Virtual Agenda

Join the Professional Association in Social Work and HIV/AIDS and Collaborative Solutions, Inc online for the 34th National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS May 25-28, 2022 online package! Virtually attend many of the same sessions from the in-person national conference, and earn continuing education (CE) credit from the comfort of your home. The participant who will be attending in person will have the option to attend sessions on-site or virtually. 

Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Provider Approval #1548) is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Collaborative Solutions, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course(s). ACE Provider Approval Period: 05/16/2021 – 05/16/2024.Social workers participating in this conference receive continuing education credits.


All session start times will take place in the Central Standard Time Zone. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022  1:30pm - 3:00pm
Opening Plenary: Rebounding From The COVID-19 Pandemic With A Holistic Response To HIV

Description: This 60-minute plenary session will take place during the 34th National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS and will highlight the pivotal role social workers play in delivering holistic, client-centered HIV care. The session will emphasize how this holistic approach has been adopted as the cornerstone of the National HIV Strategy (2022-2025), as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and well-being of people living with HIV (PLWH) and those at risk for HIV comes to the fore. The session will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health of PLWH and their ability to remain in care, particularly those who are most vulnerable. It will also explore the key role social workers have played and can continue to play in bringing them back into care. Practical strategies for social workers to offer supportive mental-health care and other client-centered interventions to build resilience and improve overall health outcomes of PLWH will be explored. The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of social workers themselves, and strategies for coping, will also be discussed.

Objectives/Key Takeaways

Wednesday, May 25, 2022  4:00pm - 5:15pm
Breakout Session One
1.25 CE

 Title: Understand the Impact of Trauma-Informed Care Across the HIV Care Continuum

Topic: Trauma-Informed Care

Kieta Murphy, Gilead Science 
Heather Smith, Gilead Science 

• Trauma-Informed Care
• Care Continuum
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Breakout Session One
1.25 CE

Title: A Social Work Telephone-based Behavioral Intervention to reduce Cardiovascular Disease in persons with HIV (SWOBI-CVD)

Topic: HIV Aging

Nwora Lance Okeke, Duke University Medical Center 
Keith McAdam, Duke University Health System 
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Telephone-based interventions
• Chronic Disease Care

Thursday, May 26, 2022  8:00am - 9:45am
Opening Plenary: From Risk to Reasons: Reframing HIV Prevention and Care for Black Women


ViiV Healthcare’s Risk to Reasons initiative is designed to reframe and refocus HIV prevention and care for Black women. Co-created with ViiV Healthcare and Black women living with and working in HIV, Risk to Reasons sets out to develop new messages, new messengers, and new methods to increase awareness and action around HIV prevention for Black women of cis and trans experience. Guided by advocates across the country, the initiative creates content, funds community action, and connects advocates to change the impact of HIV in Black communities and get more Black women connected to prevention and care.

The Opening Plenary Brunch will showcase Take My Hand, ViiV Healthcare’s impact theater piece and community activation that focuses exclusively on the urgency and hope around Black women and HIV, to set the stage for an interactive conversation about the problem with “risk” and a discussion of how to better serve Black women’s HIV prevention and care needs. 


Thursday, May 26, 2022  10:00am - 11:15am

Breakout Session Two 1.25 CE

Title:  Fifty is the New Fabulous: Developing and tailoring a provider training to support Older People Living with HIV

Topic: HIV Aging

Amanda Raker, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
Renee James, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
• Older People with HIV
• Aging with HIV
• Provider Training

Thursday, May 26, 2022  11:30am - 12:45pm

Breakout Session Three 1.25 CE

Title: Combatting the White Saviorism Trap in HIV social work: Ethical strategies for White workers

Topic: Ethics

Diana Rowan, UNC Charlotte 
Kevin Edwards,UNC Charlotte 
Evelyn Tomaszewski,George Mason University 
Kris Taylor , UNC Charlotte 
• White saviorism
• Cultural competence
• Revisions to NASW Code of Ethics

Thursday, May 26, 2022  2:00pm - 3:15pm

Breakout Session Four 1.25 CE

Title: 2022 HOPWA Program Update

Topic: Housing

Amy Palilonis, HUD Office of HIV/AIDS Housing 
• Housing, policy
• Government

Thursday, May 26, 2022  4:00pm - 5:15pm
Breakout Session Five 1.25 CE

Title: Using Trauma-Informed Care to Respond to those Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence and Living with HIV.

