The United States Conference on AIDS would not happen without you. Thank you for 20 years of support. The agency did not want to have a celebration in the middle of an epidemic, but please know NMAC is very grateful. You’ve stuck with us through the good and the bad. We’ve made mistakes, but we’ve always had the best of intentions. NMAC takes this stewardship very seriously. As representatives of the diverse communities of color impacted by HIV, we understand that our success is a reflection of many different partnerships.
Online Program Book The Program Book is done!!! It’s 140 pages. The hyperlink will take you to a flipper version, from there you can download a PDF file.
See the icon key for the tracks and pathways. This year USCA has 22 tracks and/or pathways. Most of the tracks/pathways are new. We are excited to add sex work, nurses, cis & trans women, gay men, CDC, HRSA, Native Americas and the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Fund.
Most people will figure out what they are doing on the plane to Florida. You should have received an email confirming your registration. It included a barcode that will make registration much easier. If you have any questions, please contact Cydney Brown (202.302.9270). Registration opens on Wed. Sep. 14th at 4:00 PM in the lower lobby of the conference center. Cydney is new to NMAC, so please be kind. We want her to be here for the 2017 USCA.
For those who missed the new attendee orientation that happened on Facebook, although you can’t ask new questions, you can listen to the answers of the questions that were asked.
No Tea, No Shade
The world feels like a very harsh place right now. This election has divided our country in ways that are unimaginable. USCA is a judgment free zone. In a world where sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and HIV-phobia makes so many of us feel like second class citizens, USCA is one place where you can be yourself. To all attendees, the conference expects you to treat everyone with respect and dignity.
NMAC was founded during a protest that happened in 1986 at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting. Craig Harris famously took over the closing plenary where he told the audience, “we will be heard”. NMAC was born out of the frustration that people of color were being ignored and at that time HIV was only seen as a white gay men’s disease.
Protests are part of our movement’s DNA. NMAC will always support people’s right to speak truth to power; however, we are also concerned about safety and when free speech turns into hate speech. As a result, there are rules. Please be sure to read them in the program book. We need to be informed in advance. Four groups have already talked with us and we are working with them to make sure their voices are heard. Protests are slated to happen on behalf of the transgender community, Black Lives Matters, support for the Global Fund, and concerns about drug pricing.
President Obama @ USCA
I’ll bet that got your attention. While the President will not personally be at USCA, his White House AIDS Czar, Dr. Amy Lansky, will bring a video from the President. NMAC is grateful to President Obama for his leadership and commitment to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. His administration will hopefully mark the beginning of the end of the epidemic.
It’s going to be hot and rainy. High 80’s with scattered thunderstorms. USCA wants you to be comfortable. Feel free to wear shorts, t-shirts and flip-flop.
Since it will be hot and muggy, the hotel will have the air conditioning blasting. This happens to counteract the humidity. Also with the threat of Zika, it is important to keep the doors and windows closed. We will not be able to turn down the cool air. If you get cold easily, then having a sweater or hoodie is a good idea. Opening Reception: Gallery of Amazing Things
Thursday, September 15, 2016 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
481 South Federal Hwy.
Thank you 2016 Host Committee for putting together this year’s Opening Reception. Buses will leave the Diplomat starting at 6:30 PM. Buses return at 9:00 PM.
This year USCA will have one of the largest contingency of transgender delegates. As we’ve done in previous years, USCA will have
Transgender Pathway of Workshops, Roundtables, and Seminars
Transgender Exhibit Booth
Gender Neutral Bathrooms
Bamby Salcedo will speak at the Opening & Arianna Lint at the closing
USCA wants to thank Arianna Lint and the Translatina Coalition Florida for their stellar work pulling together all of these options. Since we only have half a lobby, we are particularly thankful for the transgender entertainment that will happen in our special evening lounges.
Thanks to ViiV, Magic Johnson Foundation and Advocates for Youth, there was another special round of support for youth scholars. The Youth Collaboration is core to NMAC and our work to grow the movement. 2016 USCA will have the largest delegation of young people attending the meeting.
Please be sure to attend sessions targeting youth. The conference also has 4 reserved tables at the front of the ballroom. Our expectation is that the youth will be loud and voice trou's (yes that is a word). Stop by their tables and meet the future of our movement.
USCA had a special scholarship round to support our efforts on HIV & Aging. Thankfully people living with HIV can live long and full lives. But let’s not kid ourselves, getting older is more difficult if you are also living with HIV. Thank you Gilead for supporting this initiative.
Scholarship Recipients If you are one of the many scholarship recipients and your award included a travel reimbursement, please be sure to pick up your cash card in the lower lobby of the conference center. These cards are coordinated by Ron Dorsey (phone 571.723.3329). You will need a photo ID.
As in previous years, please bring your laptops, smartphones, and/or tablets. Very few items will be printed, most information will be online. As a result, the conference center will have free WiFi. Also if you are a member of Hilton Honors, you can get free WiFi in your sleeping room at the Diplomat. It's free to join.
At this time there are no known local transmissions of the Zika virus in Hollywood, FL. The closest locations so far are Miami Beach and Wynwood. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, the CDC recommends using DEET that can be found in brands like Off! and Cutter, Picaridin which is found in Cutter Advance and Guard Plus, Oil of lemon eucalyptus found in Repel, or IR3535 which is in SkinSmart. In addition to insect repellent, they recommend wearing long sleeves and long pants and staying indoors with the air conditioning on. Zika can also be passed through sex. Condoms can reduce the chance of getting Zika. In other words, go to workshops indoors and wear a condom.
CBO Leadership Thursday, September 15 from 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm People Living with HIV Friday, September 16th from 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm African American MSM Saturday, September 17th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
(All groups will be held in) Diplomat Hotel, Room 315
Take A Break
Our work is tough. Part of the reason folks come to USCA is to be renewed. This year the meeting is on the ocean, I highly recommend going for a walk and dipping your toes in the water. Right now the water temperature is 84 degrees. There is a full moon on Sep 16th.
Thank You Evelyn Evelyn Ullah, BSN, MSW has been on too many USCA host committees to count. As a long term NMAC board member and currently the Director, STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Broward County Health Department, NMAC has a special “shout-out” to Evelyn for her leadership and support.
The web page is up and running for the 2017 meeting. Mark your calendars now for Sep. 7-10, 2017 in Washington, DC.