There’s nothing like a Chicago weekend! The Reunion Project 2.0—Chicago will convene on June 14-15 at Loyola University-Water Tower Campus. This FREE, two-day informational and networking event is designed for people living and aging with HIV, and individuals who are supportive of or providers of care for people living and aging with HIV.
Friday, June 14 (Day 1): “Positively Aging and Work: What Are My Options?” will consist of a one-day employment information and resource event in collaboration with National Working Positive Coalition. Presentations will include exploring how work earnings interact with policies of our essential benefits and supports, legal rights and protections related to employment, and key programs, resources and strategies for jobseekers and workers living and aging with HIV. In addition there will be one-on-one access for attendees to collect information and speak with representatives of key employment programs, training and education, financial aid, legal services, benefits advisement and other related resources.
To register for Day 1 click here.
Saturday, June 15 (Day 2): The Reunion Project will be hosting its second Chicago Town Hall “HIV, Aging, Surviving and Thriving: A Family Reunion,” which will provide education and information on issues and strategies of people living and aging with HIV, including a keynote address by Dr. Keith R. Green, Associate Professor at Loyola and former associate editor of Positively Aware. This will be another day of great speakers, special performances and also include two sessions of three breakout groups: “Science of HIV and Aging,” “Mental Health” and “Women and HIV.”
To register for Day 2 click here.
The Reunion Project 2.0-Chicago is a FREE two-day event, but you must RSVP as space is limited. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-989-9400 ext. 270.
The Reunion Project was founded in 2015 by long-term survivors of HIV Matt Sharp and Jeff Berry, who recognized that there is an entire group of individuals who had survived the epidemic but in many ways have been left behind by the community that they helped to build. The Reunion Project provides a safe space for survivors of HIV to come together and honor the fact that even though they have weathered great adversity and tremendous loss, many have come through the experience with a certain degree of resilience. We feel these stories deserve to be told, and shared, to help those who may need help in finding their way back out of isolation, depression, or post-traumatic stress that came as a result of surviving the epidemic.
The Reunion Project hosts one-day summits around the country. The summits consist of a mix of facilitated discussions, panels, and presentations led by key researchers, advocates, and long-term survivors of HIV and AIDS. The Reunion Project receives support from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Merck, ViiV and Walgreens, and TPAN, publisher of Positively Aware magazine. The Reunion Project has been to Chicago, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, and Seattle. Cities for 2018 include Washington, D.C. and New Orleans.
A National Steering Committee leads the group's efforts and includes Sharp (San Francisco) and Berry (Chicago), along with Jeff Taylor, Palm Springs; Gregg Cassin, San Francisco; Chris Bartlett, Philadelphia; Waheedah Shabazz-El, Philadelphia; and Louis Spraggins, Chicago.
This year, The Reunion Project collective is proud to partner with TPAN in expanding our reach through Positively Aging, a large-scale program that helps innovate care for older adults living with HIV and connects peers to vital support, through the meaningful programming in cities around the country and with informative and inspirational outreach through Positively Aware magazine.
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The Reunion Project National Roundtable Forum, a community-led, diverse coalition of advocates who are survivors of HIV from across the U.S., gathered March 30–31, 2018 at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences in Rancho Mirage, California. Over the course of one-and-one-half days more than 50 advocates convened to develop a national HIV survivorship advocacy agenda.
The main objective of the Roundtable Forum was to come to a consensus regarding a Coalition of Survivorship, and to begin a process to build a sustainable and powerful movement.
This report summarizes the main findings of the meeting and the methods used.
Published on World AIDS Day 2016, “The Unintended Consequences of AIDS Survival,” a 24-page status report authored by Sharp with support from Bristol-Myers Squibb, calls attention to the lives and needs of people living with AIDS, particularly long-term survivors.
Read and download the report here.
Author Matthew Sharp, a 30-year AIDS survivor, was uniquely qualified to pen this particular survivor story as an eyewitness on the front lines in the AIDS fight. He is one of a handful of AIDS activists leading survivor mobilization efforts nationally with The Reunion Project.