Past Webinars and Trainings

Past Webinars and Trainings 2018-01-16T22:47:59+00:00

January 10, 2018: HIV Criminalization First Responder Series #1: Laws, Facts and Policy

The first webinar in PWN-USA’s HIV Criminalization First Responder series included an an overview of respectful, person-first language use, facts about HIV criminalization, and what rights people living with HIV have when they are criminalized. This session also covered how to research state law and policy that impacts people living with HIV. This session featured PWN staff and chapter leaders Barb Cardell and Bonetta Spratley.

Bonetta Spratley, PWN-USA South Carolina
Barb Cardell, PWN-USA Colorado
Rebecca Wang, PWN-USA Legal Fellow (Moderator)

January 9, 2018: HIV Criminalization 101

This webinar on HIV criminalization 101 is ideal for folks who are new to HIV criminalization but want to learn more and get involved. The webinar includes a discussion focused on the Texas context as well as time for questions/comments at the end and answers these questions: What is it and what do the laws look like nationwide? How is HIV criminalization inconsistent with modern science and fundamental legal principles? What are the current efforts to end HIV criminalization and how can you get involved in Texas? How do we build intersectional, durable coalitions that center the needs and perspectives of PLHIV? How do we ensure the Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV in HIV criminal reform efforts?

Co-hosted by PWN-USA, SERO Project and the Center for HIV Law & Policy (CHLP).

Kate Boulton, MPH, JD, Staff Attorney for CHLP
Tami Haught, Organizing & Training Coordinator, SERO Project
Arpita Appannagari, MPH, National Community Outreach Coordinator, CHLP
Venita Ray, PWN-USA Board Member, PWN-USA Texas Senior Member

November 28, 2017: #PWNCares: Undetectable=Untransmittable

Nov. 28, we premiered our PWNCares U=U video and held a virtual coffee table chat with the women featured in the video–Stacy Jennings, Shyronn Jones and Tiommi Luckett–as well as Dr. Ben Young, Chief Medical Officer of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), Shannon Weber and Becca Schwartz of HIVE, and Bruce Richman, executive director of the Prevention Access (U=U) Campaign. We discussed sex, reproduction, breastfeeding, implications of U=U for criminalization, what it takes to reach U=U and what the challenges are regarding access. Check it out and learn more here!

Tiommi Luckett, PWN-USA Communications Assistant
Stacy Jennings, PWN-USA South Carolina Co-Chair
Shyronn Jones, PWN-USA Member
Bruce Richman, Prevention Access Campaign Executive Director
Shannon Weber, Director of HIVE at UCSF
Dr. Benjamin Young, MD, Chief Medical Officer of International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC)
Jennie Smith-Camejo, PWN-USA Communications Director (moderator)
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November 21, 2017: Grassroots Fundraising Webinar

Need to do some fundraising to go to SPEAK UP! 2018? Or fundraising for your regional chapter or another project or campaign? Sometimes all you have to do is ask! Here are some helpful tips. You can find more here.

Presenter: Evany Turk, PWN-USA Membership Engagement Coordinator
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November 15, 2017: SPEAK UP! 2018 Session Proposals Webinar

Interested in submitting a session proposal for SPEAK UP! 2018, but would like some helpful tips and guidance? We held this informational webinar to give more information about what we are looking for in Summit session proposals and answer questions folks may have about sessions, the submission and scoring process, etc. 

Presenter: Vanessa Johnson, PWN-USA Training and Leadership Development Director

October 23, 2017 – Day of Action to #EndVAWHIV #PWNCares

Positive Women’s Network – USA launched our new, interactive multimedia series, #PWNCares, with a live online conversation about the intersections of HIV and intimate partner violence with 3 survivors living with HIV and a special guest from the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Here is the conversation we had. Content includes:

  • Video Interviews with Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence living with HIV
  • Discussion into healthy relationships
  • Q & A

Tiommi Luckett, PWN-USA
Venita Ray, PWN-USA
Teresa Sullivan, PWN-USA
Jennie Smith-Camejo, PWN-USA Communications Director (moderator)

October 17, 2017 – Community Update on Health Care

Over the past couple of days, the Administration has taken some actions to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Are you wondering what exactly is changing? Want to get your questions answered? Join this webinar, co-organized by AIDS Alabama, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, AIDS United, Positive Women’s Network, and Treatment Access Expansion Project.

