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2019 HIV Next Generation Conference

January 25, 2019 – The 2019 HIV Next Generation Conference, hosted by CHIPTS welcomed 121 attendees to the UCLA Campus for a day of discussion, learning, and networking. Drs. Steve Shoptaw and Norweeta Milburn gave compelling opening remarks to start the day and was followed by an inspiring and dynamic plenary by USC’s Dr. Ricky N. Bluthenthal, who spoke on his work in the community over the last 25 years.

Dr. Ricky N. Bluthenthal giving the opening plenary.

The day’s agenda featured seven trainees who gave oral presentations of their research projects and received thought provoking questions from the audience, which ranged from researchers, community providers, faculty members, and other students. In addition, seven trainees presented their work through the poster session, lending to many lively conversations that engaged undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers with faculty and the community.

In addition, the conference featured a policy impact panel lead by our Policy Core director Dr. Arleen Leibowitz and included Dr. Ninez Ponce, Ricky Rosales, Craig Pulsipher, and Dr. Nina Harawa. The panel was diverse in background with panelists from the city, state, and various levels of educational institutions which created a stimulating conversation on the impact of policy on research and, likewise, research on policy.

Wendy Garland giving an update on the Los Angeles County HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2020 and Beyond.

Ms. Wendy Garland of the Los Angeles County Division on HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) gave the afternoon plenary presentation.  She provided an update on the Los Angeles County HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2020 and Beyond initiative (https://www.lacounty.hiv/) as well as some key collaborations with CHIPTS. In addition to sharing the priorities for HIV and STD prevention and treatment for Los Angeles County, she highlighted a number of collaborations in the works, which received excitement from many conference attendees.

Dr. Steve Shoptaw, CHIPTS Center Director, giving the closing plenary for the day.

Dr. Steve Shoptaw presented the closing plenary on Methamphetamine and HIV Treatment and Prevention that gave insight into the current state of the opioid crisis and it’s impact on those living with HIV and those at risk. Dr. Norweeta Milburn‘s left everyone inspired and hopeful for the future with her closing statements, proving the conference to be a full day of science, networking, and learning.

You can download all of the presentations (individually or in one pdf) and the full program below! We’ve also posted our Gallery on Facebook so make sure to check out all of the photos from the conference.

Next Generation Program: Next Gen 2019 Agenda (34 downloads)
All Presentations: 2019 HIV Next Generation - All Presentations (14 downloads)

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Steve Shoptaw, PhD
Director, UCLA CHIPTS
Professor, UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science
Vice Chair, Research in Family Medicine

Norweeta Milburn, PhD
Professor-in-Residence, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Co-Director, UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP)
Director, UCLA Center For AIDS Research Health Disparities Core
Director, Development Core, UCLA CHIPTS

Opening Plenary

Ricky Bluthenthal - Morning Plenary "Lessons learned from 25 years of combatting HIV among people who inject drugs (PWID)" (10 downloads)
Ricky N. Bluthenthal, PhD
Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine
Professor, Institute for Prevention Research, USC Keck School of Medicine

People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)

Discussant, Ricky N. Bluthenthal, PhD
Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine
Professor, Institute for Prevention Research, USC Keck School of Medicine

Kelsey Simpson, MA
Kelsey Simpson "Correlates of mental health disorders in people who inject drugs (PWID)" (8 downloads)

Wei Cao, MS
Wei Cao "Challenges facing HIV-positive clients in methadone maintenance treatment in China" (7 downloads)

Policy Impact for HIV/AIDS Research Panel

Policy Impact Panel Slides - Nina Harawa "Policy Continuum: Condoms in California Prisons" (8 downloads)

Arleen Leibowitz , PhD
UCLA, CHIPTS Policy Core
Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Policy, UCLA School of Public Affairs

Ninez Ponce, MPP, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA FSPH
UCLA California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

