The conference committee invites discussion submissions that includes a topic that: (1) adds to the current knowledge base on HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment, and (2) offers clear, meaningful implications for direct care providers, community based organizations, and other research types. We encourage topics that also offer training opportunities for recruiting "hardly reached" populations, for treating marginalized populations, and that allow for culturally competent treatment and care for those affected, or infected with, HIV. When writing your discussion submission please describe the content of the workshop and how it will be addressed. Describe the pedagogical techniques while elaborating on viewpoints and perspectives which may be discussed during your session. Lastly, abstracts should be original research, or unique ideas, and be 750 words or less. References are not required, and if included will count toward the 750 word limit.
Discussion Submitted should be submitted in a structured format and include the following: 1. Background and Purpose: description of the problem, study objectives, research question(s) and/or hypothesis (es).2. Methods: study design, including a description of participants and sampling methods, data collection procedures, measures, and appropriate analytic/ statistical approach. 3. Results: specific results in summary form. 4. Conclusions and Implications: description of the main outcome(s) of the study and implications for practice, policy, or further research. -- Note: Image(s) and table(s) are not permitted in any discussion submission.
If your discussion submission is accepted for presentation the main presenter/speaker MUST register for the conference. This requirement is applicable to workshop and poster presenters. However, co-authors/co-presenters are not expected to comply with this policy, if they do not plan to attend the conference. Co-authors attending the conference, however, are required to register.
Blind peer reviews will be used to select submissions based upon technical merit and importance of findings. Please note that all abstracts are to be submitted online using The Red Door Foundation/Saving Ourselves Symposium online abstract management system, which will be accessible December 1st, 2018, and runs through February 28th, 2019 at 11:00PM/EST / 8:00PM/PST. Late discussion submission will not be accepted nor reviewed.
Abstracts must also fall into one of the following categories:
1. Social JusticeThis category invites presenters whose work address the environmental factors associated with increased HIV infection rates, especially among U.S. Black gay males and transgender individuals. While it could be argued that the high rates of HIV for U.S. Black gay males and transgender individuals point to overwhelming injustices in the political, healthcare, and economic arenas, the continued and longstanding survival and well-being of this community can be viewed as a social justice issue. Abstracts submitted under this category should highlight the steps taken to create a system ensuring equal access to the culturally relevant information, insurance access, prevention, care, treatment, and other resources for U.S. Black gay males and transgender individuals.
2. HIV and other Health DisparitiesThis category invites presenters who will provide information, strategies, and techniques that can be used to address HIV and other Health Disparities within their respective neighborhoods, and/or communities. Abstracts in this category should assist practicing service providers and service users in understanding the cultural, political, economical, and religious barriers that may help create effective and timely responses to the continued HIV and other Health Disparities epidemic plaguing U.S. Black gay males and transgender individuals.
3. Public Education, Research and Clinical StuidesThis category invites presenters who combine clinical, research, and public education methods from a critical framework to help create interdisciplinary dialogues on the issues affecting U.S. Black gay males and transgender individuals. This category should also consider how current U.S. initiated policies may be affecting treatment access, retention in care, viral load suppression, and continued engagement with healthcare providers.
4. Community Mobilization, and CultureThis category invites presenters who will help participants understand the multiple aspects of mobilization and cultural understandings. Abstracts submitted under this category should plan to engage in conversations that address media representations of U.S. Black gay males and transgender individuals as either passive or complicit victims or aggressive perpetrators of HIV related crimes, infections, and socio-public violations. Also, this category invites presentations that focus on the cultural practices of U.S. Black gay males and transgender individuals, especially those who engage in activities that positively impact their jurisdictional communities.