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World AIDS Day 2018

Registration for attendees

Registration for submission of abstracts
            Abstract/Poster Submission Information

Conference Agenda   
Transportation & Parking

Date: November 30, 2018, 7:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Alumni Hall, University of Pittsburgh, 4227 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Students may be eligible for Poster Submission and Registration fee waivers.  Please contact the MidAtlantic AETC at or 412-624-1895 for more information on scholarships or group pay procedures.  Our office is at A226 Public Health, University of Pittsburgh for in-person inquiries.

Please note that room temperatures can vary greatly this time of year, and dress accordingly. 

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling 412-624-1895 or emailing 


Conference Agenda:
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7:30am Registration

Welcome and Introduction
Linda Rose Frank, PhD, MSN, ACRN, FAAN
Professor of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing
Graduate School of Public Health
Principal Investigator, MidAtlantic AETC
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Donald Burke, MD
Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Public Health
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health
Distinguished University Professor of Health Science and Policy
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Charles Rinaldo, Jr., PhD
Chair and Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases
and Microbiology, Graduate School of Public Health
Director, Clinical Virology Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Councilman Corey O’Connor
City Council District 5
City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Introductory Remarks from Honorary Co-Chair
John Folby
2018 World AIDS Day Honorary Co-Chair

8:30am Session 1, Keynote Address: HIV, HCV, and Medication Assisted Opioid Treatment
Ron Goldschmidt, MD
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Director, AETC National Clinician Consultation Center
University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
9:30am Session 2, Keynote Address: Learning from the Journey: Continuing Challenges in the HIV Epidemic
Cheryl Healton, DrPH
Dean and Professor, College of Global Public Health
Director, Global Institute of Public Health
New York University, New York, NY
10:30am BREAK

Session 3: The MidAtlantic AETC at 30 Years: The Journey for Improving HIV Prevention and Care
John Folby, 2018 World AIDS Day Honorary Co-Chair
Lou DePaola, DDS, MS, University of Maryland  
Ron Goldschmidt, MD; UCSF 
Patricia Lincoln, RN, BSN, ACRN, Christian Care, Delaware
Johanna McKee, RN, CCRC, Virginia Commonwealth University  
Ann Ricksecker, MPH, Health Federation of Philadelphia
Jane Russell, BSN, RN, ACRN, Ohio State University
Jeannette Southerly, RN, BSN, ACRN, West Virginia University 
Susan Thompson, BS, Health Federation of Philadelphia 


Alumni Hall Ballroom, First Floor

2:00pm Session 4: What's New in HIV Prevention, Treatment and Cure
John Mellors, MD
Professor of Medicine and Endowed Chair for Global Elimination of HIV/AIDS
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Session 5: Moving the Agenda Forward: Advocacy and Empowerment
Marla Gold, MD, FACP
Dean Emerita and Professor of Health Management and Policy
Dornsife School of Public Health
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

4:00 pm Session 6: Substance Use and Mental Health
Antoine Douaihy, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine
Senior Academic Director of Addiction Medicine Services
Director of Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
5:00pm Closing Remarks and Evaluations
5:15pm Adjournment


The event will be taking place at Alumni Hall at the University of Pittsburgh, located at 4227 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.  

Parking is available on the street or at nearby parking garages (O'Hara Garage, Soldiers and Sailors Garage, UPMC Presbyterian).  More information is available at:

 Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!