What Are PWNers Doing at the US Conference on AIDS?

USCA-2014_Recreate-300x200PWN-USA members and staffers are all over the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) 2014, happening this week at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, CA – we’re presenting, exhibiting, speaking, and more! If you’re at the conference, check out this guide to what, when and where PWNers will be sharing during USCA 2014.

USCA 2014 General Information

Full USCA 2014 Program


Exhibits, Events, Seminars and Workshops

Multiple Days

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except during plenary sessions), Exhibit Hall, Booth #619

Craftswomen and PWN-USA members Pat Kelly, Tammy Kinney and Stephanie Laster will be exhibiting and selling their works at Common Threads’ Made It Ourselves Marketplace, in the Exhibit Hall.


10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except during plenary sessions), Room 402/Level 4 

Social Media Lab (not organized or staffed by PWNers, but may be of interest!)

The NMAC/AIDS.gov Social Media Lab is a space where you can get free, one-on-one training that is customized to your specific questions or needs – or come by just to charge your mobile devices! Book an appointment online or just stop by.


Thursday, October 2

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Sapphire Ballroom, Level 4

Opening Plenary Breakfast: The Impact of HIV/AIDS in the Latino Community: A Silent Epidemic

PWNer and international social media maven Maria Mejia will be part of a distinguished panel of presenters at the opening event of the conference.


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 311 A, Level 3

Unspoken: Sexuality, Romance and Reproductive Freedom for US Women Living with HIV

PWN-USA’s National Training and Leadership Director Vanessa Johnson, and Reproductive Justice and HIV Legal Fellow Nerissa Irizarry, will present findings from PWN-USA’s groundbreaking 2013 report.


2:30 – 5:30 p.m., 300 A, Level 3

Digital Storytelling in the HIV Community – Multi-Generational and Multicultural Perspectives on Social Media Engagement

Maria Mejia will again present in a seminar session sponsored by Janssen Therapeutics.


2:30 – 5:30 p.m., 411 AB, Level 4

HIV is Not a Crime:  The Latest Facts on HIV Criminalization and What They Mean to You

Iowa-based PWN-USA member Tami Haught, who led the advocacy effort to modernize her state’s HIV-specific criminal law, will lead this dynamic seminar.


Friday, October 3

8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Aqua D, Level 3

Update: Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

PWNer Grissel Granados will join fellow PACHA members on the panel for this seminar on PACHA’s work since the 2010 release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and discuss how PACHA’s work pertains to many aspects of the epidemic.


9:30 – 11:30 a.m., 2440 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (offsite event!)
An amazing San Diego-based women-focused HIV organization, Christie’s Place, is having an open house. Please consider checking this out – you will be inspired! Christie’s Place staff will be giving tours of the agency and talking about the services that we provide to women, children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS in San Diego County. Light refreshments will be served.

We are located about two miles from the conference venue in the Bankers Hill neighborhood just a few blocks from Balboa Park.

Here is a link with directions: http://goo.gl/maps/2G0T1

Please contact Erin Falvey at 619-702-4186 or Falvey@christiesplace.org with questions.


Saturday, October 4

8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Aqua D, Level 3

An Online Mapping and Data Visualization Tool to Focus HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, and Care and Treatment Efforts in the Most Highly Impacted U.S. Cities

PWN-USA Board of Directors Chair and Vice-Chair Barb Cardell and Sharon DeCuir will be presenting about AIDSVu and how they use this online mapping tool in their advocacy and work.


2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Aqua AB, Level 3

Addressing the Effects of Violence and Abuse to Improve the Continuum of Care for Women Living with HIV

PWN-USA Executive Director Naina Khanna presents on this vital topic with Erin Falvey of Christie’s Place and Dr. Edward Machtinger, director of the UCSF Women’s HIV Program.


4:30 pm- 6:00 p.m., 204 A, Level 2

We can stop HIV … una conversación a la vez: Implementation of a national social marketing campaign to increase HIV awareness and encourage communication about HIV among Hispanics/Latinos

Maria Mejia is a member of the panel for this workshop detailing a new CDC campaign geared toward Latino families and communities.




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