New York, NY, September 7 - The in-person Reunion Latina Training Institute took place on September 1 and 2, 2022, in Albany at the Hilton Albany Hotel. The regional event gathered HIV/AIDS organizations, faith-based communities, substance use organizations, and other public health and multi-service organizations serving Hispanic/Latinx communities. The training focused on sharing strategies and enhancing skills and knowledge on health-related issues affecting diverse communities, including HIV/AIDS, COVID19, Monkeypox (MPV), hepatitis C, and STIs.
Opening plenary speakers on day one included:
Elisa Crespo, Executive Director of the New York State Pride Agenda;
Johanne Morne, Deputy Commissioner of the NYS Department of Health;
Tania Capaz, Executive Director of SOMOS, Inc.;
Lucciano Reberte, Director of Community Engagement at the Latino Commission on AIDS; and
Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network.
At the Training Institute, we discussed the challenges to reaching the diverse Hispanic/Latinx communities impacted by COVID19 and MPV, the plans to unveil the NYS Health Action agenda in late September 2022, and our efforts to Ending the HIV epidemic in NYS, Puerto Rico, and the rest of the nation.
“We were proud to create a meaningful and relevant program at our in-person Regional Training Institute in Albany, New York. And we will continue hosting events to eradicate health disparities and advance health equity in our diverse communities,” stated Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network.
To learn about the entire program and the Capacity Building Workshops, visit www.latinoaids.org/reunion.