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5th Annual Rural HIV Research and Training Conference

September 9-10, 2016
Location: Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA

In Partnership with:
Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Infectious Disease and Immunization Program

Sponsored by:
The College of Education at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
The Division of Continuing Education at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

Overview:
The Rural HIV Research and Training Conference is a two-day forum for exchanging the latest information and learning the newest tools to address the challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in rural communities.

H.O.P.E.
Health care: Medical, social and psychological realities in HIV/AIDS research
Opportunities: Save lives with the latest in emerging research into HIV/AIDS care
Prevention: Tools for primary care, mental health and social services
Empowerment: Advocacy, prevention and intervention in rural communities

Objectives:
1. Discuss HIV-related research with a particular focus on medical, social, and psychological realities.
2. Identify emerging models for integrating primary and behavioral health into HIV/AIDS care.
3. Identify HIV-related challenges and empowerment opportunities as they pertain to rural populations.
4. Identify HIV-related best practices for advocacy, prevention, and intervention in rural communities.
5. Provide continuing education training for health and human service professionals using evidence-based behavior change tools for improving physical health and mental well-being.
6. Address HIV-related ethical issues associated with providing primary care, mental health, and social services.
7. Discuss current trends in epidemiology, treatment and long-term outcomes.

Goal:
Improve HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in rural communities by exchanging the latest information and newest tools.

Need for the Conference:
As we work to serve more people with fewer available resources, the Rural HIV Research and Training Conference brings together health professionals to share innovative strategies, discuss unique challenges, and to foster advocacy and community partnerships to address HIV/AIDS prevention, intervention and care working with children, youth, and families in rural communities.

Who Should Attend?
All health care providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, case managers, public health workers, psychologists, counselors, social workers, family therapists, educators, people living with HIV/AIDS, advocates, community leaders, and policy-makers.


Planning Committee:
Fayth M. Parks, Ph.D., Conference Chair
Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Licensed Psychologist
Department of Leadership, Technology, & Human Development
Georgia Southern University
fparks@georgiasouthern.edu
Gregory S. Felzien, M.D., AAHIVS
Conference Medical Education Director
Georgia Department of Public Health
Medical Advisor, Division of Health Protection/IDI-HIV
Gregory.Felzien@dph.ga.gov
Sally Jue, MSW
Conference Mental Health Training Director
Organizational and Diversity Consultant
Los Angeles, CA
sjue@ca.rr.com
Michelle L. Allen
State STD Director
Georgia Department of Public Health Office of Infectious Disease and Immunization
Michelle.Allen@dph.ga.gov
Leonardo S. Parker
Regional Consultant, STD Unit Georgia Department of Public Health
Division of Health Protection
Office of Infectious Disease and Immunization
leonardo.parker@dph.ga.gov
Melanie Gwynn
Doctoral Student
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
mg8@email.sc.edu
K. Bryant Smalley, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Executive Director, Rural Health Research Institute Associate Professor of Psychology Georgia Southern University
bsmalley@georgiasouthern.edu
Stacy W. Smallwood, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Community Health Behavior and Education
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
Georgia Southern University
ssmallwood@georgiasouthern.edu
Alesha Wright, DrPH, MPH
Programming and Administrative Assistant
Coastal Georgia Center
Division of Continuing Education
Georgia Southern University
awright@georgiasouthern.edu
Keynote Speaker:

 

JeanneWhite-GinderJeanne White-Ginder
December 1984 forever altered the lives of Jeanne White-Ginder and her family. Her son, Ryan, was diagnosed with AIDS, having contracted HIV during one of the many blood transfusions he received to treat his hemophilia. Until then, AIDS had been considered by the general public a “gay White disease,” and Ryan’s fight to lead a normal life and attend school ironically thrust him and Jeanne into the media spotlight. After Ryan passed away in 1990, Jeanne remained a tireless HIV/AIDS activist, testifying in support of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, established just months after Ryan’s death and named in his memory. Jeanne speaks regularly to audiences nationwide about her experiences on the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic in its early years, and the role that HIV/AIDS stigma plays in fueling the epidemic today.


Featured Speakers:

 

RuralHIVFelzienGregory S. Felzien, M.D., AAHIVS,
Conference Medical Education Director
Medical Advisor, Department of Infectious Disease and Immunization
Georgia Department of Public Health
Statesboro, GA

Dr. Gregory Felzien received his medical degree from the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. He went on to complete his internship and residency at Vanderbilt University and pursued further fellowship training in infectious diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina. He holds board certification in both internal medicine and infectious diseases and is certified as an American Academy of HIV specialist.

In 2008, Dr. Felzien transitioned his practice from Oklahoma, where he was the Division Director for Infectious Diseases working within Indian Health Services, and accepted the position as the Director of the Office of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine for the Southeast Health District within the Georgia Department of Public Health. Dr. Felzien’s duties included the practice of general infectious diseases with an emphasis on HIV, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis.

