Disease Intervention Specialist Summit 2020

September 25th, 28th and 30th, 2020: To help address the expanding roles of Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS), the CAPTC, in collaboration with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of AIDS (OA) and the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch (STDCB), put together a three part virtual DIS series. Presenters, facilitators and session leads all speak to to the evolving and expanding roles of DIS, especially now in the time of COVID.

Summit Videos

Slides and Resources

Aunsha Hall-Everett, MA

CBA Manager, California PTC

Oni J. Blackstock, MD, MHS

Founder and Executive Director, Health Justice, New York, NY
Attending Physician, Harlem Hospital, New York, NY

Resources referenced:
Racial Equity Tools
race forward

Gail Bolan, MD

Director, Division of STD Prevention, CDC

George W. Rutherford, MD

Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics and History
Head, Division of Infectious Disease and Global Epidemiology, UCSF

Online Courses

Developed to support DIS work. Registration required.

Motivational Interviewing: History and Spirit

Motivational Interviewing: Principles in Practice

Moving from Bias to Engagement using Cultural Humility

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Friday, September 25

9:00 AM-9:15 AM Welcome
Speakers: Eileen Jacobowitz, Linda DeSantis, MEd

9:15 AM-9:30 AM Welcome from the Office of AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch
Speakers: Marisa Ramos, Kathleen Jacobson

9:30 AM-10:30 AM National Perspectives and Changing Roles of DIS
Speaker: Gail Bolan, MD

9:30 AM-9:45 AM BREAK

9:45 AM-11:30 AM Global Perspectives of Contact Tracing and HIV
Speaker: George Rutherford, MD
Contact tracing is the process of identification of persons who may have come into contact with an infected person (“contacts”) and subsequent collection of further information about these contacts.

11:30 AM-11:50 AM Breakout Discussions of morning presentations
Speaker: Eileen Jacobowitz

11:50 AM-12:00 PM Closing
Speaker: Linda DeSantis, MEd

Monday, September 28

9:00 AM-9:15 AM Welcome

9:15 AM-10:15 AM Medical Mistrust and Implicit Bias
Speaker: Oni Blackstock, MD

10:15 AM-10:30 AM BREAK

10:30 AM-12:00 PM Break Out A: Motivational Interviewing in Times of an Existing New Normal
Speaker: Aunsha Hall-Everett
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an effective and proven strategy supporting individuals with behavior change. As a practice of conversation that is individual-centered, MI employs techniques that supports an individual with exploring their own motivation and commitment.

10:30 AM-12:00 PM Break Out B: Practicing Cultural Humility to Strengthen Engagement
Speaker: Tim Vincent
This interactive presentation and skills building workshop will increase participants understanding of the tenets and approach of cultural humility to apply to the goals of DIS work.

Wednesday, September 30

9:00 AM-9:15 AM Welcome
Speakers: Eileen Jacobowitz, Linda DeSantis, MEd

9:15 AM-10:00 AM Boundary Boot Camp & Resilience Revolution
Speaker: Shannon Weber
This interactive session is for professions experiencing overwhelm to reclaim empathy and resilience and return to a joyful practice. You will leave this session with a boundary setting frame work and a personal resilience plan.

10:00 AM-10:15 AM BREAK

10:15 AM-11:15 AM Panel Discussion
Speakers: Linda DeSantis, MEd, Wanda Jackson

11:15 AM-11:50 AM Grounding & Closing the Circle
Speakers: Shannon Weber, Aunsha Hall-Everett

11:50 AM-12:00 PM Closing Remarks
Speaker: Linda DeSantis, MEd