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August 14, 2017 – A series of events are scheduled in various Illinois locales in support of people living with HIV and their care providers.

On August 29, a Summit of Hope will be held at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy. This community expo brings together local service providers to create a one-stop environment for invited parolees and probationers. Illinois HIV Care Connect will be there to help those who are living with HIV to gain the health care and support services they need.

On September 9, the 3rd annual Interprofessional Seminar in HIV, HBV and HCV for practitioners in federal and public health settings will be held in Chicago. Expert faculty will address key issues by engaging participants in case-based learning and problem-solving in the identification and management of diverse and challenging patient populations. In the context of recent national strategies for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, this seminar is focused on delivering practical approaches for aligning clinical practice with evolving evidence and providing relevant and applicable insights for improving patient care.

From Sept. 19-21, the Illinois Public Health Association will hold its annual meeting in Springfield. People living with HIV are affected by broader issues in public health and society such as social determinants of health, health equity, mental health care, obesity, Medicaid, maternal and child health, homelessness, affordable housing and employment opportunities. Attendance at this conference will assist those working with the HIV population to better understand challenges and opportunities facing the HIV-positive community.

On Oct. 6-7, the Midwest LBGTQ Health Symposium, sponsored by Howard Brown Health, will be held in Chicago. This event will bring together healthcare professionals, educators, researchers, and advocates from across the country to disseminate evidence-based practices and engage in rigorous discussion around the theme “Breaking the Stigma.”