Dr. Felzien is actively involved in the rural community through coordinating HIV awareness and education and writing and speaking at the local, state, and national level. In addition, Dr. Felzien works closely with community partners, such as Georgia Southern University, as a member of the provider advisory board for the CDC’s HIV medical monitoring program and with the Georgia AIDS Training and Education Center.  Early 2014, Dr. Felzien accepted the position as the medical advisor within the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Division of Health Protection/IDI-HIV. This new position has offered the opportunity for Dr. Felzien to be more involved in state policy (for example, STD, HIV and other infectious disease protocols for the Department of Public Health), work more closely with legislators (for example, speaking on issues such as Hepatitis C) and be able to continue to practice infectious diseases and care for and focus on the needs of rural HIV, tuberculosis and Hepatitis B and C positive individuals throughout the state.

RuralHIVJueSally Jue, MSW
Senior Faculty, American Psychological Association Office on HIV/AIDS
Clinical and Cultural Competence Consultant
National HIV Mental Health Services Collaborative
Los Angeles, CA

During her nearly ten years with AIDS Project Los Angeles at the beginning of the HIV epidemic, Ms. Jue created and managed one of the first HIV mental health programs in the United States. She and her staff, which included people living with HIV, created innovative clinical treatment programs for clients with co-occurring disorders as well as volunteer peer support programs. In addition to overseeing staff and peer and professional volunteers and interns, Ms. Jue was also active in developing partnerships that brought together different organizations and communities to advocate for improved access to services for people affected by HIV. Ms. Jue is a founder and former chair of the Los Angeles County HIV Asian Pacific Caucus, a former consultant for the SAMHSA Mental Health HIV Services Collaborative, and former appointee to the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Cultural and Linguistic Competency Standards Work Group. She is currently a senior training and curriculum development consultant for the American Psychological Association’s Office on HIV/AIDS and a capacity building consultant for AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Patt_Gunn_IMG_20150813_134112Patt Gunn, Master Storyteller
The Geechee Institute
Savannnah, GA

Patt Gunn is a Master Storyteller. She is the founder of The Geechee Institute, a corporation whose mission is to celebrate Gullah Geechee communities on the Georgia coast. She has been a catalyst for positive change in the lives of individuals and organizations who cross her path for over thirty years. She believes in the African proverb, “the sky is big enough for all of us.” A native of Savannah, Georgia, she is seventh of ten siblings and the proud mother of two daughters, Imani Saran and Ayana Sala’, college students at Armstrong State University and Clark Atlanta University.
She performs slave narratives and African American “heroes” such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Mary McCloud Bethune and Susie King Taylor in schools, universities, museums, dinner theaters and churches throughout the Southeast. Ms Gunn served as a cultural costumes consultant to “The Patriot”, starring Mel Gibson, advising them on the costumes, hair styles and head wraps for the slaves portrayed within the {movie}. She was also featured as Harriet Tubman in a British Broadcasting Corporation {BBC} Black History Children’s Series in 2008, filmed in Edisto Island, SC.

deloach-headshot-240x300Brian M. DeLoach, MD

A Statesboro native, Dr. DeLoach is a board-certified Family Medicine physician with significant private group practice and hospital practice experience. Before joining Georgia Southern University Student Health Services in 2008, Dr. DeLoach practiced for five years at Bohler Family Practice in nearby Brooklet, GA. He retains privileges at East Georgia Regional Medical Center (EGRMC) hospital in Statesboro, where his past roles have included Chairman of the Family Practice Department and member of the EGRMC Board of Trustees. Dr. DeLoach has a special interest in infectious disease and disaster response, and he is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Bulloch County Red Cross Chapter, where he served as chair of the Disaster Services Committee. In addition to these responsibilities, he also volunteers his clinical services at the Hearts and Hands Clinic, and he is an active member of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. DeLoach received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia, in Athens, GA and his Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, GA, and he is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia Family Medicine Residency program, where he received the Bristol-Myers-Squibb Award for Outstanding Family Medicine Resident.


travis_sanchezTravis Sanchez, DVM, MPH

Dr. Sanchez served as the Associate Chief for Science in the HIV Epidemiology Branch at CDC. In 2011 he took an associate professor appointment with the Rollins School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology.His interests include disease surveillance and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Registration
Conference Fees

Register Online!

Your registration fee includes conference sessions and materials, buffet lunch, evening break, and credits. All registration fees must be paid in full at least (1) week prior to the first day of the conference.

