URC Hosts Mini-Satellite Event during AIDS 2012 Conference to Great Success

University Research Co., LLC (URC) and our non-profit affiliate Center for Human Services (CHS) hosted a successful mini-satellite event, "Better HIV Services, Every Time" during the  XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) held last week in Washington, DC. The event took place during the evening on Thursday, July 26, and provided a compelling platform for discussion among conference participants and URC's technical experts. 

An alternative to conferences' typical lectures and panels, the event's "exhibition-style" format created an environment conducive to interaction and conversation. The URC experts led small group discussions at 11 learning stations on different aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, support, and treatment. 

More than 40 participants selected four of the 11 topics offered and took part in 20-minute discussions at stations, each hosted by an expert. They reported appreciating the format, which gave them choice and mobility. In addition, the experts enjoyed the free-flowing discussions and connecting with the participants. 

The topics were:

  1. Using Play to Teach Difficult Concepts in HIV Education, by Dr. Luz Amparo Pinzon, Senior Content Associate
  2. How Can You Improve the Performance of Health Workers? by Dr. Tana Wuliji, Senior Quality Improvement Advisor for Healthcare Workforce Development, and Ms. Lauren Crigler, Senior Quality Improvement Advisor for Workforce Development, Initiatives Inc.
  3. Increasing Access to Care and Treatment through Better Integration of HIV Counseling and Testing Services, by Dr. Nondumiso Makhunga-Ramfolo, Project Director
  4. What Is the Most Efficient HIV Program? by Dr. Edward Broughton, Director of Research and Evaluation 
  5. Community-based HIV Intervention Program for Hard-to-Reach Populations: Lessons Learned from Research, by Dr. Nanmathi Manian, Senior Research Scientist
  6. Achieving Functional Integration of TB and HIV Services, by Ms. Alisha Smith-Arthur, Associate Director
  7. Assuring All HIV-positive Mothers and Their Exposed Infants Get All PMTCT Services, by Ms. Sara Riese, Technical Advisor, and Ms. Rhea Bright, Quality Improvement Specialist
  8. NACS: Better Outcomes through Synergy and Sustainability, by Ms. Ina Schonberg, Senior Food Security and Nutrition Advisor, and Ms. Tonja Cullen Balogun, Associate Director for Finance and Administration
  9. Achieving Patient-centered Chronic HIV Care with Limited Resources, by Dr. Suzanne Gaudreault, Senior Quality Improvement Advisor for HIV, TB, Malaria, and Other Infectious Diseases
  10. Child Protection Systems in Africa: A Family Approach, by Dr. Diana Chamrad, Senior Quality Improvement Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programs
  11. Mobilizing Community Health Systems to Support HIV Care, by Mr. Ram Shrestha, Senior Quality Improvement Advisor for Community Health and Nutrition

The topics mirrored many of the poster presentations URC and CHS presented during the conference. URC and CHS support projects in over 40 countries, with a focus on HIV/AIDS in over half of them. Read more about our HIV/AIDS work here. 

Dr. Luz Amparo Pinzon, Senior Content Associate (right), engages conference participants in a discussion on “Using Play to Teach Difficult Concepts in HIV Education.”
Dr. Luz Amparo Pinzon, Senior Content Associate (right), engages conference participants in a discussion on “Using Play to Teach Difficult Concepts in HIV Education.”
Date 
August 06, 2012
Authors 
Catherine Hancock, Communications Intern
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