2019 Reunion Latina Training Institute

Reunion Latina 2018. Photo courtesy Latino Commission on AIDS

The Latin Commission on AIDS will present their annual two-day Reunion Latina Training Institute on March 14 and 15, 2019, at the Hilton Hotel in Albany, New York.

Since 1996, the Latino Commission on AIDS has hosted Reunion Latina to provide an opportunity for service providers and those who utilize those services to explore ways to improve services, to share strategies to overcome health challenges, to coordinate efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and to work toward eliminating health disparities in Latino communities.

The two-day training institute will feature a combination of panel presentations, workshops and institutes that will explore the use of prevention tools against HIV, e.g., PrEP and PEP, the management of HIV as a chronic disease, and linking clients to treatment. Topics will include the impact of HIV, hep C, and STIs in Hispanic/Latino communities; stigma, homophobia and transphobia in Hispanic/Latino communities; the importance of addressing the issues faced by Hispanic/Latino long-term survivors over the age of fifty; specific transgender health issues; and incorporating Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) into training and support. The institute will cover other health conditions affecting Latino communities such as viral hepatitis, STIs, and opioids, among many other topics.

The Latin Commission on AIDS proffers that this training is suitable for “health care providers, nurses, outreach workers, case managers, people living with HIV, community leaders, elected officials, health department representatives” and anyone else interested in advancing the health conditions in Latino communities.

Limited scholarships to Reunion Latina are available for people living with HIV who are residents of New York State and are actively involved in the HIV/AIDS field.

The deadline for application for a scholarship is January 31, 2019 at 11:00 p.m. Candidates for scholarships are chosen by the Statewide Workgroup of the Planning Committee for Reunion Latina. If you have any questions regarding scholarships and the application process, please contact Daniel Leyva at 212-675-3288 or [email protected].

For the complete program and to learn more about the training institute, visit: www.latinoaids.org/reunion. The registration fee is $110 and includes all written conference materials, two continental breakfasts, two box lunches and one dinner/celebration.
For reservations at the Hotel Hilton Albany, the host hotel, call the reservation line at 1-866-691-1183. Book your room before February 20 and mention “2LAT19” for the institute discount. The Hotel Hilton Albany is at 40 Lodge Street, Albany, New York 12207; Phone: 518-462-6611 | Fax: 518-462-8192; Web: www.hiltonalbany.com.

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-nine-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.