CHIPTS HIV Next Generation Conference

The Center for HIV, Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) at UCLA is pleased to announce the upcoming HIV Next Generation Conference on Friday, January 26, 2024, 8:30am-2:30pm. The conference is in-person and free to attend.

Registration is closed, please email ojolayemi@mednet.ucla.edu with any questions.

Program

General Information

Registration is now closed for the CHIPTS 2024 HIV Next Generation Conference on Friday, January 26, 2024, 8:30am – 2:30pm. The conference is free to attend and will be held in-person at UCLA Covel Commons – 330 De Neve Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Registration includes breakfast and lunch.

The goal of this conference is to support the next generation of HIV researchers, HIV prevention and treatment practitioners, and service providers working towards an end to HIV/AIDS through networking and sharing visions for future priorities.

This year’s conference theme is “Innovating Interventions to Prevent HIV: Intersectionality and Syndemics.”

We welcome participation from all Southern California, national and global stakeholders and partners working to advance HIV prevention and treatment programs, policies, education, and research. The intended audience are CBO, ASO, clinic and public health department staff, community, patient and client advocates, students and trainees, and early-stage to established investigators.

Abstracts:

We encourage abstracts on this theme and any of the sub-themes below to create a shared vision of priorities and partnerships to make transformational impacts on HIV prevention and treatment that are based upon CHIPTS’ four-level (behavioral, biomedical, technological, structural) framework for HIV prevention and care.

  • Health Disparities and Inequities
  • Homelessness, Housing and Economic Insecurity
  • Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse
  • Stigma and Discrimination
  • Syndemics
  • Intersectionality
  • Co-Morbidities and Co-Infections
  • Biomedical Prevention (PrEP/PEP)
  • Continuums of Care and Prevention
  • Implementation Science
  • Model Partnerships and Integrated Services
  • COVID-19
  • Mpox (Poxvirus)

Abstracts that address social and structural determinants of health (e.g., homelessness, stigma), resilience, and protective factors to improve HIV health outcomes, and abstracts that explore the impact of disruptors and innovation on HIV prevention, substance use, and/or mental health services (e.g., expansion of telehealth, self-testing, etc.) for communities affected by HIV are strongly encouraged. Abstracts from global and local research projects are also encouraged.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

To guide your abstract submission, abstracts should be between 300-600 words and feature the sections: Title, Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion

5 Ways to Participate:

  1. Attend: Participate in the conference to learn, share, and network.
  2. Present: Share program and research experiences and findings in oral or poster
  3. Mentor: Senior researchers and staff provide feedback on abstract drafts prior to final
  4. Review: Conduct peer review of abstracts for oral and poster
  5. Learn: Earn up to 4 hours of Continuing Education Credits for Nurses, LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, LEP & *Pharmacists

For questions or comments, please contact Damilola Jolayemi at ojolayemi@mednet.ucla.edu

Conference Recaps

Event Description

The 2023 CHIPTS HIV Next Generation Virtual Conference occurred on Friday, December 2, 2022 from 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM. The conference is VIRTUAL and FREE to attend. Access the conference recap with opening remarks, open plenary, and panel discussions. https://chipts.ucla.edu/news/2022-chipts-hiv-next-generation-virtual-conference-recap/

The conference is organized to support the next generation of HIV researchers and service providers who are working towards an end to HIV/AIDS through networking and sharing visions for future priorities. The theme of this year’s conference is “Implementation Science for HIV Prevention and Treatment to End the Epidemics” The conference will feature oral and poster presentations by faculty, student and emerging researchers from various institutions.

Download conference program:
2022 CHIPTS HIV Next Generation Conference Program

Download agenda only:
2022 CHIPTS HIV Next Generation Conference - Agenda

Download oral presentations:
2022 CHIPTS HIV Next Generation Conference Oral Presentations List

Download poster presentations:
2022 CHIPTS HIV Next Generation Conference Poster Presentations

We invite you to take a look at the poster presentations below which will be featured at the 2022 Next Generation Virtual Conference.

CEU credits: Attend the conference, and sign in and out using the form that will be provided to receive credits. The PAETC will follow up post-conference.

The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center – Los Angeles Area is accredited to provide the following: Continuing LCSW and MFT Education Credit. Courses meet the qualification for a maximum 3.5 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider #PCE 128280. Continuing Nursing Education Credit. Course is approved for a maximum of 3.5 contact hour by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #15484.

Conference Poster Presentation

POSTER PRESENTATION 1
Presenter(s):

Gabriel Edwards, MD, MPH, Associate Project Scientist, Department of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Presentation Title: Mobile Enhanced Prevention Support: App Design for People Leaving Jail

Summary: This is a project which received funding as part of the CHIPTS 2022 Mentored Pilot Grant Program. It focuses on a population at high risk for HIV -sexual and gender minorities with a recent history of incarceration and substance use, and aims to gather qualitative data on the way the population engages with mobile technology to address health and social needs. We use an implementation science framework centering around health equity to guide data collection.

