Project
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wedgewood Room

What's so special about MMP? Representative sampling of patients & providers, HIV patient care updates, and clinical outcomes & behaviors. Stop by for a sip, a snack and chillax!

Disease Intervention Specialist Affinity Session
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., San Antonio Room

Disease Intervention Specialists have a unique role in serving populations at increased risk for HIV/STD.

Come and meet your colleagues and share your unique successes and challenges.

STD First Line Supervisor Affinity Session
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., San Marcos Room

First Line Supervisors have a responsibility to mentor, guide and supervise DIS.

Come and meet your colleagues and share your unique successes and challenges.

Statewide Quality Improvement Strategic Plan
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Pecos Room

The Statewide Quality Improvement Strategic Plan affinity session will provide an avenue to follow up on 2 issues:

The next steps for continued improvement of HIV services via the Texas Cross-Part Improvement Task Force and

Obtain feedback on the latest clinical core HAB measure results.

Strengthening the Response to HIV/AIDS in Latino Communities
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Trinity A Room

This interactive group will allow you to meet and greet others from around the state who share an affinity to increase the synergy and urgency for Latino health. Bring business cards, experiences, questions, and let's decide how we will move forward (Adelante) with activities across this state that highlight Latino Health in the area of HIV/AIDS.

Rediscovering Condoms
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Trinity B Room

Please join staff of the DSHS HIV/STD Program during this brainstorming session on condoms. Review DSHS materials and provide feedback on needs and wants regarding condom education, distribution and promotion.


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