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Institute on HIV/AIDS and Employment

2012 International AIDS Conference, Affiliated Independent Event
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Working Positive Coalition

U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, Great Hall
200 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20210
Saturday, July 28, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Draft Agenda

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Pre-Institute Networking and Check-In
*program begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. – Welcome/Introduction
Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

10:10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. National HIV/AIDS Strategy
Dr. Grant Colfax, Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP)

10:20 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Common Global Goal - Recommendation Concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work
Alice Ouedraogo, Director, International Labor Organization (ILO) Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Research 

  1. Findings from research projects on people living with HIV/AIDS and employment/vocational rehabilitation:
    Liza Conyers, Pennsylvania State University; David Martin, UCLA/Harbor Lights Medical Center; Sergio Rueda, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, University of Toronto; Lisa Razzano, University of Illinois/Chicago; Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Northwestern University; Ken Hergenrather, George Washington University; Gavin Reid, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)

  2. Discussion of research findings, and current/planned/proposed projects (full group)

12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Break and Networking

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Direct Service Provision (LUNCH Provided)

  1. Models of direct service provision - panel discussion of HIV employment initiatives:
    Melissa Popiel, Canadian Working Group on HIV & Rehabilitation (Toronto, ON); Brett Andrews, Positive Resource Center (San Francisco, CA); Nadia Bello, AIDS Committee of Toronto/Employment Action (Toronto, ON); April Watkins, GMHC (New York, NY); Stan Sloan, Chicago House (Chicago, IL); Richard Howard, ILO Program on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work

  2. Discussion of models of direct service provisions (full group)

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Break and Networking

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – U.S. Government Initiatives

  1. U.S. Federal Initiatives:
    Dylan Orr, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy; Allison Nichol, U.S. Department of Justice; Lauren Deigh, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

  2. Discussion of government initiatives (full group)

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – HIV/AIDS and the Workplace

  1. HIV/AIDS and the workplace:
    Lou Orslene, Job Accommodation Network (job accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act); (hold) Robert Bailey, CDC's Business Responds to AIDS/Labor Responds to AIDS (promoting comprehensive workplace programs); Cecilia Chung, Health Commissioner, San Francisco Department of Public Health (diverse communities within the HIV/AIDS community and employment); Paurvi Bhatt, Levi Strauss & Co., Employee HIV/AIDS Program (a U.S. business response model)

  2. Discussion of initiatives addressing HIV/AIDS employment issues in the workplace (full group)

  3. Closing comments

Target audiences:
Direct service providers (HIV/AIDS, workforce development, vocational rehabilitation); researchers; employers; policymakers/advocates; government officials; people living with HIV/AIDS