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POSTER PRESENTATION 2
Presenter(s):

Khadesia Howell, MPH, RAND Corporation, Doctoral Student, Pardee RAND Graduate SchooL
Presentation Title: A ‘Think Aloud’ Qualitative Study to Improve Coping with Discrimination and Reduce Health Disparities among Black Sexual Minority Men

Summary: ‘Think Aloud’ is a processes can add depth to the quantitative and qualitative research and gives dimension to thought processes and behavioral responses. There are a variety of studies looking at Black sexual minority men and intersectionality’s impact on mental health and stigma; however, they do not combine ‘Think Aloud’ with self-reported discrimination for a better understanding of the impact of discrimination and stigma on mental health and coping mechanisms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATION 3
Presenter(s):

Aliaa Ibnidris, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neuroscience Institute, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Presentation Title: Association of combined antiretroviral therapy with altered brain function and cognition dysfunction in people with HIV

Summary: Neurocognitive impairment in later stages of HIV is common ad still occurs even in controlled HIV infections with combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). This project aims to look at the association between being on cART with brain function as well as with cognitive performance in people with HIV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATION 4
Presenter(s):

Ricardo Mendoza Lepe, PhD, Bilingual Research Coordinator, Bienestar Human Services
Presentation Title: Desde su Persectiva: Inclusivity and Research Community Advisory Boards in Transgender Research

Summary: Meetings to improve research about their communities, learn and be part of their research, learn about research development, and create inclusive and trusted programs for the transgender community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATION 5
Presenter(s):

Amanda P. Miller, MS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, San Diego State University & University of California San Diego (Joint T32 program)
Presentation Title: Evaluating the relationship between hazardous alcohol use andintimate partner violence and PrEP use in pregnant and breastfeeding women at high risk of HIV in Cape Town, South Africa

Summary: HIV, perinatal alcohol use and intimate partner violence (IPV) represent a syndemic that produces a tremendous public health burden for both mother and fetus in South Africa. Contextualizing drivers of alcohol use and risk factors for IPV among pregnant and breastfeeding women and how alcohol use, IPV victimization and other social determinants of health experienced by South African women influence decision making around PrEP use will provide critical insight into potential points of intervention to address these intersecting health issues. We qualitatively explored these themes among pregnant women at high risk of HIV infection who report using alcohol and/or experiencing intimate partner violence during pregnancy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATION 6
Presenter(s):

Bret Moulton, MPH, Supervising Epidemiologist, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Division of HIV and STD Programs
Presentation Title: “Ending the HIV Epidemic” in Los Angeles County: HIV Diagnoses Among Clients Utilizing Free, Mailed HIV Self-Test Kits

Summary: As an emerging strategy to expand HIV testing availability, self-testing can expand screening access to persons who might experience barriers to accessing health care. Since 2020, Los Angeles County has provided free HIV self-test kits through  the mail to targeted residents. One-third of people who ordered a kit reported never testing for HIV before, and 1.1% of participants had an HIV diagnosis within one year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATION 7
Presenter(s):

Jada Williams, BS, Graduate Student, UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health
Presentation Title: Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Queer Black Men in Los Angeles: Reflections from a Virtual Listening Session

Summary: The CFAR Health Disparities Core convened a virtual listening session with queer Black men living in Los Angeles to describe the meanings of a shared lived experience, as well as the situations, conditions, and contexts that are part of the lived experience of participants. The current study was designed to better understand the experiences of queer Black men, including experiences associated with their sexual minority and race or racialized identities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATION 8
Presenter(s):

Jocelyn Limas, BSc, Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health – Epidemiology, UCLA Semel Institute Center for Community Health
Presentation Title: Barriers to PrEP initiation among at-risk youth in Los Angeles and New Orleans

Summary: HIV PrEP uptake among adolescents and young adults remains low, prompting research and interventions to address barriers to PrEP initiation with a focus on expanding PrEP awareness and knowledge. In this analysis, data from a study of the Adolescents HIV Medicines Trial Network (ATN 149) was used to identify other underlying and often overlooked barriers to PrEP initiation amongst this population and how these barriers changed over time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATION 9
Presenter(s):

Reshmi Mukerji, MPH, Graduate Student, University College London, Institute for Global Health
Presentation Title: Qualitative study of intersectional stigma of HIV and other marginalized identities among women living with HIV in India

Summary: Women living with HIV carry a disproportionate burden of HIV stigma, especially in countries where gender discrimination is rampant. Women who have additional marginalized identities often experience worsened violence as a result of multiple stigmas. The nature of this violence can be temporal in nature, as there is a reduction in enacted and internalized stigma over time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATION 10
Presenter(s):

Ali Mhungu, PhD Student, School of Health Sciences University of Dundee
Presentation Title: Adult Girls and Young Women’s experiences of HIV in the context of patriarchal culture in Murewa, Zimbabwe

Summary: This presentation presents the personal, relational and social experiences of living with HIV amongst the adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). The results of this study indicated that despite being disfranchised by HIV, AGYW demonstrated agency and resilience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATION 11
Presenter(s):

Antwan De’Sean Matthews, BSc, Director Of Youth Programs, Code Tenderloin
Presentation Title: Code Tenderloin Empowering Black Youth Program Provides Incentives And Resources to Address Health Disparities in San Francisco, CA.

Summary: Throughout this workshop, the audience will learn how Nonprofits can effectively provide resources and solutions for the communities they serve through program implementation. Through the EBY program process, students are incentivized to participate in the development of the program by providing financial opportunities throughout the 16 weeks. With a diverse funding source, EBY 2022 cohort funded ten interns at $8,000 per student and three fellows at $10,500 per student. Audience members will have learned by the end of the presentation how to develop effective programs through advocacy and program development and implementation to help address health disparities in their communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATION 12
Presenter(s):

Vanessa R. Warri, MSW, PhD Student, UCLA Department of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, Center for the Study of Women
Presentation Title: Towards Justice-Centered Futures in Transgender Research: Community-Driven Insights for Repairing and Forging Stronger Academic and Community Relations

Summary: : Robust safeguards against exploitative or harmful research practices related to transgender, gender-expansive, and intersex (TGI) communities have not yet fully been articulated, much less systematically implemented in institutional settings. This presentation offers reflective insights from phase one qualitative interviews of an ongoing collaboration between research universities and TGI communities in California to examine research priorities, ethical considerations, and opportunities to foster greater relationships among TGI and academic research communities

 

Welcome/ Opening Plenary

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

Opening Remarks by:

  • Norweeta Milburn, PhD, Director, CHIPTS Development Core
  • Steve Shoptaw, PhD, Director, CHIPTS 

Conference Facilitator and Announcements by:

  • Dallas Swendeman, PHD, Co-Director, CHIPTS Development Core

OPENING PLENARY

Amaya Perez-Brumer, PhD, MSCAssistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Social and Behavioural Health Science

Presentation Title: Who Benefits from Global HIV Prevention Science? A Call for Researcher Accountability

Presentation Summary: To imagine and reimagine a more just praxis for HIV research globally, we, as scholars and practitioners, must grapple with the extreme privilege at the center of who gets to do global HIV health research, who are its beneficiaries, and who are its subjects. To begin to think through these provocations, this talk will discuss three ongoing paradoxes rooted in data politics and the extractive logics at the center of global HIV prevention science.

Panel Discussion

Set 1 – Panel 1: Mental Health and HIV Prevention 

1. Jasmine Lucero Lopez, BS

Presentation Title:
A virtual platform to mitigate the effects of isolation among older people living with HIV: Lessons learned in usability with Discord - Slides

Presentation Summary: This presentation will discuss the perspectives of a Community Advisory Board (CAB) on the usability of Discord as a virtual village. We will explore the benefits and drawbacks of this platform for the purpose of this study, based on the opinions expressed by the CAB. Lessons learned from this experience and how to improve future studies will be shared.

 

2. Katherine Lewis, BA

Presentation Title:
I have moments where I am down, but it has made me resilient: Mental health strengths among youth at-risk for and living with HIV - Slides

Presentation Summary: Youth enrolled in several linked HIV prevention and treatment continua studies who participated in a telehealth coaching intervention completed a strengths assessment, and qualitative data on mental health strengths was analyzed using thematic analysis and a resilience lens. Youth self-described mental health strengths included intrapersonal resilience assets (protective traits, stress management activities, feeling positive despite current mental health challenges, and no current mental health challenges) and external resilience resources (social/emotional support, therapy/counseling, and use of mental health medication). These results highlight the utility of strengths-based intervention methods and resilience for youth at-risk for and living with HIV.

 

3. Curtis Wong, BSc & Alice Ma, BSc

Presentation Title:
Sexual health promotion methods and decision-making among youth at-risk for and living with HIV in Los Angeles and New Orleans: A qualitative, choice-based analysis - Slides

Presentation Summary: A strengths-based telehealth coaching intervention was delivered to youth at-risk for or living with HIV in Los Angeles and New Orleans within the context of several linked HIV prevention and treatment continua studies. We used a choice-based framework and qualitative methods to analyize strengths assessment data, which revealed intrapersonal, interpersonal, and structural factors that influenced participants’ sexual health decision-making, including decisions regarding PrEP use, condom use, and other strategies. These results demonstrate the utility of self-determination and choice-based frameworks in sexual health promotion efforts for youth.

 

Set 1 – Panel 2: HIV Prevention 

1. David Mosqueda & Dino Selders, B.S

Presentation Title:
Addressing PrEP/ PEP Use Disparities Amongst Marginalized Communities by way of a Peer-led Collaborative Initiative - Slides

Presentation Summary: PrEP Furnishing shows promise of assisting marginalized peoples living in primary care healthcare shortage areas. Altamed fast tracks furnishing initiatives by placing PrEP navigators in the lead when it comes to Patient initial care and retention.

