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Wednesday, November 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
E-03 - Achieving Health, Housing, and Employment Outcomes for PLWHA Through Cross-System Coordination: 101

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This workshop will discuss emerging initiatives targeting health, housing, and employment outcomes for PLWHA at Federal, State, and local levels in the context of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy with a panel of PLWHA, researchers, providers, and Federal and State officials. The workshop has three components: • Discussion of the relationships between health, housing, and employment outcomes. • Discussion of new employment initiatives of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, and the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute. • Discussion of survey data that show improved health outcomes and reduced risk behavior (secondary prevention) among employed PLWHA.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to Identify examples of improved health outcomes and reduced risk behaviors among PLWHA who are employed.
  • Describe how emerging Federal, State, and community-based employment initiatives can provide support to meet employment needs of PLWHA at the local level.
  • Describe examples of the relationship between health, housing and employment outcomes.


Mark Misrok

President, National Working Positive Coalition
Mark Misrok, MS, Ed, CRC is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, President of the National Working Positive Coalition, and has lived with HIV for over 25 years. Working in community-based vocational rehabilitation services for PLWHA beginning in 1995, Mark was Director of Client... Read More →


Liza Conyers,Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Penn State University
Liza Conyers, PhD, CRC, is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Services at Penn State University and Chair of the NWPC Research Working Group. She had conducted research in the area of HIV and employment for the past 10 years and is Principal Investigator on the NWPC... Read More →

Lauren Deigh

Community Planning and Development Specialist, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, CPD
Lauren Deigh, MPA, BSW, serves as a Community and Planning Development Specialist in HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH), which administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS program. Ms. Deigh is involved in HUD’s activities to implement the National HIV/AIDS... Read More →

Perry Junjulas

Executive Director, Albany Damien Center
Perry Junjulas is the Executive Director of the Albany Damien Center, the Capital Region’s AIDS Community Center which provides services and support for individuals and families living with and directly affected by HIV/AIDS. Since his HIV diagnosis in 1995, Perry has worked to ensure... Read More →

Dylan Orr

Special Advisor, Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
Dylan Orr, JD, serves as Special Advisor to Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez in the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor. In this capacity, Dylan contributes to the development of national disability-employment related regulations and policy. Dylan... Read More →

April Watkins

Assistant Director of Workforce Development, GMHC
April Watkins is the Assistant Director of Workforce Development at GMHC’s MATCH Program, where she has worked for the past 8 years. She has more than 12 years of experience working within the workforce development field, while struggling through her own journey being HIV positive... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
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