Archive for March, 2016

Navigating a Patient’s Tobacco Cessation and HIV Treatment | SAMHSA (online course)

“Navigating a Patient’s Tobacco Cessation and HIV Treatment” is an educational video designed to teach mental health care providers about the importance of screening HIV-positive patients for tobacco use and assessing patients for tobacco cessation. The video features a patient who has undergone tobacco cessation and HIV treatment, as well as a psychiatrist specializing in tobacco…

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04/13/16: The NHAS & Social Work Practice

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When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 12:00PM-01:15PM Eastern Time

Using the 2020 update of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) as a framework, this session is intended to expand the knowledge and capacity of social workers and allied mental health providers to address the mental health and psychosocial issues confronting people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. The 2016 Social Work Month theme “forging solutions out of challenges” reflects the historical role of social workers and allied mental health providers in working toward the NHAS goal of “Getting to Zero” for new HIV infections. With approximately 55,000 new HIV infections in the United States annually, the updated NHAS framework is a call to action. This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the updated NHAS, the HIV continuum of care and social work practice implications, and provide concrete recommendations on meeting the needs of clients, communities and the workforce. Participants should come prepared to share practice strategies and dialogue.

Presenters: Susan M. Gallego, MSSW, LCSW and Evelyn P. Tomaszewski, MSW

At the end of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the implications of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy on social work policy and practice
  • Discuss the latest evidence on HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention for individuals, families, and communities
  • Describe the role of social work in addressing health inequities in HIV/AIDS care and behavioral health services
  • Identify assessment and intervention strategies across social work practice settings, for the HIV continuum of care

The webinar is free of charge. 

CE CREDITS: 1.5 Social Work CEs (Please check with your state Board of Examiners to confirm on-line education counts). If you would like to receive CEUs upon course completion and evaluation, you must log onto the NASW website. Complete the online post – test at http://www.naswproed.org/ Note: Participation in the Webinar is free. There is NO CHARGE for CEUs for NASW members. For NASW non-members, a $20.00 CEU charge is required.

04/06/15: INVITATION | Commission on HIV Listening Sessions: Women of Color

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

The Commission on HIV has planned four listening sessions throughout Los Angeles County to target specific communities to assess the needs, gaps and barriers associated with HIV care and prevention services in Los Angeles County.  This information will serve to assist in the development of our federally-mandated Comprehensive HIV Plan (CHP)*.

We have now confirmed logistics for the second session which will focus on:  Women of Color.

We are inviting consumer (HIV+ and high risk HIV-) women of color to participate.

As reflected in the attached event flyer, the session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6-7:30pm.

The session will be held at the Commission’s office.

Bus tokens, a $25 gift card, dinner and child watch** will be available to those who participate. The session is strictly confidential.

 Please note the RSVP deadline is April 4, 2016.  However, to ensure a safe and effective process, we will cap the…

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04/04/16: Comisión sobre el VIH del Condado de Los Ángeles Plan integral de VIH (CHP) Grupo de trabajo de participación comunitaria SESIONES DE INTERCAMBIO DE INFORMACIÓN | HIV Commission Listenings Sessions

Please invite undocumented clients of prevention & care services to attend.

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

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As you may know, the Commission on HIV has planned four listening sessions throughout Los Angeles County to target specific communities to assist the development of our federally-mandated Comprehensive HIV Plan (CHP)*.  The first of the four sessions will be focused on the undocumented community.

We are respectfully requesting your assistance in recruiting consumer (HIV+ and high risk HIV-) undocumented participants.  As reflected in the attached event flyer, the session is scheduled for Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6-7:30pm.  It will be held Plaza de la Raza’s music room in Lincoln Park.  Bus tokens, a $25 gift card, dinner and child watch** will be available to those who participate. The session will be conducted in Spanish and is strictly confidential.