 

2. Lori Zomback BS

Presentation Title:
Medical Student-run Telehealth for HIV Testing and Counseling Among Sexual Minority Men: Impact on Patient Experience and Implications for Student Education - Slides

Presentation Summary: A group of medical students conducted tele-health HIV testing using OraQuick and provided education and risk-reduction counseling during the turnaround time. There was high participant satisfaction and educational benefit for the students, demonstrating benefits to both public health and medical education.

 

3. Pablo Zapata, PhD

Presentation Title:
Factors Associated with HIV Testing Among Spanish and English Speaking Latinx Youth - Slides

Presentation Summary: Data for the current project were collected as part of SMART, an ongoing pragmatic trial of an online HIV prevention intervention for adolescent sexual minority youth. Despite higher risk, few Latino youth reported ever having received an HIV test. Results suggest sexual health education and pediatricians are an important, but largely untapped, source of testing and could be further supported with familial support to end the epidemic

 

 

Set 2 – Panel 1: Substance Use and HIV

1. Boram Kim, PhD, RN & Cheng-Shi Shiu, PhD & Wei-Ti Chen, RN, CNM, PhD, FAAN

Presentation Title:
Factors Influencing Betel Nut Chewing Behavior in People Living with HIV in Myanmar

Presentation Summary: Despite the WHO classifying betel nuts as a carcinogen with a high risk of oral and laryngeal cancer, Myanmar is one of the world’s largest consumers of betel nuts because chewing betel nuts is socially and culturally influenced in Myanmar. The study aimed to examine factors that influence betel nut chewing in people living with HIV (PLWH) in Myanmar. From a secondary analysis of 2020 Myanmar PLWH data, physiological hyperarousal symptoms and loneliness were associated with increased betel nut chewing among PLWH in Myanmar.

 

2. Amanda P. Miller, PhD, MS

Presentation Title:
Substance use and associated intimate partner violence risk among MSM in Los Angeles, California

Presentation Summary: Prior work suggests substance use is a risk factor for intimate partner violence but limited research exploring this association among MSM exists. We explored associations between substance use and experiences of IPV among MSM participating in the mSTUDY cohort in Los Angeles. Stimulant use was associated with increased odds of experiencing IPV relative to those reporting no stimulant use and the magnitude of this association was greater among MSM living with HIV.

 

Set 2 – Panel 2: EHE Implementation Science (PT. 1)

1. Alison Hamilton, PHD, MPH

Presentation Title:
The UCLA Rapid, Rigorous, Relevant (3R) Implementation Science Hub: Supporting EHE Initiatives

Presentation Summary: The UCLA 3R Hub, a supplement to CHIPTS, is one of eight hubs funded by the NIMH to support EHE pilot Implementation studies. Tis presentation will briefly address the critical role of Implementation science in ending the HIV Epidemic and will describe services and supports that are available to the Southern California community and beyond.

 

2. Wei-Ti Chen, RN, CNM, PhD, FAAN

Presentation Title:
Addressing Intersectional Oppression in Asian Pacific Americans with HIV in Southern CA: An Implementation Science Framework - Slides

Presentation Summary: The purpose of this study is to collaborate with the local Asian Pacific American With HIV (APAWH) community to adapt and evaluate the appropriateness, acceptability, and feasibility of a 4-session, 4-week Social-justice Oriented, Family Informed self-management intervention to promote health among APAWH in Southern California, particularly Orange counties (SOFIAA). The scientific premise is that APAWH experience systematic barriers in healthcare delivery and policies, resulting in poor health outcomes. Additionally, regardless of ethnicity, APAs often prioritize their responsibilities to their families over their own individual needs. Our hypothesis is that APAWH will perceive SOFIAA as acceptable, feasible, and appropriate and a future study will demonstrate SOFIAA may be used to promote family support, decrease the effects of structural racism and HIV-related stigma, and achieve better outcomes in APAWH. This study addresses the critical need to optimize an intervention to promote self-management skills among APAWH by simultaneously addressing the reality and effects of structural racism and discrimination against APAWH from both the mainstream U.S. society and the APA communities.

 

3. Laura Hoyt D’Anna, MPA, DrPH & Everardo Alvizo, LCSW & Jaelen Owens, BA

Presentation Title:
Implementing a Community-Engaged Equity Approach to Identify Barriers and Facilitators to the PrEP Care Continuum in Long Beach, CA - Slides

Presentation Summary: The study aims to address the HIV epidemic by improving PrEP linkage, uptake, and retention among Black and Latinx same-gender loving men, transgender women, and other gender-diverse persons in Long Beach, CA. This is a mixed methods study designed to explore barriers and facilitators to engagement along the PrEP care continuum from the viewpoints of community members and current and potential PrEP providers. Findings will inform the following: 1) the Long Beach HIV/STI Strategic Plan, 2) a culturally appropriate PrEP readiness and facilitation tool, and 3) intervention opportunities to be studied in future research.