Topic: Trauma-Informed Care

Ashley Slye, National Network to End Domestic Violence 
• Trauma-Informed Care
• Intimate Partner Violence

Friday, May 27, 2022  8:00am - 9:45am
Opening Plenary: National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2022-2025

Harold Phillips, Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP

Description: The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS or Strategy) was developed by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) in collaboration with federal partners and with input from the HIV community across the country. Interested parties and organizations throughout the federal government and those engaged in work in many different communities have helped shape the strategy's goals, objectives, and strategies. ONAP extends the gratitude and appreciation of the White House to everyone who made thoughtful recommendations and recommitted to the Strategy’s vision and goals. ONAP also offers thanks to the team at the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its many contributions to developing the Strategy. 

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy is not a budget document and does not imply approval for any specific action under Executive Order 12866 or the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Strategy will inform the Federal budget and regulatory development processes within the context of the goals articulated in the President’s Budget. All activities included in the Strategy are subject to budgetary constraints and other approvals, including the weighing of priorities and available resources by the Administration in formulating its annual budget and by Congress in legislating appropriations. 

• National
• Strategy

Friday, May 27, 2022  10:00am - 11:15am
Breakout Session Six 1.25 CE

Title: The Social Worker as a Transgender Ally and Advocate

Topic: Direct Practice (Psychosocial, Case Management)

Evett Key, Comprehensive Health Ser. @ Lehigh Valley Health Network 
• Transgender
• Minority Stress
• Allyship
• Gender/Gender Diverse

Friday, May 27, 2022  11:30am - 12:45pm
Breakout Session Seven 1.25 CE

Title: Highlights and Updates from HRSA's RWHAP to Improve HIV Care and Treatment Outcomes for People with HIV

Topic: HIV Populations (i.e., aging, black, MSM, youth, women, bisexual, incarcerated, etc.)

Nicole Chavis, HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau 
Chau Nguyen ,HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau 
LaQuanta Smalley,HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau 
Chris Redwood , HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau 
• HIV care and treatment
• Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
• Housing
• Aging
• Stigma

Friday, May 27, 2022  2:00pm - 3:15pm
Breakout Session Eight 1.25 CE

Topic: Mental Health/Clinical Practice

The Rev. Dr. Tommie Watkins, Jr., The Watkins Group, LLC 

• Sexuality
• Spirituality
• Combating Shame and HIV
• Sexphobia
• Homophobia
• Bible and homosexuality
• Spirituality vs. Religion

Friday, May 27, 2022  4:00pm - 5:00pm
Breakout Session Nine 1.0 CE

Title: Housing By Any Means Necessary: Taking Advantage of Housing Resources 
Alton Thorton, Acaidan Cares 

Saturday, May 28, 2022  8:30am - 9:30am
Breakout Session Ten 1.0 CE

Title: Clinical Practice and Possibilities: HIV and Spirituality across the Life Course
Topic: HIV Aging

Lisa Cox, Stockton University 
Evelyn Tomaszewski, George Mason University 

• Aging
• Self-care
• Spiritual Assessment
• Spirituality

Saturday, May 28, 2022  10:00am - 12:00pm
Closing Plenary Brunch: 1.0 CE

Title: Aging, Thriving and Living with HIV and AIDS
Topic: HIV Aging

Description: Join the discussion on older adults living with HIV and hear the perspective of long-time practitioners. The panel will be comprised of people aging with HIV - one through vertical transmission, one person over age 50, and two long-time practitioners who've also "aged with HIV" through their profession.  

Yolanda Jones, Aids Dallas 
Carmen Julious, PALSS 
Darius Ahmad , Aids Dallas 
Hara Vappie Delahoussaye, Lived Experience 
• Aging
• Thriving
• Living
• HIV and AIDS