Archived Presentations

The Southern AIDS Coalition keeps our presentations archived for reference. Click on the provided links to download the presentation.


Southern AIDS Coalition and Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative Host Southern HIV Plenary at 2015 USCA.

September 21, 2015

The Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) and the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI) presented a plenary on HIV in the South at #2015USCA. Held Saturday, Sept 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. Moderated by Kathie Hiers, the talk featured: Dr. Shanell McGoy, Director of HIV/STD, Tennessee Department of Health and Vice Chair, National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors; Cedric Sturdevant, Project Coordinator, My Brother’s Keeper, Jackson, Mississippi; Monica Johnson, Monica Johnson, Founder and CEO, HEROES, Northeast Louisiana; Robert Greenwald, Clinical Director of Law, Harvard Law School and Director, Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation; and Robert Suttle. Assistance Director, SERO Project.

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HOPWA Modernization Proposal: Need for Community Input and Consensus

May 22, 2014

Join  the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC), the Southern AIDS Coalition, Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative, and HIV Prevention Justice Alliance for a community discussion on the modernization proposal for the Housing for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA).

The President’s FY 2015 budget proposal, released in March, included an outline of the update to the HOPWA program. The proposal included significant changes, such as the addition of new short-and medium-term housing interventions, assistance for homeless persons, and increased administrative fees. Additionally, the update included a momentous change to the HOPWA funding formula.

While the HIV/AIDS housing community has long supported a change to the HOPWA funding formula that would be based on living HIV/AIDS cases, it is vitally important to gain community consensus on how to implement changes fairly and without destabilizing existing HIV/AIDS housing programs.

Partners from NAHC, AIDS Alabama, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and AIDS United will share an overview of the HOPWA legislation, present community perspectives from differing jurisdictions, and provide context of the current political landscape.  The webinar will end with a Q&A session and opportunity for comment, with the goal of building community input and consensus on a fair and equitable way to implement changes to the HOPWA funding formula.

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Webinar on Marketplaces and Ryan White for States Not Expanding Medicaid

February 26, 2014

Is your state one of these 24 NOT expanding Medicaid to cover all low-income people? (Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming). If so, this webinar is for you!

This free webinar is designed for case managers, peer navigators, planning council members and anyone else working on the front lines of the HIV epidemic, working in the states where Medicaid is not expanding.

During this 90-minute webinar policy experts from the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative and the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation will cover several topics, including:

  • Accessing Navigators and other supports to avoid consumer scams
  • Selecting the best private health insurance plan
  • “Vigorously pursuing” ACA insurance yet remaining on the Ryan White program if that is the best course of action for you (or your client)
  • Spotting and reporting problems with marketplace insurance to support ongoing advocacy and improve coverage for people living with HIV

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Strategies for States Not Expanding Medicaid – The New Basics of Health Reform for Frontline HIV Workers

November 14, 2013

Are you a case manager, peer navigator, planning council member, or other person working on the front lines of the HIV epidemic? This free webinar is for you!

Is your state one of these 25 that is NOT expanding Medicaid to cover all low-income people?   Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire3, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania1, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee1, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Visit Kaiser state Medicaid expansion map.

We’ll cover maximizing marketplace coverage, the role of the Ryan White Program and ADAPs, and advocacy strategies to ensure Medicaid expansion moves forward.

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What Happens Next? Health Reform Strategies for States Not Yet Expanding Medicaid in 2014

May 14, 2013

As many states, particularly in the South, have elected to not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, HIV service providers are left wondering how to cover thousands of currently uninsured PLWHA. This webinar provides an overview of how to leverage other pieces of the ACA to fill access and affordability gaps, an update on existing Medicaid reforms, and a discussion of private insurance reforms.

Amy Killelea, the Senior Manager of Health Care Access at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), will give a presentation highlighting potential opportunities for non-Medicaid expansion states. The webinar presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

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Improving Access to HIV/AIDS Care in the Rural South: Alleviating Structural Barriers Using Telemedicine

July 23, 2013

The release of the “HIV Treatment Cascade” in March 2011 revealed that nearly 3 out of 4 people living with HIV in the U.S. have failed to successfully navigate the HIV continuum of care. In the South, two thirds of HIV+ individuals live in rural areas and often face many socio-economic barriers that prevent them from receiving proper care. A new initiative, The Access to Care Initiative: Telemedicine, aims to change that. Presenters discuss this new technology and provide insight from the point-of-view of the organizational director, physician and project manager. Program Faculty Include: Prashanth Bhat, MD, HIV/AIDS Specialist, Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama, Inc., Mary Elizabeth Marr, Chief Executive Officer, AIDS Action Coalition, and Sandra Percival, Telemedicine and Distance Learning Initiatives Program Director, Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama, Inc.

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USCA 2013 Host Committee Seminar – HIV/AIDS: A Southern Epidemic

September 8, 2013

When considering HIV treatment, research, and outcomes in the United States, it is clear that there is a regional disparity impacting the South. The South is the epicenter for HIV disease. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the South has the most people living with HIV/AIDS and the highest HIV diagnosis rate of any US region. In addition to the highest infection and mortality rates, the South has the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the greatest poverty, the greatest number of people without health insurance, the least access to health care, and the fastest growing epidemic in the nation. These statistics are fueled by a number of underlying factors, including stigma, discrimination, racial and ethnic disparities, aggressive homophobia, and poor social determinants. The seminar will be rooted in the theme, “the perfect storm,” with the following learning objectives: 1. Gain an in-depth understanding of the epidemiology of HIV in the South; 2. Analyze the impact of health care access (lack of) with a discussion of funding disparities and emphasis on rural areas in the South; 3. Realize the importance and impact of health disparities among minorities in the South and the link between health disparities and HIV prevalence; 4. Examine stigma and criminalization as it translates to barriers in HIV treatment and prevention; 5. Strategize and share best practices for identifying opportunities, creating coordinated interventions, and the importance of collaborations between community-based organizations, advocates, and organizations outside the field of HIV/AIDS.

Seminar Presenters Include: Debbie Wendell , PhD, MPH (LA Office of Public Health), Travis Sanchez, DVM, MPH (Emory University), Leandro Mena, MD (University of Mississippi Medical Center), Erik Valera (Latino Commission on AIDS, Latinos in the Deep South Project), Kathie Hiers (AIDS Alabama), Steve Rygiel, Esq. (Aiding Alabama Legal Program, Birmingham AIDS Outreach)

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