Thursday, March 26, 2015

Running With Thursday

USCA: Master Series for Leadership September 10 – 13, 2015 Washington, DC

The 2015 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will be in Washington, DC September 10-13 A new and innovative program for this year’s conference is its version of the TED Talks for the HIV Movement series.

This program seeks to replicate, but has no affiliation with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks which were started with the vision of “Ideas Worth Spreading”. The unique lecture series is for high functioning organizations that understand the urgency behind the work. It’s not basic capacity building; instead, the TED Talks for the HIV movement will be a forum to build leadership. The talks will look the big questions.

• Where are we going?
• What is our future?
• What issues should the community address as we look at HIV after the Affordable Care Act, but before we end the epidemic?

USCA is the largest AIDS-related gathering in the U.S., bringing together over thousands of workers from all fronts of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic—from case managers and physicians, to public health workers and advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/As) to policy-makers—to build national support networks, exchange the latest information and learn cutting-edge tools to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. Arkansas had a large contingent to attend last year's conference in San Diego including HIV Community Co-Chair's Courtney Hampton and C. Mabin plus delegates from Jefferson Comprehensive Care Systems in Pine Bluff.

Early Bird Registrations must be postmarked on or before June 5, 2015. To apply for the limited number of USCA scholarships available, carefully read and complete the application form, and submit all required materials on or before June 19, 2015, by 5:00 p.m. (EST).

For more information about USCA, and/or to submit abstracts, registrations and scholarship applications online, visit http:// Questions may be referred directly to the Conferences and Meeting Services Division at or (202) 483-NMAC (6622).

Pride in the City 2015

The Central Arkansas Pride Advisory Boar will meet Saturday, 4/4/15 in the East Room of the Central Arkansas Library to continue planning for the 2015 LR Pride Fest.

 According to organizers on the agenda to be discussed will be suggestions for Grand Marshal, performers, and a theme for this year's event. The Executive Board will provide updates on sponsorships, the pride scholarship, and upcoming fundraisers.

If you missed the first meeting, but are interested in serving on the Advisory Board, or have some suggestions to help make this year's pride even better, please attend! All advisory meetings are open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Check out their website at:

Advocates Call to Action

As an update in this moving target of a story, all manner of advocacy and advocating is underway in response to the HB 1228 at the state capitol. The Internet is teeming with chatter, call outs, rants, raves and WTF from all around. You name it and its been called for, from calling the Gov.'s office to making plans to take it the streets. Stay tuned not only here but certainly our Facebook platform at

Coming next week...Local LGBTQ Health Summit scheduled, The Crazy Continues at the State Capitol, Public Health Fails Black Gay Men and so much more! 
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