Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS

The 34th National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, founded in 1988, is an annual event that offers social workers, allied professionals, and people affected by HIV and AIDS, the connections, tools, learning opportunities, and strategies they need to understand and implement effective practices in their agencies and communities. Our goals for attendees of the 34th National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS are to gain knowledge, be renewed, and be inspired. 

This year’s theme is “On The Path Toward Healing, Justice, and Action.” Our goals for attendees of the 34th National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS are to gain knowledge, be challenged, and be renewed.
The NCSWH Program Committee invites proposals that highlight community-led responses, strategies for achieving equitable access to care, and advocacy work will be prioritized. We are still on the journey toward “Getting to Zero” and justice – in all its many forms. We are looking for proposals that describe work done with people involved with the criminal justice/legal system, including those currently incarcerated and returning citizens. We would like to see proposals that speak to equity – race and gender. Self-care continues to be a vital component of the conference so that participants feel nourished, rejuvenated, and equipped to counter the burnout that so often occurs in our profession.

We also seek proposals that highlight work with populations disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS and those with unique needs due to their diagnosis. For example, we know that by 2030, up to 70% of people living with HIV will be over the age of 50. People aging with HIV are vulnerable to ailments that come with living longer and are more likely to experience loneliness and stigma.  

We welcome you to submit a proposal that aligns with our conference theme and goals. We also welcome proposals ranging from topics of interest to those new to the field, as well as proposals that take a deeper dive for more seasoned professionals.  As a part of your proposal, please describe how your session will be engaging and interactive for attendees. Also, please note there is a limit of two proposal submissions per primary presenter.   

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