Content includes:

    • Overview of the changes
    • What’s the projected impact? Case study of three states
    • Taking action at the federal level
    • Q & A
Presenters: Maryanna Tomazic, Treatment Access Expansion Project Bill McColl, AIDS United Matthew Pagnotti, AIDS Alabama, Alaina Kennedy, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Naina Khanna, PWN-USA

May 25, 2017 – Race, Class, Health & Privilege: Women of PWN Dismantling Racism Webinar #3

What is the impact of racial bias in health care for people of color, particularly for Black women living with HIV? How does mass incarceration fuel and feed disparities in health outcomes and affect families and communities? In this third webinar in the anti-racism curriculum developed by Women of PWN Dismantling Racism, an affinity group of white women living with HIV committed to addressing racism in ourselves and our communities, we will explore the different ways in which racism impacts health–and how we can fight for change.

Presenters: Manige Blackburn-Giles, health care provider
Dalia Rubiano Yedidia, Forward Together
Kari Hartel, PWN-USA Colorado Co-Chair
Kathleen Griffith, PWN-USA Board Member
Watch the recorded webinar here:

Download the slide deck here.

May 22, 2017 – Avoiding Work Fatigue and Burnout Through Sustainability and Self-Care

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ― Audre Lorde

The places we live, learn, work and play have tremendous impact on our health outcomes as Black women living with HIV. We need to be at forefront of racial justice for Black women, but finding a healthy balance of self-care and activism can be tricky. The Black Women Living with HIV affinity group formed at the 2016 Speak Up Summit is proud to present its first webinar, open to all women living with HIV, with presenters Penny DeNoble and Teresa Sullivan, who will help you understand stress, trauma and how you can improve your advocacy through self-care practices.

Penny DeNoble, PWN-USA member, educator, trainer
Teresa Sullivan, PWN-USA Board Member, Philadelphia FIGHT Teach Outside
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May 17, 2017 – Choosing Frames, Changing the Narrative: Values-Based Messaging 2.0

In the era of Trump, it’s more critical than ever that we advocate as effectively as possible and build as broad a base as possible to fight with us on our issues. We were incredibly fortunate to have special guest presenters Anat Shenker-Osorio, an acclaimed communications consultant and messaging expert; Charles Stephens, founder and director of the Counter Narrative Project and an accomplished writer; and Dr. Andrew Spieldenner, professor in Communication Studies and chair of the US People Living with HIV Caucus, teach us what they’ve learned in their work about how we can choose frames and change the narrative about the issues we are passionate about to translate into real policy wins.


Anat Shenker-Osorio, communications expert & author

Charles Stephens, founder & executive director of The Counter Narrative Project

Dr. Andrew Spieldenner, professor in Communication Studies & chair of the US PLHIV Caucus

  Watch the recorded webinar here:
Download the full slide deck here.

March 22, 2017 – Political Education 101: Coming Out of Our Comfort Zones

This webinar was a detailed (and timely) refresher on political systems, structures, designed to provide advocates with tools to effectively engage in existing systems and to consider which systems may need to be dismantled to benefit our communities. Presenters: Waheedah Shabazz-El, PWN-USA Regional Organizing Director Kamaria Laffrey, Coordinator, Florida HIV Justice Coalition Venita Ray, PWN-USA Board Member Watch the recorded webinar here:
Download the full slide deck here.

March 9, 2017 – Bodily Autonomy: A Framework to Guide Our Future

Bodily autonomy is the simple but radical notion that individuals have a right to control what does and doesn’t happen to their bodies. This is central to PWN-USA’s vision of a world where all women and girls living with HIV can lead long, healthy, dignified lives, free from stigma, discrimination, and violence in all forms. This important webinar in honor of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) explains bodily autonomy as a crucial framework for understanding and fighting the intensifying, oppressive attacks on women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, LGBQ and trans folks, and people living with HIV and other chronic health conditions.


Micky Bradford, Southern Regional Organizer, Transgender Law Center & Southerners on New Ground

Bré Campbell, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Trans Sistas of Color Project Detroit; Board Member, PWN-USA

Dázon Dixon Diallo, Founder & President, SisterLove Inc.

Ena Valladares, Director of Research, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

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January 27, 2017 – PWN-USA Policy Fellowship Application Webinar

policy-fellows-logo-v5-01Interested in being a PWN-USA Policy Fellow? Check out webinar for important information on participant eligibility, benefits of participating, tentative schedule and helpful tips on submitting a successful application! Presenter: Arneta Rogers, PWN-USA Policy and Advocacy Manager Watch the recorded webinar here:
Download the slide deck here.