Early Bird Registration (before 8/15/2016) $195.00
Regular Registration $220.00
Friday or Saturday Only Registration $140.00
Student Registration $85.00

Special Accommodations
For special assistance, please request accommodation needs at least 14 working days in advance of the program.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation requests should be received by 5 pm, 9/1/2016. A $25 processing fee will be charged to process all cancellations. Substitutions are encouraged. Absolutely no refunds will be made after the conference.

Non-Payment
Failure to pay any sums when due will result in the submission of the account balance to a collection agency and all fees and costs of collection, including attorney’s fees, will be paid by the customer.
​Returned Check Fees
Checks returned for any reason will be assessed a service fee of $30.00, or 5% of the face value of the check, whichever
is greater.

Download a printable registration form here.

Credits

2016 Credits have been applied for by the following:

  • CME – (Continuing Medical Education) Credits
  • GNA – Georgia Nurses Association
  • NASW-GA – National Association of Social Workers, Georgia Chapter
  • LPCA – Licensed Professional Counselors Association
Accommodations
BHistorichotelB Historic Savannah
Savannah Historic District
320 201 Montgomery Street
Savannah, GA 31401
912.921.5300Thursday Rate: $149
Friday/Saturday Rate: $219
Room Tax: 13% plus $1 per room tourism fee
Room Reservation Cut-off Date: 08/09/2016
Parking: $12 per day/per car/self-parking
Check-In Time: 4 p.m.
Check-Out Time: 11 a.m.Book Online Here!
Embassy Suites by Hilton
605 West Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, GA 31401
912.721.6900Thursday Rate: $189
Friday Rate: $209
Includes one full complimentary breakfast buffet.
Room Tax: 13% plus $1 per room tourism fee
Room Reservation Cut Off Date: 08/09/2016
Valet parking is reduced from $20 to $15 per car, per night.
Check-In Time: 4 p.m.
Check-Out Time: 12 p.m.Book Online Here!
Hampton Inn
603 West Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, GA 31401
912.721.1600
Friday Rate: $149
Saturday Rate: $189
Room Tax: 13% plus $1 per room tourism fee
Room Reservation Cut-off Date: 08/09/2016
Group Code: HRT
Check-In Time: 4 p.m.
Check-Out Time: 11 a.m.Book Online Here!
Residence Inn Historic Savannahresidenceinn
500 West Charlton Street
Savannah, GA 31401
912.233.9996Room Rate: $179 per night
Room Tax: 13% plus $1 per room tourism fee
Room Reservation Cut-off Date: 8/8/2016
Guest Parking: $12 per day
Check-In Time: 4 p.m.
Check-Out Time: 12 p.m.Book Online Here!
Courtyard Marriott
415 West Liberty Street
Savannah, GA 31401
912.790.8287
Room Rate: $169 per night
Room Tax: 13% plus $1 per room tourism fee
Room Reservation Cut-off Date: 8/8/2016
Check-In Time: 4 p.m.
Check-Out Time: 12 p.m.Book Online Here!
Exhibitors

Payment Policies

Exhibit Space is not officially reserved until payment is received. Cancellation of your exhibit reservation will result in a $50 service charge being withheld from your refund. There are NO refunds after 8/26/2016.

Exhibitor Fees: (Download an Exhibitor Form)

$250 for Regular Exhibitor Package: includes two 6 foot tables, chairs and breaks and conference materials
$1000 for Sponsor (Bronze) Package: includes two 6 foot tables, chairs, and break and listing as a contributor on the conference website, signage at the conference, one additional table at no charge and you may send an additional representative at no charge.
$1500 for Sponsor (Silver) Package: includes two 6 foot tables, chairs, and break and listing as a sponsor in all promotional materials and on website, signage at the conference, quarter page full color ad in the conference program, you may send an additional representative at no charge. * Quarter Page Full Color Ad, Ad size: 4.25″ w x 5.50″ h, PDF format, Deadline: 9/1/2016

$3000 for Sponsor (Gold) Package: Support the conference as our Lunch Sponsor. Includes two 6 foot tables, chairs, and break and listing as a sponsor in all promotional materials and on website, signage at the conference, half page full color ad in the conference program, you may send an additional representative at no charge.

* Half Page Full Color Ad, Ad size: 8″ w x 5.50″ h, PDF format, Deadline: 9/1/2016

$5000 for SPONSOR (Platinum) Package: Support the conference as our sponsor for the Scholarship Fund for students to attend the conference. Includes two 6 foot tables, chairs, and break and listing as a sponsor in all promotional materials and on website, signage at the conference, full page full color ad in the conference program, you may send an additional representative at no charge.

* Full Page Full Color Ad, Ad size: 8″ w x 11″ h, PDF format, Deadline: 9/1/2016

Photo Gallery

 

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Call for Proposals

Click Here to Submit a Proposal!

