Big changes are coming to the conference program! As part of USCA’s 20th year, we are revamping the conference tracks to better reflect current issues in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The new conference tracks are listed below. Please download PDF of How to Submit an Abstract.

NMAC is committed to lead with race.  In an epidemic that disproportionately impacts people of color, how does/should our movement address race?  This new track looks at the intersection of race and HIV services.  How should healthcare, prevention, housing, treatment, and testing address race and its impact on the epidemic in America?

Biomedical HIV Prevention
Biomedical HIV prevention has expanded options to stop the spread of the virus.  This new track will focus on PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis), Treatment as Prevention (TasP) and START (Strategic Timing of Anti-Retroviral Treatment).  It will discuss the latest innovations, programs and targets in order to scale up biomedical HIV prevention programs at your agency, city or state. 

Cis & Trans Women (focus on violence)
This track is about cis & trans women with a focus on violence.  What are the latest advances in services for women living with HIV or at risk for HIV?  What are the opportunities, challenges and innovations in HIV prevention, treatment, housing, and healthcare?  What are the effective trauma-informed care and HIV-related violence prevention programs?  Is your agency open to cis and trans women directors, clients or board members?

Communications & Technology
Technology has changed the way our movement works and communicates.  Unfortunately, many organizations have not kept up.  This track seeks abstracts from vendors, consultants and companies that use/create technology to make nonprofits quicker, cheaper or more efficient.  What communication software helps with fundraising, major donors, HIV prevention, treatment or public policy?  This track also looks at “cloud services” for accounting, web page development, e-newsletters, HR policies, time sheets, project management, CRM (constituent relations management), grant writing and donor tracking.

Federal Track
This track will be limited to abstracts from federal agencies. As the major funder of HIV prevention, housing, care and services, USCA has set aside a track just for the feds. The meeting wants workshops that highlight the priorities, goals and vision from these government leaders, donors and partners. How are feds planning to end the epidemic?

Gay Men (focus on youth)
Gay men continue to have the highest rate of new infections and the largest number of people living with HIV in America. This track will focus on young gay men, particularly young gay men of color. Youth have the highest rates of new infections. What are the opportunity, challenges and innovations in HIV prevention, services, outreach, housing, treatment and healthcare? Is your agency open to gay men who could be directors, clients or board members?

What skills are needed to be an effective leader in the fight to end HIV? This skills building track focuses on leadership within CBOs, health centers, activist groups, and the government. Leaders are also getting old, when is it time to leave? How do you manage transition? How should our movement identify, nurture and grow the next generation? What can our movement do to support existing leaders?

People Living with HIV (focused on stigma & aging)
This track will focus on what it means to live with HIV in America. PLWH are not a monolithic community and should not be treated like they are all the same. Stigma will be a major focus. This track will also cover aging, empowerment, self-determination, the criminal justice system, advocacy, and building a PLWH movement. The main focus will be for consumers; however, the conference also hopes to have a dialogue between providers and people living with the virus.

Public Policy
This track will focus on city, county, state and federal policies. It will examine policies that impact HIV prevention, healthcare, treatment, housing, research, and syringe exchange. It will look at federal programs like the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, HOPWA and the Ryan White Care Act. What are the advocacy strategies to stop the criminalization of HIV transmission, increase state and federal appropriations, fund HIV research, prevention, healthcare, and to end the epidemic?

Structural Interventions for HIV Prevention
What are structural interventions for HIV prevention? The physical, social, cultural, organizational, community, economic, legal and policies that also prevent the transmission of HIV. Studies show how employment/economic security, food and nutrition services, housing, harm-reduction and ending the epidemic can prevent the transmission of HIV.

Authors are required to submit abstracts in one of the following formats:

Format I:
For abstracts concerning a specific program, project or study:
I. Workshop Description: Describe the purpose of the program, project or study. ( limited to 150 characters and subjected to edits by NMAC, Titles limited to ten words.)
II. Methods: Briefly describe the methods or strategies used in the program.
III. Results: Describe the objective outcomes of the program, project or study. Include quantifiable data, if possible.
IV. Conclusions: State the conclusions reached as a result of the program.

Format II:
For abstracts addressing a broader issue area, problem or community need:
I. Workshop Description: Identify the topic of the proposed presentation. ( limited to 150 characters and subjected to edits by NMAC, Titles limited to ten words.)
II. Issues: Dictating the specific issues, problems or needs it will teach or discuss.
III. Learning Objectives: Describe what the audience will learn from the presentation.
IV. Strategies, Methods, Models, Examples: Provide information about the teaching or discussion strategies and methods that will be employed. Include models or examples, if possible.

Please submit abstract submissions on or before April 8, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. EST online at www.2016USCA.org.

The committee regrets that it cannot offer conference presenters honorariums or reimbursements for food and/or transportation costs. All seminar, workshop, roundtable and poster presentation panels, however, will receive ONE free, non-transferable conference registration.

Contact the Conferences and Meeting Services Division directly at conferences@nmac.org or (202) 483- NMAC (6622).
Abstracts must be submitted online on or before April 8, 2016, by 5:00 p.m. (EST), at www.2016usca.org.