January 17, 2017 – Women of PWN Dismantling Racism Intro Webinar

image-4This webinar was the first in a series of webinars aimed at identifying and combating internalized and external racism, introducing the new anti-racism curriculum being developed by an affinity group of white women living with HIV that formed at the 2016 Speak Up! Summit. Learn more about the affinity group here. Sign up to join the new anti-racism discussion group here. Presenters: Wanda Brendle-Moss, PWN-USA Member Barb Cardell, PWN-USA Board Chair Kathleen Griffith, PWN-USA Board Member Kari Hartel, PWN-USA Colorado Co-Chair Naina Khanna, PWN-USA Executive Director Venita Ray, PWN-USA Board Member Jennie Smith-Camejo, PWN-USA Communications Director Laurel Sprague, PWN-USA Member Watch the recorded webinar here:
Download the full slide deck here.

December 13, 2016 – Google Tools Training

google-toolsLearn how to use free tools from Google to create, share and collaborate on projects in word processing, spreadsheets and presentations! Did you know Google has free programs just like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint you can use to create documents, store them online and share them easily with others? Learn the basics and some tips to get started with this training. Presenter: Jennie Smith-Camejo, PWN-USA Communications Director Watch the recorded webinar here:
Download the full slide deck here.

criminalizationas-violence-against-women-living-with-hivNovember 29, 2016 – Criminalization As Violence Against People Living with HIV

This webinar was a discussion of criminalization as a perilous form of violence against people living with HIV (PLHIV). As we carry forward the work of National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV (WHLIV), we are reminded that interpersonal violence doesn’t happen in a vacuum – rather, institutions and systems create the conditions for violence against PLHIV to occur. At the same time, the forces of policing, incarceration, and criminalization inflict violence and trauma on communities that are disproportionately impacted by HIV, including communities of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people, people who use drugs, and sex workers.

The webinar also reviewed PWN-USA’s new factsheet examining Criminalization as Violence Against Women Living with HIV, and specifically discussed the disproportionate policing of communities impacted by HIV, police violence and brutality, the challenges of incarceration and reentry, and HIV criminalization as a specific form of structural violence against PLHIV. We also discussed policy recommendations and actions you can take to challenge these forms of violence against PLHIV. Presenters: Megan McLemore, Human Rights Watch Teresa Sullivan, PWN-Philly & Philadelphia FIGHT Robert Suttle, SERO Project Arneta Rogers, PWN-USA Cammie Dodson, PWN-USA

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November 16, 2016 – Post-Summit Review & Moving Forward

This webinar was designed to enlighten ALL regional chapter members and review: 1. What was  accomplished at the Pre-Institute, including your  Regional Campaign Commitments 2. Preparing  End of Year 2016 Reports 3. Creating work plans for region for 2017 We requested that all meetings for the remainder of the year be dedicated SOLELY to preparing both your end of year reports & creating your 2017 Work Plan —- as a group. Whether your meetings are in person or over the phone … every member of the group should be encouraged to provide some level of input. Presenters: Waheedah Shabazz-El, Regional Organizing Director, PWN-USA Cammie Dodson, Reproductive Justice & HIV Legal Fellow, PWN-USA Watch the recorded webinar here:
Download the full slide deck here.

September 13, 2016 – #PWNVotes: Winning on #HIV in #Election2016

#Election2016As we approach a historic election cycle this fall, we encourage PWN-USA members and allies to remember what’s at stake for people living with HIV and communities most impacted by the epidemic. It’s critical that we vote and ensure our folks are well-informed about their voting rights as well as what will be on the ballot – all the way down to state and local races. Although news about the two major party presidential candidates continues to dominate the media, important issues including interpretation and enforcement of HIV criminalization laws, Medicaid expansion,  minimum wage increases, reproductive rights and women’s health and anti-LGBTQ legislation are at stake on ballots across the nation. Join us for a conversation about how to effectively leverage your vote and get your community involved this election cycle! We’ll be discussing tactics and tools to elevate issues for candidates, including bird-dogging and candidate questionnaires, the importance of down-ballot races, get out the vote (GOTV) and working at the polls. Presenters: Kalpana Krishnamurthy – Forward Together Tami HaughtSERO Project, Iowa resident, and intractable bird-dogger Patrica Clark – PWN-USA Michigan member and candidate for Kalamazoo County Commissioner Loren Jones— PWN-USA Board Member, PWN Bay Area member and election poll-worker Watch the recorded webinar here:
Download the full slide deck here.

