Center for Innovation and Engagement: Subject Matter Expert Webinar Series

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NASTAD’s Center for Innovation and Engagement launched the Subject Matter Expert Webinar Series. This five-part Wednesday series aims to harness collective knowledge in the public health community about HIV and interconnected social determinants of health through the development of culturally responsive technical assistance resources. The webinar series is tailored for Ryan White HIV/AIDS audiences, providers, and public health professionals who are interested in enhancing their capacity to better serve people with HIV and advance health equity for priority populations. 

Please contact the Health Equity team ( if you have any questions or want to learn more about CIE.

For more information, explore the Tip Sheets found here or download the overview document below.

CIE Subject Matter Expert Webinar Series Overview Document

Session Descriptions

Emergency Preparedness in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)   


  • Dani Lloyd, MPH, Consultant 
  • Christine Rodriguez, Senior Program Manager, AIDS United 
  • Justin Kunzelman, Executive Director, Rebel Recovery Florida 

The ongoing pandemic has made clear the need for emergency preparedness plans. This session discussed the critical nature of harm reduction work in an unpredictable and ever-changing environment. Panelists highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness in the harm reduction space and provided guidance and resources for developing an emergency preparedness plan of your own. View the webinar recording here.

Peer-led Best Practices to Improve Health Outcomes Among People with HIV Who Have Been Incarcerated

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)   


  • Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES, University of New Haven 
  • Alison O. Jordan, LCSW, ACOJA Consulting 
  • Arianne Watson, MA, Alliance for Positive Change  

The session highlighted the importance of using peers to improve health outcomes among people with HIV who have been incarcerated. Panelists described best practices in providing peer-led transitional care coordination and discussed the role of community-based organizations in building peer capacity in HIV programs. View the webinar recording here.

Overcoming Implicit Bias When Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Communities

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)   


  • Cecilia Gentili and Mateo Belen, Transgender Equity Consulting   

This webinar centered transgender and gender-nonconforming people in a discussion of stigma and implicit bias and how it can influence HIV care outcomes. Panelists discussed how stigma and implicit bias can cause and perpetuate harm and identify strategies to mitigate these factors. View the webinar recording here.

Unpacking the Intersections Between HIV and Opioid Use in Rural communities

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST) 


  • Shirley Torho, MPH, Consultant 

This webinar identified intersections between the HIV epidemic and opioid crises in rural communities across the United States. Panelists examined promising practices and how they can be leveraged to address HIV- and opioid-related health disparities in a rural context. The webinar also provided guidance around organizational readiness and capacity building to provide services at the cross-sections of HIV, opioid use, and other comorbidities.

Health eNav: Implementation of a Digital HIV Care Navigation Intervention (Telehealth)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST) 


  • Sean Arayasirikul, PhD, Consultant 

The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented need and opportunities for telehealth interventions and remote healthcare services. This presentation provided an overview of Health eNav, a text message-based care navigation intervention for young people living with HIV. The panelist also discussed strategies and lessons learned from implementing a digital HIV care navigation intervention.