The Rural HIV Research and Training Conference welcomes submission of program proposals about HIV-related challenges and opportunities in rural communities with the following topics:

1. Research projects about the medical, social, and psychological realities of HIV/AIDS

2. Evidence-based prevention and intervention programs and practices for physical, social and emotional well-being

3. Family and community support and involvement through partnerships, faith-based initiatives, and social service programs

4. Advocacy projects that address HIV-related inequalities, stigma, and discrimination

CONFERENCE TRACKS WITH POSSIBLE TOPICS:
Clinical Research
  • Antiretroviral therapies
  • Access, retention, and care in rural communities
  • Infection and Co-morbidities and their treatment
    (e.g., Hepatitis, metabolic syndrome, bone mineral density, etc.)
  • HIV surveillance and monitoring
  • Implementing chronic disease programs
  • Issues related to HIV and women
  • Issues related to HIV and children and adolescents
Prevention and Intervention
  • Epidemiology of HIV
  • Non-ART strategies and therapies working with rural populations (e.g., nutrition)
  • HIV and mental health intervention
  • Innovative strategies and tools for prevention and intervention in rural communities
  • Prevention and intervention working with children, youth, and families
  • Programs for diverse youth populations
  • Medical access and compliance issues among rural populations
  • Ethical issues in HIV-related intervention and care
Family and Community
  • Developing and enhancing family centered approaches
  • Social determinants
  • Faith-based partnerships and service projects
  • Safety and violence prevention and intervention
Advocacy
  • Advocacy programs addressing HIV-related disparities, stigma, and discrimination
  • Cultural influences on health, healing, and wellness belief systems
  • Programming for people living with disabilities and HIV/AIDS
  • Education initiatives (e.g., literacy)
  • Strategies for working with community leaders and policy makers
COMPONENTS OF PROPOSAL
Components of Proposal
  • Advocacy programs addressing HIV-related disparities, stigma, and discrimination
  • *IDENTIFY A CORRESPONDING AUTHOR*
  • Title – Provide a brief title. No more than 10 words that explain presentation content and attracts an interdisciplinary audience.
  • ABSTRACT – Write an informative description of your presentation in 30-60 words; include topic and objective(s). If accepted, this description will be used in the conference program.
  • Proposal Summary – Summarize proposal in 250-350 words. Preference is given to proposals that include objectives and learning outcomes that present new information and evidence-based tools to address the challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Proposals should describe research findings, methods, practical models, innovative strategies and practices.
  • Relevance and Significance – Clear explanation of how the proposal relates to one or two (no more than two) of the conference tracks and the relevance of the topic for this conference, which is focused on HIV/AIDS in rural populations.
Session Formats

Presentation Session: 60 minutes
We encourage presentation submissions that are focused and interactive. Preference will be given to presentation proposals that are informative and/or describe practical models and include clear objectives and learning outcomes and target audience.

Workshop: 60 minutes or 75 minutes
Workshops will be exemplary evidence-based practices, models of programs, life skills, decision-making, diversity and cultural competence awareness, mental health tools, case management, practices for community outreach and social services. There needs to be clear objectives and learning outcomes for participants.

Panel Session (3-5 participants): 45 or 75 minutes

Panel sessions should be interactive among the panelists, and between the panelists and the audience. The panelists can develop different perspectives or discuss various aspects of the topic. There will be a moderator selected who will contact the presenters prior to the conference to discuss introductions and the content of the presentations. At each session, a moderator will begin and end the session, introduce the presenter(s), and facilitate topic discussion.

Poster Session: 90 minutes
Posters will be set up and displayed during the conference. At the designated poster session time, the presenters need to be with their posters to discuss them with conference attendees.

Proposals Evaluation

Proposals will be peer-reviewed. Reviewers will recommend acceptance or rejection of the proposal. Registration fee will be waived for the best proposal submission. Reviewers will also provide comments and these comments will be given to the proposal submitter(s).

Reviewers will evaluate proposals in the following areas:

Clarity – clear well-written connection between the topic, learning outcomes, and target audience.

Significance and Relevance – clear explanation of how the proposal relates to conference tracks and can be used to address the challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in rural communities.

Originality – proposal offers new ideas, perspectives and/or fresh approaches.

Evidence – proposal has evidence that supports new perspective and the effectiveness of proposed solution or program model based on known research or best practices.

Proposal Acceptance
Presenters of accepted proposals must give confirmation that they will present at the conference by 7/1/2016.
Call for proposals will close on 5/27/16.
Presenters must register and are responsible for their own conference registration, travel, and lodging. One-day registration is not available to conference presenters. There is a reduced rate registration fee for presenters.
Contact

Questions or need registration assistance? Call 912-478-5551

If you live outside our immediate area, use 1-877-478-5551

For Rural Based HIV Education and Training Information Contact: Alesha Wright at awright@georgiasouthern.edu or call 912.478.8884.

Last updated: 7/14/2016

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