Abstract deadline extended: Friday, January 12, 2024
The 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 36th National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS (NCSWH) are to gain knowledge, be challenged, and be renewed.
The 2024 conference will be held May 22-25, 2024, at Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace Disney. Our reason for choosing Florida is simple: To end HIV & AIDS, we must show up with courage and be prepared to support the marginalized communities facing this injustice. Social Workers have an ethical obligation to advocate for those affected by the current social climate in Florida.
The 2024 theme is " Our Fight for Justice and Equity to End HIV and AIDS." Social workers know that HIV and AIDS are not merely health issues but are often a result of poverty, racism, homophobia, and stigma. We will not see an end to the HIV and AIDS epidemic without addressing the systems and policies that perpetuate social injustice and continue to contribute to health inequities.
The NCSWH Program committee invites proposals that support our theme emphasizing Social Work’s role in ending the epidemic. Proposals highlighting community-led responses, strategies for achieving equitable access to care, anti-oppression/anti-racism work, and content created or co-created by people living with HIV will be prioritized. We also seek proposals highlighting work with populations disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS and those with unique needs due to their diagnosis. For example, by 2030, up to 70% of people living with HIV will be over 50. People aging with HIV are vulnerable to the ailments that come with living longer and are more likely to experience loneliness and stigma.
Additionally, activists of the civil rights and women’s movements have paved the way for our understanding of the importance of radical self-care in doing this type of work. Self-care will be an essential component of the conference so that participants feel nourished, rejuvenated, and equipped to counter the burnout that often occurs in our profession.
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 and 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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Persons with Lived Experience/Expertise
Persons with lived experience/expertise are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract. If additional assistance or support is needed in completing a proposal, please get in touch with Bianca Hannon at Bianca@collaborative-solutions.net before the January 20th deadline.
Abstract Submission Requirements and General Outline
Abstract submission requirements are governed by the Association of Social Work Boards (AWSB). Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Provider Approval #1548) is approved to offer continuing social work education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Collaborative Solutions, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course(s). ACE Provider Approval Period: 05/16/2021 – 05/16/2024."
At least one “Primary/Lead Presenter" must be selected for each presentation. The selected person must meet at least one of the following criteria: