Our annual SpringBoard conference offers education on health, social, legal and community issues that impact women with HIV and their families. It’s also a great opportunity for community networking. The more we enrich our understanding of HIV+ women’s lives, the better the community can support, educate, and speak up when needed. Here’s what happened at the 2015 event.
We love what SpringBoard suggests: a jumping-off point. It’s a launch to discuss achievements, challenges, and potential improvements in care and community. Conference presenters are encouraged to make their presentations as open and interactive as possible; we want people to talk and share their wisdom.
There are commonalities all people with HIV face, but women have some added considerations: unequal vulnerability to infection, power imbalances in relationships, economic disparities, sexual stigma, and more. SpringBoard is a space to learn and explore change.
To answer a frequently asked question, “Yes, men ARE welcome.” We appreciate everyone who is interested in women’s health and wellness.
SpringBoard attendees include health care providers, social services providers, students in health care and social work programs, women with HIV, community members, and volunteers interested in women’s health, HIV, mental health, addictions, and community development. While it’s not a peer support event (our retreats are a better fit for that), many women with HIV attend, and we are usually able to offer subsidies for several PWN members from out of town.
SpringBoard is usually presented in May; this year it was Thursday May 19.. We haven’t set the date for 2017, but if you follow us on Twitter and watch for the tag #PWNSpringBoard you won’t miss out. Not on Twitter? No problem- we’re on Facebook too, or you can email us to get on our e-list. We’ve been lucky to have the support of our exclusive pharmaceutical sponsor, Abbvie for years.