Equitas Health is proud to announce the 12th Annual Positive Youth Leadership Summit (PYLS), May 10th-12th, 2018. PYLS is designed to prepare and empower young adults (18-29) living with HIV across the state of Ohio and the Midwest to effectively advocate for themselves and their communities by providing them with the opportunity to develop professional and personal leadership skills.

We are currently accepting abstract proposals for conference workshops. If you or your agency are interested in becoming a financial sponsor or community partner please email darylgriffith@equitashealth.com

Submission deadline is Friday, March 23, 2018.


Health and social service providers, researchers, academics, students, activists, policy makers, community members, and anyone with an interest in improving health for youth living with HIV/AIDS.


Abstracts may vary in length but will range between 45 minutes to an hour. New as well as traditional topics are sought, and innovative approaches are encouraged.


Summit participants are between the ages of 18-29 and come from Ohio and surrounding states.


The learning objectives of the conference are as follows:

  1. Describe the specific skills required for the provision of culturally competent care to the LGBTQ and PLWH Community.
  2. Explain specific barriers to care experienced by the LGBTQ and PLWH Community.
  3. Identify current regional and national approaches to HIV care and prevention.
  4. Explain the concept of intersectionality as it relates to LGBTQ communities and People Living with HIV.

Presentations should be interactive, engaging, and relevant to the learning objectives of this conference. All presentations must include measurable learning objectives. Community based presenters are encouraged to submit.


Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups. We welcome proposals related, but not limited to:

  • Advocacy
  • Engaging Youth and Fostering Leadership
  • HIV Criminalization
  • Serodiscordant Relationships
  • HIV and Co-Infections
  • Intersectionality of HIV
  • Evolution of Treatment
  • Consumer Rights and Responsibilities

The Planning Committee is open to submissions that do not fall under the established tracks.


Email Daryl at darylgriffith@equitashealth.com