August 31, 2016 – Making Headlines: Media 101 for Advocates

#4 in a 4-part Communications Training Series. media webinar graphic“Earned media”–media coverage that you do not produce yourself and do not pay for–can be tricky to get, but can make or break your campaign or advocacy efforts. This crash-course will cover all the basics, from identifying the best reporters and media outlets to target, to crafting a media advisory and successfully pitching your story to reporters, to choosing a winning message and sticking to it no matter what, to ways of getting your story out even if media outlets don’t cover it. Presenters: Gina Brown, Advocate and Speaker, New Orleans Olivia Ford, Freelance Editor & Reporter Jennie Smith-Camejo, PWN-USA Communications Director Watch the recorded webinar here:
Download the full slide deck here.

July 12, 2016 – Social Media for Advocacy

social media webinar graphic 2#3 in a 4-part Communications Training Series. What is social media? What are the different networks good for? What are best practices for using social media to communicate with your “base” or your network? How do you get more people to engage with your content? How can you bridge the gap from online presence to real, in-person action with results? How can social media move your advocacy efforts or campaign forward in meaningful ways? We will explore these questions and more with folks who do it really well–and get real results. This training is a perfect springboard for those who are new to the world of social media as well as exploring more in-depth uses and best practices for those with more experience or who want to integrate the reach of social media into their campaigns. Presenters: Shyronn Jones, PWN-USA Georgia SCAT Rep Barb Cardell, PWN-USA Board Chair, PWN-USA Colorado Co-Chair Jennie Smith-Camejo, PWN-USA Communications Director Watch the recorded webinar here:
Click here to download the full slide deck.

May 25, 2016 – Using Values-Based Messaging to Move Your Campaign

core values2#2 in a 4-part Communications Training Series, #3 in a 3-part Policy Training Series, and #5 in a 5-part Regional Organizing and Leadership Development Training Series . Have you ever wondered why so many people seem so willing to believe things politicians or other public figures say that simply aren’t true, or why it’s so hard to win a debate with certain folks, even when all the facts are on your side? People believe in or discard messages based on what appeals to their core values. When you know how to identify those core values and appeal to as many of them as possible in your message, your audience is much more likely to hear and consider your message. In this interactive training, we will learn just how to do that, as well as how to make that message the public platform of your campaign. Presenters: Waheedah Shabazz-El, Regional Organizing Director, PWN-USA Teresa Sullivan, PWN-USA Founding Member, Board Member & PWN-USA Philly Senior Member Jennie Smith-Camejo, Communications Director, PWN-USA Download the full slide deck here.

May 4, 2016 – Mapping Your Campaign Using a Strategy Chart

#4 in a 5-part campaign planning training series for the Regional Organizing and Leadership workgroup. The first step in winning a campaign is understanding your short-, medium- and long-term goals and what you will need to do to reach those goals. Learn how to use a strategy chart to plan your campaign. Wah @ Prison Summit 2007Presenter: Waheedah Shabazz-ElRegional Organizing Director PWN-USA Watch the recorded webinar here:
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March 31, 2016 – Our Story, Our Message: Defining Our Personal Narrative and Using It to Frame Our Message

#1 in a 4-part communications training series. This interactive web-based training was co-presented by PWN-USA SCAT members Asha Molock and Christina Carta, who have extensive experience using their personal stories to fight stigma and advocate for women living with HIV in multiple contexts, from mainstream media to blogs to political advocacy. Learn how to share your story strategically for maximum impact; how to tie your story to your ask; things to consider before sharing your story; what to expect; and more! Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 18.28.57 00F973F0244A4EB28E83B6D04D8BB902Presenters: Christina Carta, PWN-USA member in Massachusetts, public speaker, author, blogger for The Well Project Asha Molock, PWN-USA Philadelphia Strategic Communications Action Team rep, retired teacher, author Jennie Smith-Camejo, Communications Director, PWN-USA Watch the recorded webinar here:

March 30, 2016 – Policy 101: Identifying the Players and the Process for Policy and Advocacy Work

#1 in a 3-part policy training series. Don’t be intimidated by engaging in policy and law systemadvocacy work! This introduction to the policy-making process will help identify policymakers and how legislation is made and implemented. Learn or review how ideas for change can be transformed into laws that govern us all and how to influence the “players” who make it all happen. Presenters: Arneta Rogers, Legal Fellow, PWN-USA Zsea Beaumonis, Legal Fellow, National LGBTQ Task Force Candace Bond-Theriault, Policy Counsel, National LGBTQ Task Force Download the full slide deck here.

March 22, 2016 – Choosing a Good Campaign Issue

#3 in a 5-part training series for the Regional Organizing and Leadership Development Workgroup. Presenter: Waheedah Shabazz-ElRegional Organizing Director, PWN-USA
Download the full slide deck here.

