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Thursday, November 29 • 8:00am - 9:30am
F-03 - Achieving Health, Housing, and Employment Outcomes for PLWHA Through Cross-System Coordination: 201

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This workshop is geared toward Ryan White healthcare and supportive service grantees. The intent of this workshop is to provide participants with: 1. knowledge about research, clinical and vocational rehabilitation practice and community based provider’s experience suggesting the need for strengthening working relationships between healthcare and supportive service providers, and vocational rehabilitation and employment service providers; 2. an opportunity, in interdisciplinary groups, to brainstorm barriers to developing those relationships; and 3. the opportunity to interact with the leading U. S. researcher studying the vocational and employment service needs of PLWHA, an HIV clinical expert, an expert in the area of vocational rehabilitation counseling for PLWHA, and a community based Ryan White Supportive Service Provider who is also developing a housing/employment program and innovative collaborations.

Learning Objectives:

  • This session will review two examples of research findings that suggest improvements in treatment adherence, health outcomes, and reduced risk behaviors among PLWHA who are engaged in vocational and/or employment services.
  • The session will identify two barriers to interdisciplinary collaboration between health care and supportive service providers and vocational and/or employment service providers.
  • The session will identify two strategies that can be used to overcome barriers and initiate interdisciplinary collaboration between health care and supportive service providers and vocational and/or employment service providers.


Charles Lobosco

HIV/Employment Project Consultant
Charles Lobosco, M.S. Ed., worked for the New York State (NYS), Department of Health, AIDS Institute for over 22 years. He helped develop an HIV Welfare to Work Initiative and promote the National Working Positive Coalition/Penn State University Survey of Employment/Vocational Training... Read More →


Tracy Boff

Director of AIDS Services, Catholic Charities Community Services
Tracy Boff, Director of AIDS Services for Catholic Charities Community Services of Rochester, New York, has more than 22 years of experience in human services, 16 of which have been dedicated to serving people living with HIV and AIDS. Tracy was a team leader in the development of... 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 →

Charles Gonzalez,M.D.

Associate Medical Director for Science and Policy/OMD, NY State Department of Health/AIDS Institute
Dr. Charles Gonzalez, MD, a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine and specializes in internal medicine and infectious disease in New York, New York.

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 →

Thursday November 29, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am EST
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