The 2020 HIV Next Generation Conference hosted by CHIPTS welcomed 149 attendees to the UCLA Campus for a day of presentations, discussions, learning and networking. The conference, facilitated by Dallas Swendeman, CHIPTS Development Core Co-Director, welcomed attendees and participants from community based organizations, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and other partners seeking to end the HIV epidemic. The day also provided a unique opportunity for cross-collaboration and mentorship.
Steve Shoptaw, CHIPTS Director, and Norweeta Milburn, CHIPTS Development Core Director, gave opening remarks to lay the groundwork for the day, emphasizing the theme, “Ending the HIV Epidemic with Adolescents and Young Adults”. Marguerita Lightfoot, who presented on the topic “Activating Youth through Social Networks”, gave the inspirational opening plenary.
The day’s agenda featured informative presentations by panels of community members, postdoctoral fellows, and new and emerging investigators. The first panel discussion moderated by Ronald Brooks, CHIPTS Core Scientist, centered on innovative PrEP interventions. Jessica Saleska gave a presentation highlighting the role of race and place on PrEP awareness. Lindsay Young shed light on social network interventions aimed at diffusing PrEP among young black MSM, and Alicia Morehead Gee discussed using black beauty salons as sites for PrEP interventions alongside co-presenter Dilara Uskup, CHIPTS Postdoctoral Fellow. The next panel facilitated by Cathy Reback, CHIPTS Combination Prevention Core Director, had presentations by Sam Cavetti and Heather Gunn, both of whom focused on assessing mental health, substance use and social determinants of risk among youth. A Community Based Organization panel consisting of Nicole Cunningham, Brandon Harrison and Evelyn Everheart was facilitated by Dahlia Ferlito, CHIPTS Co-chair, and discussed community HIV program innovations. Chunqin Lin, Jesse Fletcher and Sona Oksuzyan discussed the integration of mental health, substance abuse and HIV prevention and treatment in a panel discussion moderated by Sung Jae Lee, CHIPTS Method Core Director.
Over the course of the day, poster presenters provided engaging presentations on innovative research during their poster sessions that attracted conference attendees.
As a final presentation, CHIPTS faculty shared information on the three local NIH funded projects, also known as the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EtHE) Supplement projects. Uyen Kao, CHIPTS Executive Director, Ronald Brooks and Raphael Landovitz, CHIPTS Co-Director, engaged the audience in an edifying discussion facilitated by Steve Shoptaw.
Nina Harawa, CHIPTS Policy Core Director, gave a tribute for William Cunningham, a beloved CHIPTS Core Scientist who embodied the tenets of mentorship and supported the work of new and emerging investigators to address HIV needs and disparities, particularly in under-served communities.
Finally, Norweeta Milburn gave the closing remark reminding attendees of the conference’s purpose and the need to work together towards ending the HIV epidemic.
The meeting agenda and presentation slides are available for download below. Visit the CHIPTS Facebook page for a mini gallery capturing some of the day’s highlights.