There was a time when HIV was seemingly impossible to treat. Now, there are tools at our disposal that make HIV almost impossible to transmit, if we empower ourselves and use them. Impossible is attainable. At this year’s Empowerment, the goal is to Achieve Impossible together.

Friday, September 1, 2017, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

During Empowerment 2017: Achieve Impossible, presenters and attendees we will be celebrating the victories of near impossible HIV transmission for those successfully on treatment and the achievement of productive, healthy, and empowered lives, once thought to be impossible for those living with HIV.  Empowerment is an annual day-long conference that provides the latest HIV treatment information to our community with a focus on guiding treatment decisions and empowering individuals to participate in making those decisions.  In addition to individuals living with HIV, the conference also provides education to service providers including health care providers, case managers, health educators, patient navigators, and other allied health and behavioral health professionals. The program includes a plenary session, catered lunch, and twelve breakout sessions.

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This year’s conference sessions will include the following topics:

  • Overcoming obstacles
  • HIV Rapid Test and Treat
  • HIV & the Faith-Based Community
  • Renter’s Rights
  • Healthcare Advocacy & Policy
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Treatment to Undetectable
  • HIV Storytelling
  • PrEP
  • Transgender-affirming Healthcare
  • Social Security Application Basics
  • Financial Wellness

More information:

  • Convention Center Marriott 859 Convention Center Blvd, NOLA 70130
  • Parking will be available for a reduced rate of $10 at the conference hotel.
  • Reduced room rates of $119/night are available at the conference hotel from 8/31/2017- 9/2/2017. Please contact the Marriott at 1-888-364-1200 and ask for the “Empowerment group block” before 8/9/2017.
  • Free breakfast and lunch!
  • Social Work CEUs available for $10/CEU

Hydeia Broadbent

Speaker: Hydeia Broadbent

At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although her HIV condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until age three. The prognosis was that she would not live past the age of five. By 12 years old, Hydeia appeared on many national television programs including Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America, Weekly with Ed Gordon, and “A Conversation with Magic Johnson” on Nickelodeon. She has been featured in prominent publications to include; New York Times, People, Essence, Ebony, Health Quest, Sister 2 Sister, POZ, National Geographic, Real Health, Seventeen, and Heart & Soul. Hydeia also co-graced the cover of TV Guide. Hydeia has also taken part many of America’s talk radio programs including, The Michael Eric Dyson Show, Russ Parr Morning Show, and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. January 2014 The OWN Network (The Oprah Winfrey Network) featured Hydeia on “Oprah’s Where Are They Now”, to date Hydeia’s is one of the most requested updates by fans.

Now at the age of 31, Hydeia spends her time spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, by promoting abstinence, safe-sex practices for people who choose to have sex, and national HIV testing initiatives. Hydeia is a distinguished international, public speaker and HIV/AIDS activist with a mission to educate people of all ages. She has an innate ability to bond with any audience. When addressing the public about the issues of HIV/AIDS, her primary goal is to provide a clear understanding of how to avoid at-risk behaviors through self-examination and informed decision-making. She succinctly stated “…with all that we know about the virus, it is clear to me that contracting HIV/AIDS today is a choice and we can’t allow anyone the power to make that choice for us!”

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