The Center for Community Practice, as the Sexual Health Center of Excellence with the New York State (NYS) Clinical Education Initiative (CEI), hosted its Annual Sexual Health Conference earlier this year, and kicked off the first of several CEI virtual conferences. The annual conference occurs each year in June throughout different regions of the state, and features relevant sexual health and STD topics for clinicians. This year’s conference was slated to be held in the Hudson Valley; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was turned into a virtual conference for the first time.
The conference theme was called, “Picture This! Imagine Sexual Health Equity,” and was held from June 8-12, 2020. The week-long event included presentations, town hall meetings, interactive workshops and virtual exhibits that were packed with prominent speakers, as well as attendees all throughout NYS.
CCP conference organizers also utilized a mobile app during the week-long event. The app allowed attendees to connect with others via a chat feature, view the daily agenda, watch sexual health-related videos that were created for the event, and access information about conference exhibitors. Attendees also had the opportunity to win real prizes for participating in the daily mobile STI challenge questions.Johanne Morne, director of the AIDS Institute, delivered the keynote presentation titled, “ETE, Sexual Health, and COVID-19 – Can we see a path forward?” where she discussed the implications of the current pandemic on the state of the STI field. Other topics included tricky cases related to syphilis, HIV/STI self-testing, panel discussions on gender health topics, and more. The conference kicked off the sexual health equity theme—under which more CEI sexual health trainings will be offered. Presentation schedules and recordings are available on the ceitraining.org website.