2018 April Advocacy Convening

Managing the Maelstrom: Navigating Politics, HIV, HCV and Opioids

April 17 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Open Society Foundations, NY


Join Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA) for a two-part discussion on managing both the political and social challenges we face as funders of public health and social justice work today.

Where do we find ourselves now over a year into the Trump Administration? What is the status of the Federal budget and appropriations on domestic and global health and HIV? What policy threats are on the agenda? Our first panel will break down the budget and emerging Federal priorities and discuss where support for advocacy is needed the most, particularly within most impacted communities.

Building on the attention surrounding the recent release of the President’s “Opioid Plan,” the next panel will look for commonalities and opportunities in the response to the country’s colliding opioid, HIV and Hepatitis C epidemics – an unfortunate yet alarmingly perfect case study of a public health crisis. What did the 2015 HIV outbreak in Scott County Indiana show us? How are other local, regional and national service and advocacy stakeholders responding? How can new data tools – such as amfAR’s Opioid & Health Indicators database – help us make better informed decisions about our responses? What areas – such as advocacy and Full Service Partnerships (FSPs) – could be leveraged with increased philanthropic investment?

The final hour will feature a facilitated funder dialog to explore individual responses and opportunities to strengthen them through collaborative efforts.

This convening is sponsored by the FCAA Advocacy Network.

This will be a funder only event. Please note, teleconference and/or webinar capabilities will be offered for those funders who cannot attend in person, but registration is still required.


10:00 am        Registration and Coffee

11:00               Appropriations/advocacy update

  • Chris Collins, Friends of the Global Fight
  • Matthew Rose, NMAC
  • Chloe Cooney, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

12:00 pm        Lunch break

12:30               Colliding Epidemics: HIV, Hep C and Opioids

  • Asal Sayas, amfAR
  • Emily McCloskey, NASTAD
  • Johanne Morne, AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health
  • Daniel Raymond, Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Moderator: Greg Millet, amfAR

2:00                 Break

2:15                 Facilitated funder dialog

3:00                 Adjourn