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HIV/AIDs and the Aging community

About this training: This webinar will provide health center professionals with a better appreciation for the epidemiology of the ever increasing numbers of people 50+ infected with HIV, response on local, regional and national level to these issues;  including the AIDS services community, and local and federal government, and specific treatment recommendations for the 50+ HIV infected population in the United States.

Description: According to the CDC, HIV diagnoses among those over 50 are on the rise, and the proportion of people living with AIDS in that age group is now more than double that of people under age 24. Yet there are almost no HIV prevention programs targeted at older adults, and health care providers do not generally talk to their older patients about HIV/AIDS risks. Community health center providers will:

  • Get the facts about HIV/AIDS and older adults.
  • What makes older adults different?Learn key steps to take to prevent HIV/AIDS in older adults.
  • Break down the barriers that prevent healthcare providers from recognizing and treating older adults living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Identify policy opportunities to seek funding for services, outreach, training and research on issues of concern to older HIV-positive older adults.


Kelly D. Horton, MS, RD is the Policy Director within the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Center for Healthy Aging (CHA) based in Washington, D.C.  She develops, leads, and coordinates the Center’s policy work.  Prior to joining NCOA, Kelly was a Health & Aging Policy/American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s office and within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Kelly has extensive experience and training in HIV/AIDS nutrition and older adults. From 2007 to 2008, Kelly was Chicken Soup Brigade’s Nutrition Services Manager at Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle, WA. She oversaw the daily operation of Chicken Soup Brigade’s nutrition services department including training and supervising nutrition services staff providing care to people living with HIV and AIDS. She also worked on HIV/AIDS nutrition program planning, monitoring and evaluation in Bangladesh and South Africa. Early in her career, Kelly completed training in counseling for HIV/AIDS and alcohol addiction.

Kelly earned her master of science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy while at the same time completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Simmons College in Boston. Prior to graduate school she completed post-bachelorette studies in Life Sciences at Bastyr University. Kelly received her bachelor of science in business management.

Greg Case is currently Director of the Office of Home and Community-Based Services at the U.S. Administration on Aging.  In that capacity he and his staff support State and Area Agencies on Aging and local aging providers in the design and implementation of supports and services designed to facilitate aging in place.  In addition Greg serves as the lead for activities related to housing with supportive services,  the Community Innovations for Aging in Place (CIAIP) initiative, the National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment, HIV/AIDS and the National Technical Assistance Resource Center for LGBT Elders.

Greg has worked in the field of aging for over 30 years and has a Master of Arts degree in Human Development from the University of Illinois.

Ken South’s experience with the AIDS epidemic include his work as the first executive director of AID Atlanta, the AIDS National Interfaith Network, AIDS Action, the AIDS Institute of KOBA Associates, the President’s Commission on the AIDS Epidemic, and his current position as the Director of Credentialing Programs of the American Academy of HIV Medicine.  Experience in the aging world include his time as co-founder of Bushnell Congregate Homes, aging coordinator at the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and co-authorship in 2001 of “Outing Age: Public Policy Issues for GLBT Elders.” He coordinated for the American Academy of HIV Medicine, its recent publication, The HIV and Aging Consensus Project: Recommended Treatment Strategies for Clinicians Managing Older Patients with HIV. He served on the boards of the LGBT Aging Issues Network of the American Society on Aging, SAGE Metro-DC and the advisory committee of Senior Health Resources of DC.

Aaron Tax currently serves as the Director of Federal Government Relations for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), where he advocates for LGBT-inclusive federal aging policies that account for the unique needs of LGBT older adults. Until June 2011, Aaron Tax served as the Legal Director at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the leading organization challenging “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) in Congress and in the courts. He began as a staff attorney in 2006, and for nearly five years at SLDN, he took part in a multifaceted approach to advancing the civil rights of LGBT service members through law, policy, outreach, and education. As the Legal Director, Aaron was responsible for running the legal services program at SLDN, the only organization providing free legal services to service members impacted by DADT and related forms of discrimination, including those who are HIV positive and/or transgender. Prior to joining SLDN, Aaron spent three years working for the Department of the Army in the Office of EEO and Civil Rights, the first two years as a Presidential Management Fellow.  As a PMF, he worked for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany, and served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  A graduate of Cornell University and the George Washington University Law School, he currently resides in Washington, DC.