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Boston College School of Social Work
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Update on HIV/AIDS
Vincent Lynch, MSW, Ph.D, spoke with Dorland Health about the state of HIV/AIDS today and about a new resource that can assist with resource management. Dr. Lynch founded the Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS in 1988 and is Director of Continuing Education at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

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Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS

2015 Conference

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work will conduct the 27th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS during May 21-24 2015, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The theme of the conference is "Staying Relevant in an Era of Great Change — Challenges and Opportunities for HIV/AIDS Social Work."

Over 500 HIV social workers from across the country and abroad are expected. There will be over 100 presentations in various conference formats such as general sessions, brief reports, posters, individual workshops, and conversations about best practices. We will offer again the very popular 12-hour Medical Case Management Institute, developed and taught by Melinda Marasch of Denver, Colorado.

Several "meet and greet" events and receptions will be held for networking with colleagues. The Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS will also host some events. The conference will award 25.5 social work CEUs (continuing education units).

2015 HIV/AIDS Conference Brochure and Registration Form (PDF) 

Register for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Conference

View the archived material from last year's 2014 HIV/AIDS Conference (PDF)

Contact the conference chair, Dr. Vincent Lynch, at if you have questions or wish to be added to the mailing list.

About the HIV/AIDS Annual National Conference

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work founded the Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS in 1988. This four-day conference, under the direction of Director of Continuing Education, Dr. Vincent Lynch, has been held on an annual basis since 1989. Each year the event draws more than 500 AIDS-care social workers from across the country and from many nations abroad. The conference continues to be the only one of its type; that is, a national conference organized by and for AIDS-care social workers. The conference is held in a different city of the country each year, and its location rotates between four regions of the U.S. (Eastern, Western, Midwestern, Southern states).

More than 100 conference presentations on AIDS social work service delivery are given each year in different formats, the vast majority of which are contributed by social workers involved in AIDS-care at hospitals, clinics, universities, AIDS service organizations, community-based organizations, and social agencies. Four books on AIDS social work have been published from the proceedings from several past conferences. The conference also offers many networking and social events.

The School has obtained over $1 million in contracts and grants from governmental and corporate sources to expand the offerings of the conference over the years. A partial list of funders includes: HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Gilead Sciences, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Mental Health, GlaxoSmithKline, and Agouron Pharmaceuticals. The School has also received awards for the conference's contributions from the Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Social Workers — Massachusetts Chapter, and Harlem United Community AIDS Center, New York City.

For additional information about the conference, contact Dr. Vincent Lynch, Director of Continuing Education, at or 617-552-4038.