March 10, 2016 – Securing the Future of Women-Centered Care: Findings from a Community-Based Research Project

An explanation of key findings from a community-based participatory research project led by women living with HIV to determine what services women living with HIV need to stay engaged in care, and how well they are able to access those services. Follow this link for more information about the research project, and to download the full report. women centered care graphicPresenters: Naina Khanna, Executive Director, PWN-USA Arneta Rogers, Legal Fellow, PWN-USA Evany Turk, PWN-USA Board Member, Project Researcher Lepena Reid, PWN-USA Member, Project Researcher Loren Jones, PWN-USA Board Member, Project Researcher Janet Kitchen, PWN-USA Member, Project Researcher Watch the recorded webinar here:
Download the full slide deck here.

February 18, 2016 – What’s a Campaign? Who Are Advocates? Advocacy and Non-Disclosure: No Problem

#2 in a 5-part series of campaign-planning trainings for the Regional Organizing & Leadership Development Workgroup Presenter: Waheedah Shabazz-El, Regional Organizing Director, PWN-USA Watch the recorded webinar here:
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January 21, 2016 – Internalizing PWN Priorities through a Human Rights Lens

#1 in a 5-part series of campaign-planning trainings for the Regional Organizing & Leadership Development Workgroup Presenters:Picture1 Waheedah Shabazz-El, Regional Organizing Director, Positive Women’s Network-USA Arneta Rogers, JD, HIV & Reproductive Justice Legal Fellow, Positive Women’s Network-USA Watch the recorded webinar here:
Download the full slide deck here.

November 5, 2015 – Violence, Trauma and Reentering Women Living with HIV

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Presenters: Teresa Sullivan, Member of PWN-USA Board of Directors, Senior Member of PWN-USA Philadelphia, Co-Coordinator of Philadelphia FIGHT’s TEACH Outside Elisabeth LongCommunity Organizer and Educator, Co-Coordinator of Philadelphia FIGHT’s TEACH Outside Click here to download the slides.

February 3, 2015 – Eliminating Stigma from the Language of HIV Communications

standup_buttonPresenters: Valerie Wojciechowicz, HIV/AIDS educator, testing counselor, fitness professional and mentor Vickie Lynndoctoral student, University of South Florida, College of Public Health Moderated by: Olivia Ford, Positive Women’s Network – USA Watch the recorded webinar here:
Full Slide Deck – Eliminating Stigma from the Language of HIV Communications (PDF)

November 7, 2014 – Addressing Violence and Trauma in the Lives of Women with HIV: Towards Policy and Programmatic Solutiondoa_squarememe_arialPresenters:

Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, co-chair of Federal Interagency Working Group on Violence against Women and Girls, HIV/AIDS, and Gender-related Health Disparities Lindsey Dawson, Senior Policy Analyst, Kaiser Family Foundation Dr. Maggie Czarnogorski, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of National AIDS Policy Gina Brown and Kathleen Griffith, Positive Women’s Network – USA Moderated by: Naina Khanna, Positive Women’s Network – USA  Watch the recorded webinar here:
Additional materials from this webinar: Full Slide Deck – Addressing Violence and Trauma in the Lives of Women with HIV: Towards Policy and Programmatic Solutions (PDF) Analysis: Opportunities Under the ACA for Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Among Women With HIV (From Kaiser Family Foundation)

July 31, 2014 – Advancing Economic Justice and Employment Rights for Women Living with HIV

HIV economic empowerment campaign infographic Presenters: Mark Misrok, President, Board of Directors, National Working Positive Coalition (NWPC) Federal and State Efforts to Promote Employment Opportunities for People Living with HIV April Watkins, Assistant Director of Workforce Development, HIV Employment Programs, GMHC Helping WLHIV Address Concerns and Return to Work Heather Salek, Manager of Employment Services, Cascade AIDS Project Supporting Women with HIV to Enter or Re-enter the Workforce Stephanie Laster, HIV Prevention Specialist/Bridge Leadership Program Associate, SisterLove, Inc. Partnering with Other WLHIV to Achieve Better Financial Security Watch the recorded webinar here:

June 26, 2014 – Policy Update & Skills-building Training: Meeting with Legislators to Advance Women-Centered Care & Services

Presenters: Donna Crews, Director of Government Affairs, AIDS United Lucy Baglin, Policy Coordinator, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Moderated by: Naina Khanna, Positive Women’s Network – USA Watch the recorded webinar here:
Additional materials from this webinar: