February/March 2019
Member Highlights
ANAC member publishes article in The Lancet
Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, published an article entitled Youth at risk of HIV: the overlooked US HIV prevention crisis. He examined the disparities in HIV prevention and treatment outcomes that include inadequate progress in curtailing the epidemic among adolescents and young adults aged 13-29 years. Vincent is a licensed social worker and nurse practitioner. He is a Professor and Associate Vice Provost of mentoring and outreach programs, and is the director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health at NYU Silver School of Social Work. View the article.
U.S. announces new HIV initiative
Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. As mentioned in the State of the Union address two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a new initiative that will leverage scientific advances in treatment and prevention to achieve the goal of reducing new HIV infections in the United States by 75 percent within five years, and then by 90 percent within 10 years. The initial phase will focus on geographic and demographic hotspots in the U.S.  Brett Giroir, MD, MPH, A ssistant Secretary of Health at HHS, announced last week that RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, D eputy Assistant Secretary of Health,will be coordinating this multi-agency effort.

AIDSWatch 2019 - April 1-2
AIDSWatch, held in Washington, DC, is the  nation's largest annual constituent-based national HIV advocacy event, bringing together hundreds of people living with HIV and their allies to meet with members of Congress to educate them about the important issues related to HIV in the U.S. ANAC will have a team participating to include the important voices of nurses and other health care providers on this effort.There is still time to register!  For more information and to register.

ANAC2019: Portland - Nov. 7-9
ANAC seeks abstracts for oral concurrent sessions, symposia, posters and roundtables. Authors are invited to submit abstracts that relate to the conference objectives. Abstracts will be accepted until April 15. More information. 

The ANAC research committee will be hosting a live webinar to help with the submission process on March 12 at 1 p.m. ET. Register

OAR research priorities
The Office of AIDS Research (OAR) at NIH is soliciting feedback from its stakeholder communities on HIV research priorities and guidelines for determining HIV funding. The input of nurse scientists is critical. Comment period closes April 13. View the request for information

Applications now open for research grants
ANAC is partnering with Sigma Theta Tau to co-sponsor a research grant to encourage research career development of nurses through support of clinically oriented HIV/AIDS research and to increase the number of HIV studies being done by nurses. Applications are now being accepted through April 1. More information.  
ANF seeks applications
The ANAC/ANF research grant application is now open through May 1. Information about the various organizations, including ANAC, is available here. Applicants can apply for more than one category/organizational sponsor (i.e. combined funding) with the same proposal if the proposal and the applicant meet all criteria. 

SAMHSA announces funding opportunity
SAMHSA is accepting applications for funding for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Minority AIDS Initiative - Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High-Risk for HIV/AIDS. Deadline is April 22. More information.

OPMAN conference 
The Optimal Management of HIV Disease and Hepatitis Clinical Conference (OPMAN) will be held March 22-24 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL. This conference will include recent conference data (including CROI 2019); a dedicated focus on HIV, hepatitis and HIV/hepatitis coinfection and a unique distillation of data that is clinically focused for practicing HIV and hepatitis medical professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to ask top thought leaders and researchers in HIV and hepatitis medicine questions during faculty roundtable sessions on Friday and Saturday. Register.

Congratulations to AFREhealth
The African Forum for Research and Education for Health (AFREhealth) recently received a $3.9 million NIH/Fogerty award to strengthen AFREhealth as a pan-African inter-professional association, building upon the PEPFAR-supported Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI)and Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). ANAC members Prof. Abigail Kazembe (AFREhealth executive council) and Judy Khanyola participated in the application. Read the release
New at ANAC

Welcome to new employee
We welcome Hina Ahmed to the ANAC staff as program manager. Her main responsibility is the HIV and Aging program, but she also will manage other ANAC programs. Hina has a masters in public administration and has previously worked at the International Society on Thrombosis and served as a clinical trials assistant at Duke. She is located in Washington, DC. You can contact her at  Hina@anacnet.org

Gilead announces HIV & Aging initiative
It is expected that by 2030, 70 percent of people living with HIV will be over the age of 50. We are pleased to announce that ANAC is one of 30 organizations awarded funding by Gilead Sciences to address the needs of older people living with HIV as part of the HIV Age Positively initiative. We will develop and disseminate a multi-dimensional educational program with the goal of ensuring that aging PLWH are provided the best possible quality of life through optimal care and care coordination by nurses/nurse practitioners in settings where older patients are served. We are partnering with the major gerontology nursing organizations and nationally recognized schools of nursing with gerontology programs to deliver this education and training to nurses across the U.S.
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