Pre-Conference Workshops

Back to the Future for Progress on Transportation Health Education

Monday, March 21, 2022 | 12-3:00 p.m. ET | 2.5 CECH | $50

Why is it that in 2021 less than one percent of Alabamians can access public transportation to get to work?

In 1952, an Alabama statewide constitutional amendment was approved denying funding to public transportation supporting the 1901 state constitution codifying social inequity of African Americans and working-class Caucasian Americans, and it is still the law.

In 2020, illiteracy in Alabama was estimated to be 15% or higher. Disadvantaged, minority populations, young and older adults could benefit from a health impact assessment of transportation that incorporates a health literacy component.

Advocacy for a statewide health impact assessment of transportation can serve as a catalyst for the empowerment of all populations.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
•Describe how health literacy and advocacy could empower disadvantaged and minority populations, young and older adults to organize and advocate for a change in policy, systems, and environment.

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Reducing Stigma Through Culturally Responsive Care and Services

Monday, March 21, 2022 | 12-3:00 p.m. ET | 2.5 CECH | $50

This workshop engages the HIV workforce as champions to reduce stigma through offering culturally responsive/competent care and services.

During this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how people with HIV, those affected by HIV, and those at risk of HIV experience stigma, review strategies to reduce stigma, and discuss applying culturally responsive language and care in their work settings.

We will list U.S. populations with and at risk for HIV and other health disparities; LGBTQ+, racial ethnic minorities, along with other marginalized populations. Participants will leave with action steps to reduce HIV-related stigma in their organizations and communities.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Describe culturally responsive practices across clinical and/or community settings that destigmatize services for people with HIV (PWH)and those at risk of HIV.
• Develop a practice-based action plan to reduce HIV-related stigma.


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In Stressful Times: Mindfulness Methods to Promote Mental Health

Monday, March 21, 2022 | 12-3:00 p.m. ET | 2.5 CHEC | $50

Mindfulness is the non-judgmental observation of our physical surroundings, bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Research evidence indicates mindfulness is an effective stress management strategy.

Age-specific mindfulness activities can lessen student anxiety, heighten self-awareness, and foster social connectedness in K-12 and college classrooms impacted by COVID and related stressors.

In this session, attendees learn about and practice multiple mindfulness techniques, including a head-to-toe “body scan” aimed at the identification and release of muscular tension, and a “five-senses exercise” that encourages the attentive, present-moment experience of each of the five senses in the perception of self and the surrounding physical and social environment.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
•Demonstrate two mindfulness methods for stress reduction.
•Apply mindfulness in their career journey.


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