Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The COP 24/7 Big Basket Wednesday

Capacity Building At USCA 2015

The United States Conference on AIDS offers a wide variety of workshops and seminars addressing a myriad of topics. This year, NMAC’s Capacity Building division will host three innovative skills building workshops on emerging leadership development, quality improvement, and patient navigation program evaluation. Come join us for these highly interactive, thought-provoking workshops to be offered September 10-13, 2015 in Washington D.C.

Workshop: Closing the Leadership Gap 

leader walking graphicLeadership capacity and development has always been a key concern for nonprofit leaders. This concern has been heightened recently by the increasing need for innovative strategies to lead and sustain nonprofit organizations, as well as the impending retirement of vast numbers of seasoned leaders. At a time when organizations need more leaders—and more experienced leaders—organizations are facing the single largest departure of leaders in modern history. This leadership gap has led an increasing number of organizations to place renewed emphasis on the development and acquisition of emerging leaders—particularly members of Generation X and millennials—who show promise as the leaders of tomorrow.
This workshop will provide strategies on identifying and developing emerging leaders to ensure a ready leadership talent pool. Emerging leaders will gain insight on how to position themselves to be at the top of the talent pool of future leaders.
Presenters: Kim Johnson, MD and Tamara Combs

Workshop: High Impact Prevention: Spicing Up Programs with QI Tools 
 words graphicWhat changes do we need to make to ensure our programs are aligned with High Impact Prevention (HIP)? How can we demonstrate that our programs are in alignment with HIP?  How do we address the barriers and challenges we face when trying to redirect services? Three years after the roll out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) HIP approach, many organizations are still asking these questions. Often times when new mandates are established, programs are expected to redirect services without having examples of preferred implementation methods and/or best practices.  However, there is a way to redirect and demonstrate that your programs are HIP compliant through quality improvement (QI). Quality Improvement is, “a continuous and ongoing effort to achieve measurable improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, performance, accountability, outcomes, and other indicators of quality services or processes which achieve equity and improve the health of the community" (Riley et al, 2010). Utilizing the appropriateQI tools can help you address implementation issues and identify gaps and solutions for redirecting services. In this session we will demonstrate various examples of how QI tools can be utilized to ensure your existing and new programs are HIP.
Presenters: Natasha Speed and Joan Llanes

Workshop: Evaluating Patient Navigation Services     

patient navigator relationshipsTwenty years ago, Dr. Harold P. Freeman created the term “patient navigation services (PNS)” to denote an intervention for people living with cancer.  Over time these persons have assisted in other diseases, specifically HIV and AIDS care. However, there are many questions about how to best use navigators and how effective are they?
The purpose of this workshop is to identify the basic tools and practices to help community groups measure the effectiveness of their HIV Patient Navigators in their communities.  Using a highly interactive approach we will explore ways to monitor and evaluate the different components of PNS.  We will focus on the development of a
logic model to guide PNS activities as well as process and outcome indicators. At the end of the workshop, participants will have the knowledge and resources to monitor and evaluate their respective PNS program.   Presenter: Robin Kelley, PhD
The Truth About Transgender Youth and Bathrooms
Noting that right-wing media have long promoted the myth that cisgender (nontrans) students will claim they're trans to gain access to the opposite gender's facilities, Media Matters called each of the schools to see if that scenario really plays itself out in real life. As it turns out: it doesn't.

In fact, as the Media Matters video explains below, many of the schools within Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington State are quite proud to say that their trans-inclusive policies have improved the safety of their environments.

The report, "17 School Districts Debunk Right-Wing Lies About Protections for Transgender Students," corroborates findings Media Matters published last year in "15 Experts Debunk Right-Wing Transgender Bathroom Myth," and echo similar arguments other transgender advocates have been making, particularly in reponse to this year's onslaught of antitrans bathroom bills.


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