 

Set 3 – Panel 1: Policy Impact

1. Felipe Findley, PA-C, MAPS, AAHIVS & Vanessa Warri, MSW

Presentation Title:
HIV and the Carceral State: Researching Effects on Health Outcomes - Slides

Presentation Summary: This panel will share broad perspectives of CHIPTS Community Advisory Board member and community partners engaged in CHIPTS PIC work to address disproportionate health outcomes across communities engaged by carceral systems. Panelists will elucidate pathways for researchers to better capture the effects of criminalization on health outcomes.

 

Set 3 – Panel 2: EHE Implementation Science (PT. 2)

1. Ronald A. Brooks, PhD

Presentation Title:
The Incentives for Prevention Study (TIPS): Financially Incentivizing Strategies for HIV Prevention in High-Incidence Populations in LA County - Slides

Presentation Summary: The project will host 7 informational/educational community workshops to provide up-to-date and relevant information on LAI-PrEP to providers (medical and non-medical) that serve Black/Latino/a MSM and transgender women and potential consumers. Additionally, the project will develop a community-derived and culturally appropriate strategic messaging guide to facilitate ongoing dissemination of LAI PrEP information to our focused populations of providers and consumers.

 

2. Raiza M. Beltran, PhD, MPH & Tam Phan, PharmD, AAHIVP

Presentation Title:
Pharmacist delivered PrEP and PEP in three high priority EHE Counties in CA: An Overview - Slides

Presentation Summary: For this presentation, we will provide a short overview of our proposed project that builds community capacity to better examine the facilitators and barriers to pharmacists-furnished HIV services in select priority areas of Southern California.

 

3. Carl Highshaw, PhD & Sung-Jae Lee, PhD

Presentation Title:
Haus of C.H.O.P (Choosing Healthy Options for Prevention/PrEP) - Slides

Presentation Summary: For this study, we provide a plan on the equity-focused approaches aimed at optimizing engagement of young Black LGBTQ+ individuals across the PrEP care continuum by partnering with House & Ball Community (H&BC) members using social work guiding principles.

 

4. Corrina Moucheraud, ScD, MPH & Raphael J. Landovitz, MD, MSc

Presentation Title:
The Incentives for Prevention Study (TIPS): Financially Incentivizing Strategies for HIV prevention in High-Incidence Populations in LA County - Slides

Presentation Summary: TIPS is a recently-funded project (an Ending the HIV Epidemic supplement to CHIPTS) that is using a mixed methods approach to understand how best to design an investigational financial incentives program for PrEP use and HIV prevention among young, Latino, Black and African American, cisgender men who have sex with men in South Los Angeles. This represents a collaborative research endeavor between investigators at UCLA, APLA Health & Wellness, and DHSP; and aims to generate policy- and program-relevant insights.

Event Description

The 2022 CHIPTS HIV Next Generation Virtual Conference is this upcoming Friday, January 28, 2022 from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM. The conference is VIRTUAL and FREE to attend. Access the conference recap with opening remarks, open plenary, and panel discussions. https://chipts.ucla.edu/news/chipts-2022-hiv-next-generation-virtual-conference-recap/

Please REGISTER if you would like to attend. The conference is organized to support the next generation of HIV researchers and service providers who are working towards an end to HIV/AIDS through networking and sharing visions for future priorities. The theme of this year’s conference is “Resilience and Risk: Changing Paradigms.” The conference will feature oral and poster presentations by faculty, student and emerging researchers from various institutions.

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We invite you to take a look at the poster presentations below which will be featured at the 2022 Next Generation Virtual Conference.

CEU credits: Attend the conference, and sign in and out using the form that will be provided to receive credits. The PAETC will follow up post-conference.

The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center – Los Angeles Area is accredited to provide the following: Continuing LCSW and MFT Education Credit. Courses meet the qualification for a maximum 3.5 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider #PCE 128280. Continuing Nursing Education Credit. Course is approved for a maximum of 3.5 contact hour by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #15484.

Conference Poster Presentations

Poster Presentation 1

Presenter(s):

  • Cherie Blair, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Presentation Title: HIV, Methamphetamine Use, and Pulmonary Hypertension: From Blue Skies to an Integrated Research Agenda

Summary: This project was funded by the 2021 CHIPTS Kickstarter Grant. We will present findings from a joint UCLA/CHIPTS and Stanford symposium to develop a collective research agenda to identify and address the overlapping behavioral, biomedical, and social contexts of HIV, methamphetamine use, and pulmonary hypertension

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Presentation 2

Presenter(s):

  • Ekrem Cetinkaya, MS, Medical Student, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Eshani Choksi, BS, Medical Student, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Surayya Miller, MBS, Medical Student, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nishawn Rahaman, MS, Medical Student, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Krzysztof Zembrzuski, BA, Medical Student, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Presentation Title: Risk Factors for HIV Progression Among Males Ages 18-35 in Essex County, New Jersey: A Literature Review

Summary: This presentation summarizes various risk factors that were identified in literature, that affect HIV progression and poor prognosis. We chose the 18-35-year-old male population in Essex County, New Jersey, as we believe that this population specifically faces extensive socioeconomic disadvantages that have contributed to the extremely high prevalence of HIV in this region. We believe that highlighting the risk factors that predispose this population to poorer outcomes is imperative in facilitating change to allocate more resources and attention to individuals in this area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Presentation 3

