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Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
Dorland Health Case in Point Interview

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

2014 Conference

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work conducted the 26th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS during May 22-25 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. The theme of the conference was "New Practice Approaches…For a New Era in HIV/AIDS Care."

Over 500 HIV social workers from across the country and abroad attended the conference. There were over 100 presentations in various conference formats such as general sessions, brief reports, posters, individual workshops, and conversations about best practices. We once again offered the very popular 12-hour Medical Case Management Institute, developed and taught by colleagues from Diverse Management Solutions in Denver, Colorado.

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

2014 HIV/AIDS Conference Brochure and Registration Form (PDF)

2014 HIV/AIDS Conference Agenda and Presentation Abstracts (PDF)

2015 Conference

The 2015 conference will be held during May 21-24, 2015. Check back in Fall 2014 for more information.

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 120 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, the Massachusetts Chapter: National Association of Social Workers, 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.