Wednesday, May 26th 2021

9:00 AM

Breaking Barriers Symposium: DAY ONE

HIV in Alabama

(Event Media Release)

Presented by the Alabama AIDS Education Training Center (Alabama AETC)
and Medical Advocacy & Outreach (MAO)

May 26, 2021
9 AM – 3 PM (CST)

Professional Development: Webcast
Continuing Education: 4.25 contact hours possible

Registration: FREE REGISTRATION (includes audio/video learning experience, course materials and Certificate of Attendance with contact hours)

Partial credit will not be offered. Additional instructions associated with confirmation of credit may be provided at the time of training. All participants may be required to complete more than one evaluation/assessment.

Agenda (Subject to change.):

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Ending the HIV Epidemic in Alabama, Laurie Dill MD, AAHIVS
(keynote speaker)

Learning Objectives
• Discuss and overview of the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EtHE): A Plan for America and the 4 pillars of the plan.
• Discuss Alabama’s baseline and the specific goals for Alabama in the EtHE Initiative plan.
• Discuss the tools for ending the epidemic, including universal opt-out HIV testing
• Highlight PrEP, the MAO ePrEP program, and how PrEP is integrated into the Care Continuum

10:00 – 10:15 AM – Virtual Coffee Break

10:15 – 11:15 AM
Innovations in Care, Michael Murphree, LICSW

Learning Objectives
• Participants will receive information on the issues facing rural communities in specialty care delivery.
• Participants will learn about the use of Telemedicine/Telehealth in the Medical Advocacy and Outreach service area and how to address HIPAA concerns.
• Participants will develop an understanding of potential costs for implementing a Telemedicine/Telehealth project in a resource-limited area.

11:15 – 11:30 AM – Virtual Coffee Break

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Using Big Data to Inform HIV Testing Interventions, Lynn Matthews, MD, MPH

Learning Objectives
• Understand time to diagnosis and HIV testing patterns in Alabama.
• Understand County-level factors associated with testing rates and time to diagnosis
• Describe opportunities for increasing access to testing in Alabama

12:30 – 1:30 PM – Virtual Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00 PM
Trauma-Informed Care in the South, Panel Discussion
Shakita Brooks-Jones, MSW, MPA (Moderator)

Panel Members: Tommy Chavis, LPC, Tony Walker, Tori Cooper, Marguerite Barber-Owens MD, AAHIVS

Learning Objectives
• To increase provider and staff knowledge in HIV clinical settings about how to discuss and approach sensitive and traumatic topics with consumers.
• To enhance HIV providers’ ability to develop better rapport and relationships with consumers.
• To educate about the impact Trauma-Informed Care has on sexual risks and community-based education and testing.
• To discuss the importance of HIV clinical settings creating safe spaces and developing safety and crisis plans.
• To increase awareness of how beliefs and lack of knowledge impact Trauma-Informed Care practices in the South.

3 PM – Closing Remarks, Bretia Gordon, Ed.D., MPA

Continuing Education Considerations

For Counselors, Social Workers and Nurses:

Counselors: Medical Advocacy & Outreach (MAO) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6882. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This activity has been approved for up to 4.25 contact hour for counselors.

Social Workers: Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) has been approved by the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners as a provider of Continuing Education for social workers, Provider No. 0134. Exp. 3/31/2023. This activity has been approved for up to 4.25 contact hours (clinical) for social workers.

Nurses: Medical Advocacy & Outreach is an approved continuing education provider of the Alabama Board of Nursing, ABNP 1554, exp. 10/24/2024. This activity has been approved for up to 4.25 contact hours for nurses.

To receive credit, learners must complete the requirements listed here.

-Use your full name and email address when logging in to view the webcast. This is how your name will be recorded for possible CE credit.
-Where prompted, provide your discipline, state, and license number, if applicable. Failure to provide complete and accurate information will delay issuance of CE credit. For Alabama nurses, this is critical.
-Remain logged in for the duration of the presentation. Partial credit will not be offered.
-Learners who join more than ten (10) minutes late or log out more than ten (10) minutes early will NOT be eligible to claim CE credit.
-If you dial in by phone you must also be logged on from a computer or other device that allows you to view the slides and participate in the chat and Q&A portion of the activity.

Following the presentation, a continuing education contact hours certificate/certificate of completion will be emailed to all attendees who successfully complete the requirements for earning credit. Nurses licensed in Alabama will have credit applied to their account within two (2) weeks of the activity.

For questions regarding Continuing Education, please email

For Physicians:

Meharry Medical College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Meharry Medical College designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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