United States Conference on AIDS, USCA 2014: The largest annual AIDS-related gathering in the U.S. begins on Oct 2.

The 18th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)  takes place on October 2-5, 2014 in San Diego, CA, and is hosted by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the nation’s leading advocacy organization representing communities of color who are impacted by HIV/AIDS. USCA is the largest AIDS-related gathering in the U.S., bringing together thousands of workers from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic—including case managers, physicians, public health workers, advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS, and policy-makers—to build national support networks, exchange the latest information, and learn about cutting-edge tools to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. View the USCA 2014 conference agenda  and manage your schedule on theUSCA 2014 conference app . AIDS.gov will once again work with NMAC to offer a variety of ways for you to learn, teach and get involved with USCA 2014, at the event or from afar.

Follow AIDS.gov on Social Media

Not at USCA? No problem—AIDS.gov has you covered! We will offer continuous updates on the conference through our multiple social media channels. Follow us on Twitter  for conference insights, lessons learned, new research and statistics, expert opinions, and voices from the community. We will also live-tweet during the plenary sessions. Subscribe to the AIDS.gov blog  for coverage from select federal plenaries and sessions on emerging research, policy and expert opinions. We will also be blogging about how members of the HIV community are using social media to amplify their outreach at the event and after. Follow us on Instagram  to view photos from the conference social media lab, sessions, and plenaries. Let AIDS.gov be your one-stop shop for all the social media news about USCA.

Social Media Lab

Looking to sharpen your new media skills? If you are attending the conference, the NMAC/AIDS.gov Social Media Lab is a space where you can get free, one-on-one training that is customized to your specific questions or needs. Ask questions about using new media in HIV programs, learn from others about tools they are using successfully, or come by just to charge your mobile devices! Book an appointment online  or come to the New Media Room.

Location: New Media Room, Room 402/Level 4
Dates: October 2, 3, and 4
Times: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Not at USCA 2014? We’ve got you covered! Check out the AIDS.gov New Media Resources at:http://www.aids.gov/using-new-media/

And we’ve got more! AIDS.gov will soon be launching “Virtual Office Hours” – free, 20 minute online social media training sessions with an AIDS.gov team member, customized to your specific question or social media need. Soon you will be able to receive social media assistance right from where you are. Stay tuned!

Usability Testing

Want to be a part of an exciting upcoming AIDS.gov project? We are working on a digital storytelling project that features five black MSM who are living with HIV—and we want your feedback to improve our product before we release it to the public. Book a 30-minute usability session  or come to the New Media Room. Your feedback can help improve our final product.

Location: New Media Room, Room 402/Level 4
Dates: October 2, 3, and 4
 Times: 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Select Federal Plenaries and Sessions

Federal Programs and the Changing Landscape of HIV/AIDS
Thursday, October 2, from 12:30–2:00 p.m. (PDT)
The talk-show-style event will feature senior Federal leaders, including:

  • Mr. Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy
  • Dr. Gina Brown, Coordinator of Women and Girls and Microbicides Research at NIH’s Office of AIDS Research
  • Dr. Laura Cheever, Associate Administrator for HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau
  • Dr. Eugene McCray, Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
  • Mr. William Rudy, Acting Director of HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) Member Seminar and Listening Session
Friday, October 3, from 8:30–11:30 a.m. (PDT)
The event will feature updates on PACHA subcommittee activities related to access to care, incidence, disparities, and the global epidemic. It will also include a listening session to give PACHA members the opportunity to hear from attendees.

Transforming Together: Incorporating Viral Hepatitis into HIV/AIDS Efforts
Sunday, October 5, from 12:00–2:00 p.m. (PDT)
This event will include a presentation by Ms. Corinna Dan, Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor for the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy.

NMAC 5-Question Survey

NMAC would like your perspective on its mission, strengths and weakness. Take the NMAC Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMACC 


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