Presenter(s):

  • Homero E. del Pino, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and Research Health Scientist, GRECC (Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center), VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
  • Petra Durán, BA, Clinical Coordinator, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Angel Martínez, MS, Volunteer, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Edwin Rojas, MPH, Research Assistant, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

Presentation Title: Engaging the Siblings of Latinx MSM in Promoting PrEP Use

Summary: The siblings of Latinx MSM are an overlooked source of social support in HIV prevention strategies. We will share findings from our community-partnered study that aims to engage siblings in the promotion of PrEP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Presentation 4

Presenter(s):

  • Gabriel G. Edwards, MD, MPH, Assistant Project Scientist, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
  • Carolyn Belton, MHHS, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Presentation Title: Services for Re-Entry Populations: Community-Focused Development of a Policy Brief

Summary: This presentation describes the process of creating a policy brief on community re-entry services for individuals leaving incarceration. The brief was a collaboration between academics and community members, in response to an ongoing initiative to create policy recommendations around alternatives to incarceration in Los Angeles County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Presentation 5

Presenter(s):

  • Kevin Frost, Undergraduate Student at University of Southern California, Director of External Affairs at Harm Reduction Los Angeles
  • Sid Ganesh, BA, BS, PhD candidate, Department of Population and Public Health Sciences and the Institute for Prevention Research at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Cofounder and Codirector at Harm Reduction Los Angeles
  • Tucker Avra, DVM, Medical Student, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Cofounder and Codirector at Harm Reduction Los Angeles

Presentation Title: 1st Annual Harm Reduction in Clinical Praxis CME Conference

Summary: Birthed in the HIV epidemic in the US, Harm Reduction is a social justice movement and a framework for resource allocation that centers intersectional communities most impacted by the racist and anti-immigrant War on Drugs. The 1st Annual Harm Reduction in Clinical Praxis CME Conference was hosted by Harm Reduction Los Angeles in conjunction with the USC CME office at Keck School of Medicine on September 25, 2021, with a focus on offering interventional, institutional, and structural tools specific to improving care and outcomes for people who use drugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Presentation 6

Presenter(s):

  • Caleb Garcia, BS Candidate, Undergraduate Student, HIV Counseling and Testing Coalition at UCLA

Presentation Title: UCLA’s First Annual Sexual Health and Wellness Fair: Building a Healthier, Safer, & More Sex-Positive Campus

Summary: With the gracious support of the CHIPTS Kick Start Grant, the student-run HIV Counseling and Testing Coalition held its’ inaugural Sexual Health and Wellness Fair. The primary goal of the Fair was to administer free HIV tests and provide client-specific risk-reduction counseling to students, staff, and faculty. Our organization also utilized the Fair as an opportunity to re-introduce ourselves to the campus community as a free and confidential testing, counseling, and educational resource after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Presentation 7

Presenter(s):

  • Bill Le, BA, PrEP Education Specialist, APLA Health
  • Ian Klinger, MA, Research Coordinator, APLA Health
  • Matt Mutchler, PhD, Principal Investigator, APLA Health

Presentation Title: Innovative Outreach Strategies for a PrEP study during COVID-19

Summary: The poster presentation will discuss how to increase strategies for outreach and recruitment during the COVID-19 pandemic to support PrEP uptake between YBMSM and their close friends. As time has progressed and mandated shutdowns and “stay at home orders” in Los Angeles County have been lifted or lessened, in-person events have slowly started reappearing. This has led to us developing a new hybrid strategy which we are currently working to employ to reach our target population during these challenging times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Presentation 8

Presenter(s):

  • Charles McWells, BA, HIV Prevention Services Manager, Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Instructor, Community Faculty at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Presentation Title: Velvet Jesus: An Edu-tainment Model for Behavioral Change Among At-Risk LGBTQ Adults of Color

Summary: “Educational Entertainment” (or “Edu-tainment”) is an evidence-based model that uses film, television, theatre or other forms of performance art to convey health-empowerment messages.  In this project, Black and Latinx LGBTQ adults participated in screenings of a motion picture that focused on homophobia, childhood trauma, mental health disorders, and HIV/AIDS.  Following the screenings, audience members discussed how their shared experiences mirrored the film plot, and developed alternative plot-lines in which the characters made healthier behavioral choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Presentation 9

Presenter(s):

  • Dianna Polanco, BA, Research Coordinator, UCLA Semel Institute Center for Community Health

Presentation Title: Do Chatbots Have a Place in Adolescent HIV Research? A Qualitative Study in Los Angeles and New Orleans

Summary: The purpose of this abstract is to assess usability chatbots in research. Focus groups were held to discuss the pros and cons of using chatbots in research studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Presentation 10

Presenter(s):

  • Rebecca Ruiz, BS, HIV Project Empowerment Trainer, AltaMed Health Services

Presentation Title: Virtual Training Significantly Increases Primary Care Providers’ PrEP Knowledge

