Women Take Center Stage at U.S. AIDS Conference

Pam Hyde

Women will take center stage at the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), which will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s opening plenary will be dedicated to a discussion of the issues driving the epidemic among women, especially women of color and feature prominent leaders like C. Virginia Fields, Ebony Johnson, Sharon Day and Kathie Hiers, with a keynote address from Pam Hyde, of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. USCA will also highlight heroines of the movement in its program book, as well as organizations run by women and for women that are doing amazing work in the fight against this epidemic. The USCA is the largest annual AIDS-related gathering in the U.S., bringing together thousands of workers from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic—from case managers and physicians, to public health workers and advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) to policymakers—to build national support networks, exchange the latest information and learn cutting-edge tools to bring an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For nearly two decades, USCA has sought “to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking.” This year, USCA will work to highlight the changes in the movement that have brought the world closer than ever to ending the epidemic and ways to move forward to make this dream a reality. Daylong institutes, historically held on the first day of the conference, will be replaced by the first ever Summit to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in America. Seminars will be held each day of the conference and the length of workshop and roundtable sessions will be shortened so that attendees can maximize their learning experience. To register for the conference go to http://nmac.org/technical-assistance-cba-programs/2012-us-conference-on-aids.html
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