A Place at the Table: WATCH!

Submitted on Sep 1, 2015



A Place at the Table: WATCH! is an eight-week webinar series that offers women living with HIV* capacity building and training on HIV disease and treatment advocacy. Treatment advocacy can mean many different things, from advocacy at a community level, to the national level, or even the international level. Treatment advocacy skills and knowledge can also provide you with the tools to advocate for yourself to improve your health outcomes and quality of life. A Place at the Table: WATCH! will provide a basic overview of information that you need on your path to becoming an HIV treatment advocate.

*Note, while this program is focused to provide capacity building and training to women and transgender women living with HIV, we encourage all people living with HIV to participate.

Each week, an hour and a half webinar will address a variety of topics including basic HIV science, HIV treatment, advocacy skills building, and issues especially relevant to women living with HIV. The sessions will be led by experts and upon finishing the training program and required tests, participants will be issued certificates of completion by The Well Project.

Sessions take place every Tuesday for 8 weeks from 1:00-2:30 pm EDT, September 29 through November 17 and will be co-facilitated by Linda Scruggs and/or Vanessa Johnson (Ribbon Consulting) and Krista Martel (The Well Project).

Webinar Details and Registration

Please click here for the Guidelines for Certification below. If you are interested in receiving a certification of completion, you can register for the first webinar (A Place at the Table: Becoming an HIV Treatment Advocate) and click “Yes” to register for the entire series; or you can register for each webinar individually. For those not interested in certification, please feel free to register for as many (or few) of the webinars as you would like!

Note: Space is limited to 200 participants for each webinar.

  1. COMPLETE - A Place at the Table: Becoming an HIV Treatment Advocate
    An introduction to being a treatment advocate, including use of non-stigmatizing language, having a voice in HIV planning and decision making and how to advocate for yourself and others
    Date: September 29, 2015; 1:00–2:30 pm EDT/12:00–1:30 pm CT/10:00–11:30 am PT
    Speakers: Dawn Averitt, Grissel Granados, and Vickie Lynn, MPH 
  2. COMPLETE - HIV 101: Getting the Facts on the Basics of HIV
    Learn the basics of HIV, including misconceptions and myths about HIV and the HIV lifecycle
    Date: October 6, 2015; 1:00–2:30 pm EDT/12:00–1:30 pm CT/10:00–11:30 am PT
    Speakers: Julie "JD" Davids and Ebony Johnson
  3. COMPLETE - HIV 102: How HIV Impacts the Immune System, CD4 Cells and Viral Load
    Building upon HIV 101, this session will provide information about the immune system, CD4 cells and CD4 cell tests, women's viral loads, and AIDS defining conditions (including opportunistic infections)
    Date: October 13, 2015; 1:00–2:30 pm EDT/12:00–1:30 pm CT/10:00–11:30 am PT
    Speakers: Rebecca Dillingham, MD, MPH and Tranisha Arzah
  4. COMPLETE - Treatment 101: Considerations around HIV Treatment, HIV Adherence and Side Effects
    Learn the basics of treatment, including starting treatment, complementary therapies, adherence, and side effects
    Date: October 20, 2015; 1:00–2:30 pm EDT/12:00–1:30 pm CT/10:00–11:30 am PT
    Speakers: Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH and Deneen Robinson
  5. COMPLETE - Treatment 102: HIV Guidelines, Resistance and Drug Interactions
    Building on Treatment 101, this session will provide information on HIV treatment guidelines, resistance, and drug interactions
    Date: October 27, 2015; 1:00–2:30 pm EDT/12:00–1:30 pm CT/10:00–11:30 am PT
    Speakers: LaTrischa Miles and Ben Young, MD, PhD
  6. COMPLETE - Treatment 103: The Basics of Clinical Trials and Bio-Medical Research
    Building on Treatment 101 and 102, this session will provide information on understanding clinical trials (including treatment and prevention studies) and why it is important for women to participate in clinical trials
    Date: November 3, 2015; 1:00–2:30 pm EDT/12:00–1:30 pm CT/10:00–11:30 am PT
    Speakers: Gina Brown, MD and Martha Cameron
  7. COMPLETE - Transmission and Prevention: Basics of HIV Transmission, PrEP and Women and Treatment as Prevention
    Learn about advances and cutting edge research into HIV transmission, safer sex, women and PrEP, and treatment as prevention (TasP)
    Date: November 10, 2015; 1:00–2:30 pm EDT/12:00–1:30 pm CT/10:00–11:30 am PT
    Speakers: Dazon Dixon Diallo, MPH and Tiommi Jenae Luckett
  8. COMPLETE - Women-Specific Care: Sexual and Reproductive Health Continuum and HIV; Mental Health and HIV
    Learn about issues that are specific to women and in tandem with HIV, including sexual and reproductive health (such as pregnancy and menopause), mental health, and STDs
    Date: November 17, 2015; 1:00–2:30 pm EDT/12:00–1:30 pm CT/10:00–11:30 am PT
    Speakers: Gina Marie Brown, RSW and Shannon Weber, MSW

Guidelines for Certification

The Well Project will issue certificates to those individuals who participate in all eight webinars. Participants will take a pre- and post-test for each webinar and will be asked to fill out an evaluation at the end of the course. For those individuals who miss one or more of the courses, the webinar will be recorded and available for playback for two weeks after it occurs. If you are interested in certification, please make sure to register for all eight webinars. (Note, you have the option to check “yes” to a question during the registration of the first webinar to register for all eight; or you can register for each one individually if you prefer).

Note: Registration will close one day in advance of each webinar.

We also welcome individuals who are interested in learning about one or more topics but are not available to join us for the full series. If you are not interested in certification, feel free to register for just those webinars that you are specifically interested in.

Technology Requirements

The webinar viewing currently supports Windows PC, Mac, Android tablets, iPhones, and iPads. You would need one of those devices to join the meeting. At least the visual part of it. Anyone can dial into the audio component by calling in and entering your attendee PIN. Anyone joining by mobile device would need to download the AnyMeeting App from their respective App Store in order to join the meeting.

For any webinars you are not able to join live please click the links above for each webinar's page to access the Pre-Test, Recording and Post-Test. Webinar recordings are posted within a day of the live webinar and remain available for two weeks following the live webinar.

This program is supported through unrestricted grants provided by Merck, Janssen Therapeutics, Gilead Sciences, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbvie.

Questions? Please email kbower@thewellproject.org



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