New York State Department of Health Announces 7th Annual Ending the Epidemic Summit

This year's ETE theme is entitled, "Collaborating for Change: Partnering for Health Equity"

Ending the Epidemic Summit and World AIDS Day Details HERE

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 29, 2022) – To coincide with World AIDS Day on December 1, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) today announced that New York's seventh annual Ending the Epidemic (ETE) Summit will be held virtually on November 29 and 30, 2022.

"This year's Ending the Epidemic Summit is a time to remember the lives lost to HIV and AIDS," State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. "Decades of research, education, and advancements in treatment are saving lives every day. As we turn toward the future, we must recognize the challenges we still face, and the work that still must be done to finally end the epidemic."

This year's ETE theme: "Collaborating for Change: Partnering for Health Equity." Events will showcase the work that's been done by the Department, providers, and community partners statewide.

"Ensuring access to quality, culturally responsive care is paramount to ensuring that individuals diagnosed with HIV can continue to live long, healthy lives," Office of Health Equity and Human Rights Deputy Commissioner Johanne Morne said. "Prioritizing access to social determinants of health, the key factors that influence health outcomes, and addressing the persistent disparities in diagnoses, are both necessary to end the HIV epidemic. I look forward to continuing this mission with the support of Commissioner Bassett, Governor Hochul, and our community partners – all who remain committed to ending the epidemic."

2022 Ending the Epidemic Summit features:

  • A presentation, followed by Q&A, from Acting Director, AIDS Institute, Joseph Kerwin, and Dr. Sarah Braunstein, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Hepatitis, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections, NYCDOHMH. Together, they will describe progress made towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the context of COVID-19 challenges.
  • A special keynote address from Harold Phillips, Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy, with opening from Chanel Lopez, Deputy Director, LGBTQ Affairs, NYS Governor's Office.
  • 12 Workshops, three plenaries, and over 40 posters highlighting the many important stories, key accomplishments, and lessons learned while achieving ETE goals –despite the many challenges presented during 2020 and 2021– showcasing efforts to address persisting health inequities.

In 2019, New York State bent the curve on the HIV epidemic, reversing the decades-long increase in the number of people diagnosed with HIV in New York, due in large part to the historic State response over the last few decades.

During last year's summit, Governor Hochul and Commissioner Bassett recommitted New York State to ending the epidemic by 2024, along with a continued commitment to prioritizing health equity.

More information about Ending the Epidemic, and World AIDS Day virtual events are available here.