Please note the RSVP deadline is March 31, 2016.  However, to ensure a safe and effective process, we will cap the number of participants at 15

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The Actors Fund | Clinical Social Worker, HIV/AIDS Initiative (P/T)

Clinical Social Worker, HIV/AIDS Initiative, Los Angeles, CA (Part time, 15 hours per week)

The Actors Fund seeks a Clinical Social Worker to provide services at The Palm View, a residence for 42 low-income entertainment professionals with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities in West Hollywood, CA.
RESPONSIBILITIES
This position is responsible for developing and facilitating individual services and group activities that will help encourage healthy aging and develop a sense of community among residents. You will work in conjunction with the Los Angeles Office HIV/AIDS Initiative team and provide comprehensive and clinically focused case management and support services to residents of the Palm View. In addition, you will plan and coordinate a variety of activities for the Palm View Residents as well as clients of The Actors Fund HIV/AIDS Initiative that builds upon and maximizes the creative skill set inherent in our population. This role is ideal for an organized, compassionate, creative and inventive Clinical Social Worker.

REQUIREMENTS
To interview for this position, you must have a Master of Social Work degree, LCSW preferred. We are ideally looking for someone with 2 years’ experience working with Disability and HIV/AIDS related issues and concerns, Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Dual Diagnosis, as well as experience working with seniors and aging in place.
Other helpful attributes:

  • Experience working with special needs adult population.
  • Demonstrates strong clinical and engagement skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff and other agencies.
  • Ability to be self-motivated.
  • Understanding of Fair Housing rules and regulations helpful.
  • Working with Property Management, interdisciplinary teams helpful.

ABOUT THIS POSITION
This is a part-time hourly position based in the Western Region offices in Los Angeles. Clinical Supervision by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker will be provided.

TO APPLY
Apply online at www.actorsfund.org/careers. A complete application will include a resume/cover letter/salary history and/or salary requirements.

ABOUT THE ACTORS FUND
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone— performers and those behind the scenes—who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 17,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has been—for 134 years—a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition.
For more about The Actors Fund, please visit: http://www.actorsfund.org. The Actors Fund is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

05/19/16: Trauma-Informed Services for Women

The 28th Annual Nat’l Conference on Social Work & HIV/AIDS wants to integrate social media into their events. Do you have ideas?

The 28th Annual Nat’l Conference on Social Work & HIV/AIDS wants to integrate social media into their events. Do you have ideas? Learn about the conference and share your tips with them: http://1.usa.gov/22C9Wz8

The 28th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS will be held in Minneapolis on May 26-29. Dr. Vince Lynch founded this Conference in 1988 and this year’s event will be the last one he organizes and chairs before retiring in early…
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03/29/16:”OUTcompetent” – Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health (webinar)

WEBINAR

“OUTcompetent” – Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

1:00 – 2:00 P.M. EST
This webinar will discuss the impact of stigma in STIs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health that LGBT individuals face when accessing healthcare. The webinar also will equip attendees to effectively engage LGBT individuals who seek care in the areas of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health. OUTcompetent is defined as being culturally competent and inclusive when treating LGBT individuals and recognizing the impact of stigma on the health outcomes of LGBT individuals.

Recent studies have shown:

  • More than half of LGBT individuals have faced discrimination from healthcare providers.
  • 1 in 5 LGBT individuals report withholding information about their sexual history from a health care professional.
  • 89% of transgender individuals fear providers are not adequately trained to treat them.
  • 30% of gay and bisexual men have never been tested for HIV.
  • Only 26% of gay and bisexual men know about PrEP.
  • LGBT individuals are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance abuse than the general public.

REGISTER HERE

Topics and faculty:

  • HIV – Venton Jones, Program Officer, LGBT Health & Wellness Initiatives,  National Black Justice Coalition
  • PrEP – Damon Jacobs, Licensed Family Therapist and HIV Prevention Specialist
  • STIs – Stephen Hicks, Health Equity and Capacity Building Manager, National Coalition of STD Directors
  • Mental Health – Adam Swanson, MPP, Senior Policy Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Intended Audiences: LGBT health professionals, clinical providers, behavioral health providers, service providers, and consumers.