Summary: Several studies have shown that a lack of knowledge among primary care providers (PCPs) about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can be a barrier to HIV preventative care; when PCPs increase their knowledge about PrEP, they are more likely to initiate discussions about PrEP and prescribe it to their patients. We developed and conducted trainings among PCPs within a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to increase provider comfort/willingness with prescribing PrEP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Presentation 11

Presenter(s):

  • Jimena Sandoval, BA, Case Manager, Bienestar Human Services, Inc.
  • Ricardo Mendoza Lepe, PhD, Field Specialist and Research Coordinator, Bienestar Human Services, Inc.
  • Ronald Brooks, PhD, Assistant Professor at Department of Family Medicine at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and he is also Director of Research and Evaluation at Bienestar Human Services, Inc.
  • Brendan O’Connell, MSW, Chief Operating Officer, Bienestar Human Services, Inc.

Presentation Title: Homeless not hopeless: The impact of support systems in improving the quality of life of transgender people of color experiencing homelessness

Summary: Identifying the impact that social support connections, specifically from family members, have on trans people of color in facing risk situations and preventing future risk factors.

Welcome/Opening Plenary

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks by:

  • Norweeta Milburn, PhD, Director, CHIPTS Development Core
  • Steve Shoptaw, PhD, Director, CHIPTS 

Conference Facilitator and Announcements by:

  • Dallas Swendeman, PHD, Co-Director, CHIPTS Development Core

Opening Plenary

 

Presentation Title:
Promoting Resistance and Resilience for Holistic Health: The Power of LGBTQIA+ Youth

  • Gary W. Harper, PhD, MPH, Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Panel Discussions

Panel 1: PrEP with Gay and Bisexual Men

Presentation Title:
Correlates of Sexual Contact, COVID Testing, and Comfort Attending Sexual Venues During the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Global Sample of Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men - Slides

  • Juan C. Jauregui, MSW, MPH, Doctoral Student, Gay Sexuality and Social Policy Initiative, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles

Presentation Title:
Using PrEP is Being Part of a Larger Movement: Additional Individual and Community Level Benefits of PrEP Use Among Latino Gay and Bisexual Men - Slides

  • Martin Santillan Jr., Research Assistant, Bienestar Human Services

 

Panel 2: HIV and Substance Use

Panel Discussant: Pamina M. Gorbach, MHS, DRPH Global HIV Director, CHIPTS Co-Director, UCLA Center for AIDS Research Program on Biobehavioral Epidemiology and Substance Use.

Presentation Title:
Sexual Risk Among Pregnant Women at Risk of HIV Infection in Cape Town, South Africa: What Does Alcohol Have to do with it? - Slides

  • Amanda P. Miller, PhD, MSc, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA

Panel 3: PrEP with Women

Presentation Title:
Examining Interest in HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Delivery Modalities Among Ghanaian Immigrant Women in the US - Slides

  • Gloria Aidoo-Frimpong, MA, MPH, PhD Candidate, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, University at Buffalo -The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • David Adzrago, PhD(C), MSW, MPhil, PhD Candidate, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, School of Public Health, University of Texas, Houston, Texas

Presentation Title:
I Want to See What Thats About: Black Womens Insights on Accessing PrEP via a Telehealth App - Slides

  • Drew Mack, BSc, Medical Student, Charles Drew University, Urban Health Institute

Presentation Title:
Piloting TelePrEP Information Sessions: An Implementation Strategy to Increase PrEP Awareness and Optimize PrEP Uptake Among Latina Cisgender Women - Slides

  • Dilara K. Üsküp, PhD, PhD, Assistant Professor (In Progress), UCLA Department of Family Medicine & Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Sciences Department of Internal Medicine
  • Omar Nieto, BS, Project Director, UCLA Department of Family Medicine

Panel 4: People Living with HIV

Presentation Title:
Developing an Online Platform to Improve Social Connections for Older Adults Aging with HIV: Lessons Learned from Multi-site Discussion Groups - Slides

 

Panel 5: Youth and HIV

Panel Discussant: Sabrina L. Smiley, PhD, MPH, MCHES Core Scientist, CHIPTS Combination Prevention Core, Assistant Professor of Research in Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) of the University of Southern California (USC)

Event Description

The 2021 CHIPTS HIV Next Generation Virtual Conference is this upcoming Friday, January 22, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM. The conference is VIRTUAL and FREE to attend. Access the conference recap with opening remarks, open plenary, and panel discussions. https://chipts.ucla.edu/features/chipts-2021-hiv-next-generation-virtual-conference-recap/

Please REGISTER if you would like to attend. The conference is organized to support the next generation of HIV researchers and service providers who are working towards an end to HIV/AIDS through networking and sharing visions for future priorities. The theme of this year’s conference is “Living with Pandemics: Challenges and Opportunities for HIV Prevention and Treatment.” The conference will feature oral and poster presentations by faculty, student and emerging researchers from various institutions.

