Achieving Together Conversation Series

The Achieving Together Conversation Series is designed to engage stakeholders and community members across Texas in exploring the Achieving Together Plan and efforts to end HIV. The purpose is to share ideas, knowledge, and inspiration to support our joint endeavors to end the HIV epidemic. Through shared conversations, we hope to foster innovation and commitment to Achieving Together’s vision and full implementation of the plan.

SEPTEMBER 2020 CHALLENGES FACED BY TRANSGENDER PEOPLE OF COLOR WHEN ACCESSING HIV PREVENTION & CARE SERVICES

PRESENTED BY JAYLA SYLVESTER

In this webinar, Jayla Sylvester discussed challenges faced by transgender people of color when accessing HIV prevention and care services.

You can download the presentation here.

AUGUST 2020 ART, HEALING JUSTICE & HIV

PRESENTED BY TARIK DANIELS

This presentation explored how “Healing Justice” is understood as a broader framework that aims to describe the relationship between social justice work and spirit by focusing both on the consequences of systemic oppression on the hope and agency of persons living with HIV as well as how communities can heal and be restored to vibrant ways of living.

AUGUST 2020 HIV IS A SOCIAL AND RACIAL JUSTICE ISSUE

PRESENTED BY IAN HADDOCK

This webinar considered the implications of reducing HIV to a health disparity and public health issue through the lens of a grassroots activist. In this webinar, we discussed projects and programs of The Normal Anomaly Initiative to tell the story of those at the margins, particularly Black queer men and transwomen. Through this webinar, we hoped to create synergy to move all involved in ending the HIV epidemic to see its intersection in the national racial justice movement and international social justice movement.

You can download the slides here.

AUGUST 2020 WHERE’S THERE’S SMOKE THERE’S FIRE: THE IMPACT OF METH ON HIV & LATINX GAY AND BI MEN & MSM

This webinar discusses why meth overdoses have spiked nationwide in recent months due to continued isolation, economic devastation and disruptions to the drug trade.

You can download the slides used in the presentation here and here.

JUNE 2020 LONG TERM SURIVORS DAY

On June 5, 2020, in celebration of Long-Term HIV Survivors Day, Texas HIV Syndicate member Barry Waller led a panel discussion with three long-term survivors here in Texas. Participants came from across the state and had a combined experience of 88 years of living with HIV: Gary Cooper, Austin; Glenda Small, San Antonio; and Steven Vargas, Houston.

DECEMBER 2019 ENDING THE EPIDEMIC IN TEXAS BY 2030

This presentation reviewed Texas data and considered where we are and where we need to be in order to achieve our goal.

Download the presentation slides and “One Thing” handout.

NOVEMBER 2019 ACHIEVING TOGETHER ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The November call recognized Achieving Together’s one year anniversary and reviewed the past year.

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OCTOBER 2019 SCIENCE OVER STIGMA

The October 2019 conversation with Murray Penner of North America Prevention Access Campaign focused on the messages and campaigns around treatment as prevention (TasP) and how those messages should be tailored to address different perspectives for different communities.  Download the presentation slides.

SEPTEMBER 2019 ENDING THE HIV EPIDEMIC: AN OVERVIEW AND UPDATE ON THE NATIONAL PLAN

The first installment of the series was held in September of 2019 and featured Kaiser Family Foundation’s Dr. Jen Kates, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy and Lyndsey Dawson, Associate Director of HIV Policy. During this interactive session, they discussed the National Ending the Epidemic’s broader implications and projected how it may impact Texas.  Download the presentation slides.