June 3-5 2020 Virtual Training

Reunion Latina

Addressing HIV, Hepatitis and STI in the Community
Guide: How to Access the Virtual Sessions

Advancing Public Health in the times of COVID-19

Reunion Latina is a three-day virtual training institute that aims to improve the health of Latinos and minorities,
and bring together Latino and Latino-serving organizations on drafting solutions to health challenges.



Reunion Latina 2020
About Reunion Latina

The Latino Commission on AIDS has hosted Reunion Latina since 1996 and has provided a space for providers and stakeholders to discuss ways to improve services, share strategies on how to overcome health challenges, unify our efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, address viral Hepatitis and STIs and craft a common vision to eliminate health disparities in Latino communities.

The three-day virtual training institute will feature a combination of panel presentations, workshops and institutes that will discuss key Issues in 2020 affecting the health of Latino communities; lessons learned from COVID19 response; mental health and substance abuse; strategies to address HIV, HCV and STI; and implementation of telehealth to reach the community.

This training is suitable for health care providers, nurses, outreach workers, case managers, people living with HIV, community leaders, elected officials, health department representatives and anyone interested in advancing the health conditions of the Latino communities.

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Speakers

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Jessica Bloome

Dr. Jessica Bloome, MD, MPH

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Deputy Director for the CDC-funded CBA program for High-Impact HIV Prevention based in the San Francisco Department of Public Health Center for Learning & Innovation. She is also Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF.

Daniel Casillas-Villamizar

Daniel Casillas-Villamizar

Latino Commission on AIDS

He is a Capacity Building Assistance Manager with the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA). Mr. Casillas-Villamizar provides CBA services in the Southern region and is based in Dallas.

Guillermo Chacon

Guillermo Chacon

Latino Commission on AIDS

President of the Commission, he has been a vocal advocate on the impact of HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, and other chronic conditions in Hispanic/Latinx communities.

Robert Contreras

Robert Contreras, MBA

BIENESTAR

He has worked for Bienestar Human Services (BIENESTAR) since 1991. He currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

He is the Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Justin Toro

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, ANP-BC

New York University

He is a Professor at the Silver School of Social Work, New York University and Director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health.

David Holtgrave, PhD

David Holtgrave, PhD

NYS AIDS Institute

He has served as the Dean of the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York since March, 2018.

Ivan Melendez-Rivera, MD, FAAFP, AAHIVS

Ivan Melendez-Rivera, MD, FAAFP, AAHIVS

Centro Ararat

He is the founder of Centro Ararat, a non-profit private multidisciplinary healthcare center. Today, he acts as CMO/COO of this HIV/AIDS clinic.

Leandro Mena, MD, MPH

Leandro Mena, MD, MPH

University of Mississippi

He is a clinician-researcher and public health advocate with expertise in the prevention and clinical management of STDs and HIV and STD/HIV prevention research.

Judith Montenegro

Judith Montenegro

Latino Commission on AIDS

She is the Program Director for Latinos in the South, a program of the Latino Commission on AIDS. Judith is a community organizer at heart and has worked on immigration reform. 

Bethsy Morales-Reid

Bethsy Morales-Reid

Hispanic Federation

She is the Senior Director for Health Initiatives. She also leads the Latinos Unidos Contra el SIDA (LUCES) advocacy coalition.

Johanne E. Morne, MS

Johanne E. Morne, MS

New York State Department of Health

She currently serves as Director of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute.  Ms. Morne has been with the AIDS Institute for more than 12 years.

José Joaquín Mulinelli Rodriguez

José J. Mulinelli Rodriguez

Coai, Inc.

He is the Executive Director of Coai, Inc. in Puerto Rico. Since 1989, he began volunteering and working in several LGBTQI organizations.He has also served as a co-host for radio program Saliendo del Closet.

Bolivar Nieto, MA

Bolivar Nieto, MA

Latino Commission on AIDS

He is the Director of Operations for Hands United, the technical assistance (TA) program at the Commission . Bolivar has more than 15 years of experience providing national, regional, and local TA.

Harold J. Phillips, MRP

Harold J. Phillips, MRP

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

He is the Senior HIV Advisor and Chief Operating Officer of Ending the HIV Epidemic by 2030: A Plan for America; Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Office of Assistant Secretary for Health at the DHHS. .

Dennis O. Romero, M.A.

Dennis O. Romero, M.A.

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

He is the first Regional Administrator, DHHS Region II for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Bamby Salcedo, M.A.

Bamby Salcedo, M.A.

TransLatin@ Coalition

A recognized transgender Latina Woman, she is the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latin@s in the U.S.

Billy Sample

Billy Sample

Medical Advocacy and Outreach

He is the Telehealth Resource Center Program Manager for the past last 8 years, maintaining the technology infrastructure for the agency, while developing and expanding their Telehealth Network.

Monique Tula

Monique Tula

Harm Reduction Coalition

She is the Executive Director of Harm Reduction Coalition. Previously, she was the Vice President of Programs with AIDS United.

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Registration includes access to the three-day sessions and to the recording of the webinar presentations following the conclusion of the live session.



