May 31, 2018 –CHIPTS held its annual retreat and strategic planning meeting on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles. The theme of the meeting was “Getting to 2020: Planning for the Future for Biobehavioral HIV Prevention.” The meeting was successful in bringing over 70 core faculty members, staff, scientific and community stakeholders to engage in a strategic planning process.
Center Director, Dr. Steven Shoptaw started the day
Dr. Steve Shoptaw, CHIPTS Director, led and moderated the day. The meeting began with opening remarks by Dr. Kelsey Martin, Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine, and Dr. Patrick Dowling, Chair of UCLA Department of Family Medicine, which set the stage for a productive day of planning, networking, and exchanging ideas. In addition to our core faculty, staff, and trainees, the meeting was attended by members of the CHIPTS’ community and scientific advisory boards, who gave valuable feedback and guidance regarding the center’s scientific direction, community engagement, and dissemination efforts.
Dr. Sheldon Fields giving feedback to the presentation
Mr. Mario Perez, Director of the Los Angeles County Division on HIV and STD Programs (DHSP), presented on the local HIV/AIDS Strategy. Dr. Lynn Gordon, Senior Associate Dean of Diversity Affairs at UCLA also delivered an important presentation on the topic of workplace diversity and shared efforts that were being implemented within the David Geffen School of Medicine to address this topic. The meeting proved to be a productive day, filled with stimulating conversations that generated many new research ideas, collaborations, and action steps to advance CHIPTS’ overall mission.