Important Deadlines & Dates

August 17, 2020 – Pre-submission Abstract deadline – submit here: https://forms.gle/W18Z6tPGVYoTjuc29
October 19, 2020 – Abstract submission deadline – submit online here: https://forms.gle/mKrkC55b2i46UyCg6
November 23, 2020 – Abstract acceptance notifications sent for oral/panel or poster presentations with guidelines
December 7, 2020 – Registration deadline for attendance

CEU credits: CEU credits (for nurses and mental health providers) will be offered by the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC) Los Angeles Region. If you are interested in receiving these credits, there is a secondary registration process. First register for the conference using the link above, then the PAETC will follow up with the CEU registration link.

The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center – Los Angeles Area is accredited to provide the following: Continuing LCSW and MFT Education Credit. Courses meet the qualification for a maximum 3.5 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider #PCE 128280. Continuing Nursing Education Credit. Course is approved for a maximum of 3.5 contact hour by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #15484.

Welcome/Opening Plenary

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks by:

  • Norweeta Milburn, PhD, Director, CHIPTS Development Core
  • Steve Shoptaw, PhD, Director, CHIPTS 

Conference Facilitator and Announcements by:

  • Dallas Swendeman, PHD, Co-Director, CHIPTS Development Core

Opening Plenary

 

Presentation Title: N/A

  • Judith S. Currier, MD, MSc, Chief, UCLA Division of Infectious Disease

Panel Discussions

Panel 1: COVID-19 and HIV

Presentation Title: Leveraging Telehealth to Promote Access to HIV Primary Care among Persons Living with HIV in LAC during COVID-19 

  • Angela Castillo, MA, Research Analyst II, Los Angeles County of Public Health, Division of HIV and STD Programs

Presentation Title: Joteria Mentality: A Social Media Strategy to Clap Back at COVID 19

  • Alejandro Chavez, HIV Prevention Supervisor, Project Empowerment Grant (State Office of AIDS), AltaMed Health Services
  • Charlie De Lira-Zepeda, HIV Prevention Supervisor, Vulnerable Populations Grant (LA County Department of Health), AltaMed Health Services

Presentation Title: Testing an Educational Visual Aid to Increase Knowledge and Adherence to Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among At-risk Youth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Joan Christodoulou, PhD, Assistant Professor, Palo Alto University
  • Disha Nangia, UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences
  • Elizabeth Shaw, Palo Alto University

 

Panel 2: HIV Prevention and Treatment Among MSM

 

Presentation Title: Examining geographical differences in the HIV care cascade among men who have sex with men in Mexico

  • Angel Algarin, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego

Presentation Title: “That’s kind of like the big struggle right now is can we get PrEP?” Facilitators and barriers to PrEP uptake among active duty gay and bisexual males

  • Raiza Beltran, MPH, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA DSGOM, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Ashley Schuyler, MPH, PhD candidate, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University

Presentation Title: Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing and Associated Factors among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China

  • Chenglin Hong, MSW, MPH, PhD candidate, Department of Social Welfare, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

 

Panel 3: Programs and Interventions for HIV Prevention

Presentation Title: Justicia Une a Nuestras MujeresTrans y Oficiales de Policías Hacia la Salud (JUNTOS:—“together”) [Justice Unites our Trans Women and Police Officers Toward Health]: A Trust-Building Intervention to Help Address Critical HIV Outcomes

  • Joanna Lizbeth Barreras, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor at CSULB and Associate Director of Research and Evaluation at Bienestar Human Services, Inc, California State University, Long Beach–School of Social Work and Bienestar Human Services, Inc.

Presentation Title: Differences in Sexual Health Communication: The Use of Latent Class Analysis to Inform HIV Intervention Tailoring for Young Black Women

  • Jaih Craddock, PhD, MSW, MA, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Presentation Title: The State of LGBT Health Care Access In Orange County: Health Care and Mental Health Experiences and Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Populations in Orange County 

  • Austin Nation, PhD, RN, PHN, Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton, School of Nursing
  • Aleiza Ambalada, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton, School of Nursing
  • Jonathan Pelayo, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton, School of Nursing
  • Mathew Trevino, BSN, RN, Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton (Alumni), School of Nursing

Panel 4: Ending the HIV Epidemic Supplement Projects (UCLA CHIPTS)

Presentation Title: Regional Response to HIV Eradication Efforts in California Counties  

  • Elena Rosenberg-Carlson, MPH, Ending the HIV Epidemic Coordinator, UCLA CHIPTS

Presentation Title: Technology-Based PrEP Delivery and Retention Services for Priority Populations in Los Angeles County 

  • Omar Nieto, BA, Project Director, UCLA Department of Family Medicine
  • Dilara Üsküp, Ph.D., Ph.D, NIH T32 Post-Doctoral Fellow, UCLA CHIPTS

Presentation Title: Preparing for long-acting injectable treatment for HIV in Los Angeles 

  • Oluwadamilola Jolayemi, MSc, Program Coordinator, UCLA CHIPTS