Unity 2020



Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Unity will provide current evidence-based and best practices for HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis prevention and care. Through motivational presenters, skill building sessions, and networking opportunities, attendees will strengthen their ability to serve their communities while being rejuvenated and reinvigorated to continue their vital work.

March 17, 2020

Registration will begin at 9:30 am on Tuesday with the first session starting at 10:30 am. There will be three plenary sessions and one round of breakouts. Closing remarks will begin at 5:00 pm.

Topics for the day:

  • Stigma, Discrimination, and Racial Microaggressions in Healthcare Settings
  • Transgender Health
  • National Viral Hepatitis Updates
  • LGBTQ+ Competent Care
  • Grant Management, Expanding Programs, and Fundraising

Unity Networking Reception

Please join us on Tuesday, March 17 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. This semi-formal reception will be a great time to reconnect with individuals in the field and to build new relationships.

March 18, 2020

Registration begins at 7:00 am Wednesday; the first session starts at 8:00 am. There will be three plenary sessions with two rounds of breakouts. Closing remarks will begin at 4:00 pm.

Topics for Wednesday include:

  • Internet Services/Partner Notification
  • Disseminated Gonococcal Infection
  • Harm Reduction and Law Enforcement
  • Indiana's Continuum of Care Program
  • Building Strategic Partnerships
  • Sexual Health and Adolescents
  • Latinx and Substance Use Disorders: Disparities and Health Equity
  • Indiana Peer Education Program

Plenary Speakers

Bruce Richman, J.D. Ed. M

Founding Executive Director, Prevention Access Campaign

Unpacking U=U: The Message and the Movement

Tori Cooper
Director of Community Engagement, Human Rights Campaign
Plenary & Breakout Session

David Harvey, MSW

Executive Director, National Coalition of STD Directors

Updates from NCSD

Amy Killelea

Senior Director of Health Systems & Policy, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
Updates from NASTAD

Kathie Hiers

Chief Executive Officer, AIDS Alabama

Ending the HIV Epidemic - The Plan Must Address Structural Barriers

Dr. Bryce Furness, MD, MPH, FACPM
Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Washington, DC Department of Health

Update on Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States

Dominique Morgan

Executive Director, Black and Pink

A Call to Action

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Registration open through 3/4/2020 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Registration Fees

The fee for attending this event will be $30.00.


This fee includes breakfast on Wednesday and lunch on both days of the event.


If your agency receives funding from the Indiana State Department of Health, you are able to charge your agency's travel budget for the registration fee and travel expenses. If you live over 50 miles from Indianapolis, receive funding from ISDH, and you plan to attend both days, you are qualified to receive overnight accommodations the evening of March 17th. Eligibility will be determined via the registration form, and if allowed, HCET will reserve your room for you. Please contact your designated ISDH representative for any questions or concerns.


If your agency does not receive funding from the Indiana State Department of Health, and you need assistance attending the conference, please complete this sponsorship form. If you have any questions or concerns, please email bheinbaugh@hcet.org for more information.

Event Location

Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station

123 West Louisiana Street

Indianapolis, Indiana 46225



- The hotel offers Valet Parking with in/out privileges. The overnight rate is $42.

- Pan Am Plaza self-park garage is adjacent to the hotel's front drive (not operated by hotel). Daily rate: $28.




Nursing Contact Hours

A total of 6.0 nursing contact hours are available for this event.

Actual contact hours awarded will depend on the sessions attended. Contact hours are given only to participants who attend sessions in their entirety and submit an evaluation at the end of the event. Health Care Education and Training is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)


HIV Care Coordinators, Disease Intervention Specialists, HIV Counselors and Testers, Local Health Departments, STD Clinics, Medical Case Managers, Infectious Disease Providers, and Public Health Professionals

Support By

Indiana State Department of Health Division of HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis

About Us

HCET's mission is to provide comprehensive program development, education, and training to improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes.