USCA: Master Series for Leadership

USCA: Master Series for Leadership

USCA: Master Series for Leadership Septembers 10 – 13, 2015 Washington, DC

The 2015 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will be in Washington, DC September 10-13. A new and innovative program for this year’s conference is its version of the TED Talks for the HIV Movement series. This program seeks to replicate, but has no affiliation with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks which were started with the vision of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The unique lecture series is for high functioning organizations that understand the urgency behind the work. It’s not basic capacity building; instead, the TED Talks for the HIV movement will be a forum to build leadership. The talks will look the big questions.

• Where are we going?

• What is our future?

• What issues should the community address as we look at HIV after the Affordable Care Act, but before we end the epidemic?

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria and illness from potential agents of bio-terrorism. He is a long-term leader, influencer, and hero to our movement. This session will provide an opportunity to hear Dr. Fauci’s thoughts on vaccines, biomedical prevention, and approaches towards a cure.


NMAC leads with race. Three senior staff will talk about race, racism, health equity, and racial justice within the context of HIV. They will outline what our movement needs to do to normalize discussions on these important topics. NMAC sees this as an urgent first step towards bending the curve of new HIV infections and retaining HIV positive people of color in care.


Sandy Thurman, Grant Colfax, and Jeff Crowley all hold unique perspectives as former heads of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. They were privy to what happens behind the scenes. We’ve asked them to talk about their time in the White House and to share their thoughts and recommendations on what it’s going to take to end the HIV epidemic.


What is the future of HIV prevention in the U.S.? How can we reduce HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly young black MSM? Why are black women twenty times more likely then white women to get HIV? These are just some of the questions we’ve asked Dr. Eugene McCray to address. As the director of Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Dr. McCray leads the CDC’s response to slow, and eventually end, the transmission of HIV through the implementation of high-impact prevention in the U.S.



Peter Staley is a long-term AIDS and gay rights activist – first as a member of ACT UP New York, then as the founding director of the Treatment Action Group (TAG). USCA asked Peter to talk about the history of HIV activism to ensure we never forget our past. More importantly, we’ve asked him to put activism into a context that is relevant today. What happened to the urgency of our movement and how can we get it back? What is the role of activists in light of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Treatment as Prevention (TasP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)?



What is the future of the Ryan White Care Act? This is one of the biggest questions facing our movement. USCA is pleased that Dr. Laura Cheever, the administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau, will be here to lead the discussion. The Ryan White Care Act is essential to our ability to provide comprehensive services for People Living with HIV/AIDS. Many in our movement are concerned about its future. This session will provide an opportunity to hear Dr. Cheever’s thoughts on the big issues and to dialogue with her and other leaders about the future of this important program.



USCA invited back Mark Harrington (Treatment Action Group) and Charles King (Housing Works) to update the conference on the status of New York State’s plan to end the epidemic. We’ve also asked Neil Giuliano (San Francisco AIDS Foundation) to discuss the plans in San Francisco. Leaders from other jurisdictions will be added to this session when they are confirmed. The HIV TED Talks were developed in direct response to participant’s requests for more advanced discussions at USCA. We hope you will find them insightful, provocative and educational.