Symposium on HIV/AIDS and Employment: Maximizing Existing Systems of Resources as a Social Determinants of Health Intervention
Note: Session will last until 4pm.
This Symposium will center on employment (status, rate and service needs) as a key Social Determinant of Health (SDH) of people living with HIV/AIDS, with an exploration of potential local (New Orleans, Baton Rouge), state (Louisiana) and national level models of synergistic cross-sector coordination of services to reduce health disparities and improve individual and public HIV/AIDS health outcomes.
A primary goal of the Symposium is to create robust networking across disciplines and service systems to improve the economic and personal wellbeing of people living with HIV/AIDS. Key stakeholders invited to participate include HIV/AIDS health and social support service providers, vocational rehabilitation and workforce development professionals, benefits specialists, researchers, policy makers, employers, advocates and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Discussion will focus on integration of employment in the HIV/AIDS continuum of care and prevention in the context of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Definition of stakeholder roles and the creation of local, state and national partnerships will be proposed, to increase access to job training, education and employment services and opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS.
The morning and afternoon sessions of the Symposium will illuminate the strategic roles that employment services play addressing critical needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly those with disproportionate experience of poverty, unemployment and underemployment, such as young MSM, people of color, homeless or unstably housed individuals, transgender women of color, people with disabilities, survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, people with criminal records, and members of immigrant, refugee and migrant groups. Effective practices, resources and research findings will be highlighted through interactive discussion among panelists and Symposium attendees.
Presented by the National Working Positive Coalition, the CHANGE Coalition & the National Minority AIDS Council