LGBT Health Awareness Week: The webinar will be held during the 14th annual LGBT Health Awareness Week – March 28 to April 1, 2016. The National Coalition for LGBT Health created LGBT Health Awareness Week in 2003 to raise awareness of LGBT health disparities. This year’s theme is “OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healthcare from Invisible to OUTvisible.” To learn more about the Coalition’s activities during National LGBT Health Awareness Week, click here.For more information, please contact: Ryan Meyer – ryan@healthlgbt.org, 202.507.4735.

About the National Coalition for LGBT Health
Founded in 2000, the National Coalition for LGBT Health is dedicated to achieving LGBT health equity. The Coalition is comprised of leaders from national and state LGBT organizations, health centers, health departments, universities, health organizations, clinical and behavioral health providers, and LGBT individuals and allies who are committed to addressing LGBT health. For more information, or to join the Coalition, visit http://www.HealthLGBT.org, contact Ryan Meyer at ryan@HealthLGBT.org, 202.507.4725, or follow the Coalition on Twitter: @healthlgbt or Facebook.

References

Ranji U, Beamesderfer A, and Salganicoff A (April 2015). Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals in the U.S. Issue Brief, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Lambda Legal (2010). When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey of Discrimination Against LGBT People and People with HIV. Report, Lambda Legal.

National Women’s Law Center (May 2014). Health Care Refusals Harm Patients: the Threat to LGBT People and Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS. Fact Sheet, National Women’s Law Center.

Hamel L, Firth J, Hoff, T, Kates J, Levine S, and Dawson L (September 2014). HIV/AIDS in the Lives of Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States. Report, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Connect with Us
National Coalition for LGBT Health
2000 S St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-232-6749

www.HealthLGBT.org

03/09/16 reminder: meeting & PrEP training

The regular monthly HIV Mental Health Task Force (HIV MHTF) meeting is on Wednesday, 03/09/16 from 9:30am to 11:30am. The training “PrEP: Stigma, Fear, Relief & Joywill begin at 10:30. We encourage you to attend the entire meeting.

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER (EVEN IF YOU ATTEND MONTHLY) AS WE ARE LIMITED TO 50 SEATS.

The agenda is attached.

 The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

IN THE BLACK BOX THEATER

1125 N. McCadden Pl

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

 

Parking:                                               free parking in lots across the street

Public transportation:                   4, 156, 704, DASH Hwd

Cost:                                                     free

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of PrEP use
  2. Understand the roots of PrEP stigma
  3. Better assist clients in making decisions regarding use of PrEP

 

For more information:  Susan Forrest: sforrest@bhs-inc.org 

 

1.0 CEU &  1.0 HIV training hour Continuing Education Units provided by the HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force through the Foundation for Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP): CAADAC provider #2N-10-141-0416 California Alcoholism and Drug Counselors Education Program.

03/09/16 “PrEP: Stigma, Fear, Relief & Joy” training at the regular monthly HIV MHTF meeting – PLEASE RSVP!

 

Even if you are a regular attendee at the monthly HIV Mental Health Task Force meetings, we request that you RSVP for the March 9th meeting, as we are having a special in-service, and seating is limited.

03-09-16 agendaPrEP: Stigma, Fear, Relief & Joy [pdf]

Please note that we are meeting in the BLACK BOX THEATER instead of our regular meeting room.

Parking:                                               free parking in lots across the street

Public transportation:                   4, 156, 704, DASH Hwd

Cost:                                                     free

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of PrEP use
  2. Understand the roots of PrEP stigma
  3. Better assist clients in making decisions regarding use of PrEP

For more information:  Susan Forrest: sforrest@bhs-inc.org 

 

1.0 CEU &  1.0 HIV training hour Continuing Education Units provided by the HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force through the Foundation for Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP): CAADAC provider #2N-10-141-0416 California Alcoholism and Drug Counselors Education Program.

 

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