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Program

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Open Plenary
1:00pm-1:30pm
COVID19 Update

Overview of COVID-19 epidemiology, prevention, and treatment.  The talk will emphasize what we know about COVID-19 health disparities among communities of color (most especially, Latinx communities). Furthermore, the presentation will raise questions for later discussion about what conference participants believe are potentially the most impactful strategies for building health equity as it relates to COVID-19.

David Holtgrave, PhD – Dean, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, Distinguished Professor School of Public Health, Health Policy, Management and Behavior

Speakers will be sharing their perspective on key issues in 2020 affecting the Hispanic/Latinx communities. This will include HIV, HCV, STIs and a discussion on the recent COVID-19 pandemic and how the impact continues to raise issues about health disparities among people of color.

Welcome and Intros:
Guillermo Chacón – President, Latino Commission on AIDS
Bethsy Morales-Reid – Senior Director for Health Initiatives, Hispanic Federation
Presenters:
Johanne Morne, MS – Director of New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute
Harold Phillips, MRP – Senior HIV Advisor and Chief Operating Officer of Ending the HIV Epidemic by 2030: A Plan for America
Iván Meléndez-Rivera, MD, FAAFP, AAHIVS – Chief Medical and Operating Officer, Centro Ararat

1:00-2:00pm
Educational Workshop session I:
A. State of health in Hispanic/Latinx communities
B. Lessons learned from COVID19 response

A. STATE OF HEALTH IN HISPANIC/LATINX COMMUNITIES:
Join Dr. Leandro Mena and Vincent Guilamo-Ramos in a presentation about the state of health in the Hispanic/Latinx Communities focused on HIV/Hep C and STIs as it impacts vulnerable populations within these communities.
Leandro Mena, MD, MPH – Professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Vincent Guilamo-Ramos PhD, MPH, LCSW, ANP-BC, AAHIVS – Professor and Associate Vice Provost Director, CLAFH Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, New York University

 

B. LESSONS LEARNED FROM COVID-19 RESPONSE:
Two cities, one pandemic. In this presentation Dr. Bloome and Dr. Daskalakis will share their lessons learned from COVID-19 response in San Francisco and New York City respectively.
Jessica Bloome, MD, MPH – Deputy Director of the SFDPH HIV Prevention CBA program and Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF
Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH – Deputy Commissioner, Division of Disease Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

A. MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE: REALITIES AND CHALLENGES DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES
People with substance use disorders often have long histories of unmitigated mental illness and trauma. With very little access to the same treatment and support than their white counterparts. Black and brown people with substance use disorders are especially vulnerable to cycling in and out of correctional facilities and emergency rooms. This presentation will briefly describe why harm reduction is an effective modality of engaging with people with substance use disorders that has the potential to restore hope, personal autonomy, and healing.
Dennis O. Romero, MA – Regional Administrator, Office of the Assistant Secretary (OAS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - DHHS Region II
Monique Tula – Executive Director, Harm Reduction Coalition

 

B. COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVES: ADDRESSING HIV, HCV AND STIS DURING AND AFTER COVID-19
COVID-19 has created additional challenges around barriers to care, economic survival, anxieties and fears for Hispanic and Latinx communities. In this presentation four community leaders, representing different regions from the United States and Puerto Rico, will share their perspective and strategies on how to address HIV, HCV and STIs during and after COVID19 from direct services to policies and advocacy efforts.
Robert Contreras, MBA – President & CEO Bienestar Human Services
Bamby Salcedo, MA – CEO and Founder, TransLatin@ Coalition
José Joaquín Mulinelli – Executive Director, Coai, Inc.
Judith Montenegro – Program Director, Latinos in the South, Latino Commission on AIDS

1:00-2:00pm
Educational Workshops:
A. Telehealth: embracing as community-based providers a new space, challenges and opportunities
B. Working from home: new realities and new technologies

A. TELEHEALTH, COMMUNITY-BASED PROVIDERS EMBRACING A NEW SPACE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
After completing this workshop, the participants will be able to understand telehealth, and the four most common telehealth strategies. Participants will also be able to understand the four most common barriers to telehealth and ways to overcome them.
Billy Sample – Telehealth Resource Center Program Manager, Medical Advocacy and Outreach

 

B. WORKING FROM HOME: NEW REALITIES AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
During this interactive web-based session, we will explore the advantages and challenges of working off-site/remotely; review some best-practices and share what we have learned during these past months: the good, the not so good, and the funny; and explore our own strategies to further balance our remote work and well-being.
Bolivar Nieto – Director, CBA Operations, Hands United, Latino Commission on AIDS
Daniel Casillas-Villamizar – CBA, Hands United, Latino Commission on AIDS

Closing of Reunion Latina 2020 with a message from Latino Commission’s President. Bringing it all back to what is important.
Guillermo Chacón – President,Latino Commission on AIDS




TESTIMONIALS

What attendees have to say about Reunion Latina

I learned stategies in how HIV can be taught inside of communities of faith, no just in health centers. I learned that we Latinas are disproportionately impacted by HIV.
Alicia Vasquez Peer Educator
All workshops are facilitated in a friendly, safe and confidential environment. I feel connected with the information I receive and I value the expertise of the presenters.
Oscar Rodolfo Alas Volunteer
Reunion Latina has provided a forum to expose the challenges and needs of transgender individuals; an opportunity to communicate their quest for acceptance, validation and presence.
Michele Sosa Activist

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