USCHA 2021 Plans a Live “Homecoming”
In a bold move, after morphing into a virtual event in 2020, organizers at NMAC are planning a live, in-person gathering for the U.S. Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) for October 28 to 31, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
This year’s conference theme is “Homecoming”. The USCHA website states, “Homecoming invokes feelings of remembrance, reconnection and celebration. Let’s come together to honor those we lost and strengthen the bonds created that allow us to continue with our goal of ending the epidemics.”
“Some of you may think we are overly optimistic to think USCHA can happen in person this October,” said NMAC’s Paul Kawata in a press release. “We know that circumstances may force us to change to a virtual meeting if things get worse anew, but right now we’re hopeful and need to start now to make the late October date. Like everyone, we will closely monitor the situation, and follow all hotel, CDC, and DC rules for large gatherings.”
NMAC’s plans for USCHA 2021 emphasize workshops that address the current state of the HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 epidemics and how NMAC and others all pivoted to new methods in serving HIV/AIDS communities. 2021 tracks include: Racism and Race, Best Practices in Telehealth, Biomedical HIV Prevention, Addressing Issues Around COVID, Ending the Epidemic—Next Steps, Prioritizing People Living with HIV, Public Policy, Trauma-Informed Care/Mental Health, and Track en Español.
New programming this year includes Constituents Day on Thursday, Oct 28. Instead of the usual opening, the first day of the conference will provide an opportunity for constituents to hold satellite meetings. NMAC will provide the space for free on a first-come first-served basis. The goal is to give colleagues free space to have Homecomings with their constituents. NMAC will disseminate information on these meetings via their listservs, website, and social media.
Kawata concluded, “Since USCHA 2021 is Halloween weekend, remember to bring your costumes. There will be a ball, and we want everyone to walk! After the year we’ve had, we deserve fun. We deserve to laugh and remember the joy of being with friends.”
The four-day conference will open on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the Marriott Marquis at 901 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. For more information and to register for USCHA 2021, visit https://uscha.life/.
—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.