FREE, DAYLONG SUMMIT FOR LONG TERM SURVIVORS OF HIV/AIDS
TO BE HELD IN
RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
PALM SPRINGS, CA/CHICAGO, IL: October 28, 2015 - The Reunion Project, a daylong summit, w as created for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS to share their stories of loss and survival. The summit will be held in Palm Springs Tuesday, November 3, 9 am – 5 pm, at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences in the Eisenhower campus in Rancho Mirage, CA. (Please click on the map for directions:
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A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
The event also aims to honor the past, identify and develop successful strategies for living, and help people support each other as they age. As the population of people living with HIV/AIDS continues to age (it's estimated that 50% of people living with HIV/AIDS are now over the age of 50), advocacy and training needs to occur to ensure that policy makers and providers are able to effectively address issues such as mental health, housing, and economic and financial hardship in this unique group. To register for The Reunion Project Palm Springs visit: EventBrite RSVP
The summit is co-sponsored by Test Positive Aware Network in Chicago and its national HIV treatment magazine Positively Aware, The Positive Life Series of Jewish Family Service of the Desert in Palm Springs, and supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb. The Reunion Project was co-organized by Jeff Berry, Editor of Positively Aware along with treatment educators and activists Matt Sharp and Gregg Cassin from San Francisco, and Jeff Taylor from Palm Springs.
The summit will begin with a special viewing of clips from the documentary film
“ Desert Migration ” directed and produced by Daniel Cardone which will be premiered later that same week on Nov. 5, 2015 at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs. The film focuses on gay men living long term with HIV who sought an oasis in Palm Springs where their sexual orientation and health status were welcomed, and quality care made available. The Coachella Valley hosts the largest population of long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS in the country.
Speakers during the summit will include: Jeff Berry, Editor of Positively Aware ; Jeff Taylor of the Positive Life Series; Daniel Cardone, Director of the film “Desert Migration”; Dr. Rick Loftus on the HIV and aging Project GRACIE; Gregg Cassin, Honoring Our Experience / Shanti Project; Phil Curtis of AIDS Project Los Angeles; Chris Brown from the LA Gay & Lesbian Center; Drs. Ron Ellis and David Moore who are conducting the UCSD/Desert AIDS Project aging study; Drs. Ron Stall and James Egan, Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Michael Plankey, Georgetown University Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases on resilience and HIV long term survivors; Nick Nicholas on coping strategies; and Dr. Jill Gover of the LGBT Center in Palm Springs who will speak about the local Palm Springs community.
Positively Aware Editor Jeff Berry stated, “The first summit held in Chicago with over 100 people in attendance was an amazing opportunity for people to come together and work together as a community to help each other as they age. The Reunion Project isn't just a one-day event. After the day is over we hope to gain a better understanding of what the community's needs and wants are, so that we can work on ways to better address those issues.”
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Chicago Contact: Jeff Berry; Editor of Positively Aware Magazine
Palm Springs Contact: Jeff Taylor; Positive Life Series,
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