21st Annual IDPH HIV/STD Conference

Springfield, Illinois
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Grant Writing Workshop
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (No fee for this workshop)
The Illinois Department of Public Health provides financial support in the form of grants and contracts. This assistance supports the advancement of the HIV/AIDS Section mission of enhancing health, extending healthy life, and reducing the burdens of illness and disability. IDPH – HIV Section awards grants for HIV Prevention, Surveillance-Based Services and HIV Support Services.

The purpose of this workshop is to develop skills required to write competitive proposals requesting grants. Participants will be provided with proven strategies, practical skills and tools necessary to craft applications.
Applicants can find eligibility information on the IDPH web site, left hand column under “funding opportunities”.

21st Annual IDPH HIV/STD Conference                                                     Red Ribbon Award Information 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 to Thursday, October 25, 2012

The conference planning committee welcomes your participation in the 21st annual HIV/STD conference, “At the Crossroads". This year’s varied and comprehensive program will feature an exciting lineup of keynote, plenary speakers and concurrent sessions.

Purpose: To provide new ideas and practical information to assist you in the comprehensive approach that must be used to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

This conference will foster connections across disciplinary lines to share effective prevention approaches and research findings, to examine state-of-the-art medical management of HIV and STDs, to strategize the best ways to get services to those in need, and to learn about current and emerging policy issues.

Come share your experiences, learn from colleagues and network with others who face the same challenges in combating HIV/STDs.  Please register early to ensure your place among the more than 400 of your colleagues expected to attend and participate.

Conference Objectives

  • Build skills and enhance the ability to connect HIV positive persons to care and incorporate prevention efforts into HIV care and service delivery.
  • Explore current, innovative programs and services for special populations, faith communities and advocacy groups.
  • Expand participant knowledge and understanding of new HIV treatment modalities and their impact on effective treatment regimens.
  • Increase knowledge of prevention and behavioral science theories and their applicability to HIV/STD prevention programs.
  • Explore the intersections of sexual risk behavior and associated behavioral and social co-factors that increase susceptibility to HIV/STDs and their applicability to HIV/STD prevention programs.
  • Develop strategies for STD and HIV prevention programs to work together by exploring the effects of co-infection.
  • Provide information to understand HIV and STD transmission and acquisition in specific populations and discuss targeted prevention strategies to control the epidemic and prevent complications.
  • Provide current strategies in HIV and STD care for practitioners serving various populations impacted by HIV, STDs and other co-infections.

Intended Audience
The multidisciplinary nature of the conference program is designed to benefit the broadest range of service providers in fields related to HIV/AIDS and STDs, as well as those working in educational institutions.  The program content is especially relevant for health department personnel, health educators, nurses, allied health professionals, public health professionals, counselors, case managers, social service and other community-based agency staff, HIV/AIDS and STD educators, mental health and substance abuse counselors, social workers, teachers, and HIV/STD counseling and testing personnel. Individuals directly affected by HIV/AIDS and STDs are encouraged to attend.

Conference Advisory Committee
Andrea Danner B.S.
Illinois Departmnet of Public Health
HIV/AIDS Section 
John Creviston, R.N.
Illinois Department of Public Health
STD Section
Linda Kasebier, M.P.H.
Illinois Department of Public Health
HIV/AIDS Section  
Yolanda Pinkney, B.A.
Illinois Department of Public Health
HIV/AIDS Section
Angie Wanger
Illinois Public Health Association
Marcy Ashby, M.S. Southern Illinois University
School of Medicine
Sandra Douglas, B.S. Illinois Department of Public Health
HIV/AIDS Section
Michael Maginn
Central Illinois FRIENDS of People with AIDS Inc.
Becky Rinozzi, CMP
Illinois Department of Public Health
STD Section
Cheryl Ward, M.A.
Illinois Department of Public Health
HIV/AIDS Section
Danny Brikshavana, M.P.H.
Illinois Department of Public Health
STD Section
Dee Dunnett, M.S.
Winnebago County Health Department
Randall McClallen, R.N., B.S.N.
Peoria City/County Health Department
Paula Simmons
Illinois Department of Public Health
HIV/AIDS Section
India Willis-Jackson, M.P.H.
Illinois Department of Public Health
HIV/AIDS Section
Jamie Burns, Ed.M.
Illinois Department of Public Health
HIV/AIDS Section
Jeffery Erdman, B.S.
Illinois Public Health Association
Janet Nuss, R.N., M.P.H., CHES, CPHA, CERC, IPEM
Illinois Department of Public Health
HIV/AIDS Section
Glenn Steinhausen, Ph.D.
Illinois State Board of Education
Cindy Flayton, R.N., M.S.
Oakton Collge

Oakton Community College, Alliance for Lifelong Learning, Continuing Education for Health Professionals (Oakton/ALL/CEHP), the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health HIV/AIDS Section will be co-providing continuing education credits for conference participants.

Registered Nurses: This activity has been submitted to WNA CEAP for approval to award contact hours. Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Licensed Social Workers/Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors/Clinical Licensed Professional Counselors: Oakton/ALL/CEHP is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as a sponsor of continuing education for licensed social workers and licensed counselors/professional counselors.

Addiction Counselors: This activity has been submitted to Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) for continuing education credits.

Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES): Illinois Public Health Association is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. This program is a designated event for CHES to receive Category I CECH in health education.

Teachers: Illinois State Board of Education is providing CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units): A special “Evidence of Completion Certificate” will be issued at the conclusion of the conference.

Universal Training Hours for Other Professionals: One universal training hour from Oakton/ALL/CEHP is equal to one 60-minute clock hour.

Note: $10 certificate fee will be assessed for continuing education credits.The certificate of attendance will be free for all participants. 


Red Ribbon Awards Nomination

The 21st Annual Illinois HIV/STD Conference Planning Committee is asking for your help in recognizing those individuals and organizations who provide outstanding HIV/STD advocacy, prevention, education and care services to the citizens of Illinois. Please take a moment and nominate individuals or organizations for one of the five awards that best captures their ongoing efforts and dedication. The Red Ribbon Committee takes into consideration the quality and content of each nomination and not necessarily the number of nominations a person or organization receives. Therefore, copies of one nomination submitted numerous times by several individuals will not be considered. Please use this form to submit your nomination(s). All nominations must be received by September 14, 2012.

Download Nomination Form - Red Ribbon Nomination Form (PDF file)

Memorial Celebration
On the final day of the conference, we will be holding a special memorial celebration to honor and celebrate the lives and contributions of colleagues and comrades we’ve lost over the past few years, not only to AIDS, but to other causes as well.  If there is someone special you’d like to remember, please let us know so we may include them in the event.  Send information in a brief email (no more than 1 paragraph) about the person (people) you wish to honor to jamie.burns@illinois.gov and, if available, please include a digital photo of the person (people).  Please ensure that the information and photo(s) are received no later than October 12, 2012 so that we are able to include each and every person you wish to honor.  Note: The conference committee may edit your submission for space considerations. 

Exhibit Hall
For an exhibitor packet, please contact Illinois Department of Public Health, Paula Simmons at 217-782-1208 or email her at paula.simmons@illinois.gov. The Rendezvous room will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2012, for the exhibits. Exhibitors will have access to the Rendezvous room for setup from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., October 23, and 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., October 24, 2012.

Going Green
The 2012 HIV/STD Conference Planning Committee is dedicated to having a “greener meeting.” We have asked conference speakers to post their handouts online thus eliminating paper handouts. We also encourage all participants to recycle badges, papers, plastic bottles, or anything else that can be recycled. Thank you for your participation in making this conference environmentally friendly.




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