Ricky Rosales, BA
LA City AIDS Coordinator

Craig Pulsipher, MPP, MSW
State Affairs Specialist, APLA

Nina Harawa, PhD, MPH
UCLA, CHIPTS Policy Core
Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Adolescent (HIV) Trials Network (ATN)

Discussant, Dallas Swendeman, PhD, MPH
Co-Director, Development Core, UCLA CHIPTS
Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Co-Director, UCGHI Center of Expertise on Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment

Anne E. Fehrenbacher, PhD, MPH
Anne Fehrenbacher "Gender disparities in prevalence, frequency, and baseline correlates of transactional sex among high-risk adolescents" (10 downloads)

Drew Wood-Palmer, BS
Drew Wood-Palmer "Prevalence of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis Antibody Among High-risk Adolescents in Los Angeles and New Orleans" (7 downloads)

Afternoon Plenary

Wendy Garland - Afternoon Plenary - "Update on HIV in Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County HIV/AIDS Strategy" (12 downloads)
Wendy Garland, MPH
Chief Epidemiologist, Division of HIV and STD Programs, LAC DPH

Underserved Populations

Discussant, Cathy Reback, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Friends Research Institute, Inc.
Executive Director, Friends Community Center
Core Director, Combination Prevention Core, UCLA CHIPTS

Michael Li, PhD, MPH
Michael Li - "Stimulant use, housing instability, and depressive symptoms Comorbid conditions and viral trajectories in the context of coordinated HIV care in Los Angeles County" (9 downloads)

Sabrina Smiley, PhD
Sabrina Smiley - "Jack’d dating application motivation, experiences, and sexual risk behaviors a qualitative study" (8 downloads)

Siddharth Raich, MPH
Siddharth Raich "Health Disparities in HIV-Positive Incarcerated and Post-Incarcerated Populations" (11 downloads)

Closing Plenary

Methamphetamine and HIV Treatment and Prevention
Steve Shoptaw, PhD
Director, UCLA CHIPTS
Professor, UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science
Vice Chair, Research in Family Medicine

Closing Remarks

Norweeta Milburn, PhD
Professor-in-Residence, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Co-Director, UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP)
Director, UCLA Center For AIDS Research Health Disparities Core
Director, Development Core, UCLA CHIPTS

Steve Shoptaw, PhD
Director, UCLA CHIPTS
Professor, UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science
Vice Chair, Research in Family Medicine

Poster Presentations

Benjamin Jones, BA
Benjamin Jones "What’s missing? Investigating the gaps between PrEP knowledge, eligibility, and utilization among at-risk youth" (9 downloads)

Carla Del Cid, BS
Carla Del Cid "Incorporating dating application strategies to recruit youth at risk or youth living with HIV (ATN CARES Project)" (8 downloads)

Diep Nguyen, MD
Diep Nguyen "Perceived occupational risk and negative attitude towards people who use drugs among community health workers in Vietnam" (10 downloads)

Jesse Goldshear, MPH
Jesse Goldshear "Nutritional differences among people who use drugs from a multi-site study in California" (7 downloads)

Joan Christodoulou, PhD
Crystal clear with the Medication Adherence Trainer (MAT): An interactive educational demonstration to increase knowledge and adherence to antiretroviral therapy among youth living with HIV

Loc Pham, MS
Loc Pham "Social support and motivation to change among people who use drugs in Vietnam" (9 downloads)

Melissa Medich, PhD, MPH
Melissa Medich"The pull of soccer and the push of Xhosa boys in an HIV and drug abuse intervention in the Western Cape, South Africa" (8 downloads)

Special Thanks

We would like to thank the members of the Conference Planning Committee for their countless hours in planning and organizing this conference including: Isabelle Chu, Damilola Jolayemi, Uyen Kao, Norweeta Milburn, and Dallas Swendeman.

Also, we would like to thank the generous volunteers who helped with today’s event: Jennifer Baughman and Sandra Cuevas.

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