Engaging Latinx Communities Across the HIV Continuum of Care
July 18, 2017 | 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | St. William Catholic Church, 1534 Whitesville Road, Albertville, AL 35950
Free workshop. Social work and nursing CEUs available. Register today.
Thrive Alabama will host a workshop for staff and community partner to prioritize the health and wellbeing of the Hispanic/Latino (Latinx) communities in Northeast Alabama. This workshop is designed for participants to collaborate and address the challenges organizations face engaging Latinx in services within our communities.
- review demographics and diversity of Latinos in Alabama.
- discuss the impact HIV has had on the Latino community in Alabama.
- review a public health structural framework.
- identify gaps in the Alabama HIV service network for Latino along the continuum of care.
- identify priorities to meeting the needs of Latino along the HIV continuum of care.
- establish next steps to address the priorities developed by stakeholders.
Erik Valera has been a program director at the Latino Commission on AIDS (the Commission), since April 2012. He’s a senior in the Commission’s national capacity building assistance department with a specialized focus on HIV in the South. Since 1993 he’s worked to implement community and clinical programs for those impacted by HIV. Additionally, his expertise serves to support organizations and communities in the areas of community based participatory research, marketing, and professional networking. Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from California State University, Los Angeles. He lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Gabriela Santana Betancourt, MPH
Gabriela Santana Betancourt is the Deputy Director of Research and Evaluation at the Latino Commission on AIDS. She holds a BA in Sociology from Binghamton University (SUNY), an MA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from NYU, and an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University. She is currently completing her DrPH in Epidemiology at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Her dissertation looks at the impact of foster care placement on the sexual and reproductive health outcomes of youth in the child welfare system. Prior to entering the world of research, she worked as a direct service provider with at-risk youth as a health educator and counselor. She is the child of immigrant parents from Cuba and the Canary Islands. At heart, she is still just a scrappy kid from the Bronx trying to make her way and give back to her community.
MAO is a provider of Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners continuing education units, provider number 0134. 6 CEUs are offered for participation in this workshop. ABSWE CEU may be used by social workers and nursing professionals.