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2018 Saving Ourselves Symposium Sponsors


About Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS)

The Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS), hosted by The Red Door Foundation, addresses the health and wellness of the Black LGBTQ community in the South, focusing on HIV and other health disparities.  

(SOS), is an annual conference designed to provide cutting edge research, promising practices, and HIV/AIDS behavior change techniques in efforts to educate, encourage, and empower the Black LGBTQ community. Started in 2013, SOS is a one-of-a-kind conference that has provided first-hand information to service providers and service users working within and throughout the Black LGBTQ community.


Register

The 2018 Saving Ourselves Symposium is slated for June 6 - 10, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel.  This meeting is a collaboration between community-based organizations (CBOs), health departments (HDs), national organizations and The Red Door Foundation, Inc.  Registration is now open.

 

Continuing Education Credit

The Red Door Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce a collaborative partnership with the Alabama AIDS Education and Training Center at Medical Advocacy and Outreach to provide continuing education (CE) credits.

Medical Advocacy and Outreach is an approved Continuing Education Provider with the Alabama Board of Social Worker Examiners, Provider No. 0134.

If you wish to be awarded contact hours for your attendance, please visit the Alabama AETC table at SOS located beside the registration table where MAO staff can assist you. For CE related questions prior to the event, please contact Melissa Carden at 334-239-7432 or MCarden@maoi.org.  


Conference Booklet

Download the 6th Annual Saving Ourselves Symposium conference booklet.  


Our Venue

Saving Ourselves Symposium 2018 (SOS) will be held Sheraton Birmingham which is the official conference hotel. Please click here for reservations.  

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North,

Birmingham, AL, 35203, United States

Phone: 205-324-5000  Hotel Reservations: 888-627-7095

 

Reservations can be made by calling 888-627-7095 and requesting the group name “The Red Door Foundationor online.  The hotel cut-off date to receive the conference rate is June 1, 2018 or until available. After this date, there is no guarantee the conference rate will be available. All reservations are subject to state and local taxes and will require a first night’s deposit paid with a major credit card at the time of the reservation

Hotel Rates

Single/Double: $139.00

Conference Discounts:

Parking: $6.00

Airport Complimentary Shuttle

WiFI available in guest room

Parking: $6.00

Over Flow Hotel

The overflow hotel for this year's SOS is the Westin Birmingham, 2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N, Birmingham, AL 35203.  The rate offered is $199.00.   Click here to book.

Register

The 2018 Saving Ourselves Symposium is slated for June 6 - 10, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel.  This meeting is a collaboration between community-based organizations (CBOs), health departments (HDs), national organizations and The Red Door Foundation, Inc.  Registration is now open.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration (December 1- January 31, 2018) - $60.00

Regular Registration (February 1- May 31, 2018) - $75.00

Beginning June 1, 2018 (and onsite registration) - $150.00

Red Gala Ticket Cost

Early Bird Ticket (December 1 - January 31, 2018) - $50.00

Regular Ticket (February 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018) - $75.00

June 1 (and onsite) - $100.00

Conference Attire

June 6, 7, 8 and 10 - Tribal and/or Message T-Shirts

June 9 - Conference T-Shirt; Red Gala - Formal Attire with African Accents

Conference Goals

  • Create a safe space to openly and candidly discuss health and wellness concerns within the Black LGBTQ community

  • Provide updated and time-sensitive information regarding the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the Black LGBTQ community

  • Provide collaborative opportunities for service providers and service users to strategically identify steps to decrease HIV/AIDS outcomes among Black LGBTQ individuals living in the South

  • Improve the linkage and retention-in-care treatment outcomes for Black LGBTQ individuals living with HIV in the South

  • Recognize that HIV is a social justice issue that involve issues such as mass incarnation, poverty, racism  and housing- just  to name a few.

Abstracts

The planning committee for the 2018 Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS) welcomes the submission of abstracts.  Abstracts can be submitted hereABSTRACTS ARE NOW CLOSED!

Abstract submissions can be submitted under one focus area:

  • Social Justice
  • HIV and other Health Disparities 
  • Clinical, Research and Public Education
  • Community Mobilization and Culture

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Full descriptions can be found here

Room rates are quoted exclusive of state/local taxes and fees, currently 11% and $.75 per occupied room, per day.

 



Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration (December 1- January 31, 2018) - $60.00

Regular Registration (February 1- May 31, 2018) - $100.00

Beginning June 1, 2018 (and onsite registration) - $150.00

Red Gala Ticket Cost

Early Bird Ticket (December 1 - January 31, 2018) - $50.00

Regular Ticket (February 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018) - $75.00

June 1 (and onsite) - $100.00

Scholarships

Scholarships will prioritize those living with HIV and those that identify as Black LGBTQ.  Geographic diversity will be important, with a special focus on the South and regions where HIV disproportionately impacts people of color.

If awarded, Scholarship  recipients will be required to register for confirmation with payment. The conference will then purchase coach class tickets via air, train or bus. Scholarship recipients must live at least 50 miles outside of the Birmingham city boundaries in order to be eligible for a travel scholarship.

Scholarship application can be completed online.  Deadline: February 28, 2018


 

METHOD OF PAYMENT

The conference accepts checks and money orders made payable to The Red Door Foundation, Inc., as well as the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover. Registration will only be accepted with payments.

OTHER METHODS OF PAYMENT

If paying by any method other than credit card, please submit checks/purchase orders via the print-friendly registration form here. If you have additional questions contact us at conferences@trdfoundation.com or by mail to:

CONFERENCE REGISTRAR

The Red Door Foundation, Inc.

1650 Madison Ave, Suite 600

Memphis, TN 38104


Demographic Information

The confidentiality of contact and demographic details provided on this form – including name, mailing address, zip code, telephone number, gender, and HIV status cannot be guaranteed. The registration and scholarship selection processes often require that information provided on forms be shared with TRDF Staff, program partners and corporate sponsors.


Cancelation and Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued.


Sponsorship

Please download the 2018 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packet.  If you would like to sponsor, complete this form.  

Exhibitors 

You can apply to be an exhibitor here

 

2018 Saving Ourselves Symposium Sponsors