Meeting Organizers


The mission of the Greater New York chapter of ANAC is to promote the individual and collective development of those involved in the delivery of health care to persons infected or affected by HIV and to promote the health and welfare of all HIV infected persons by:
  • Creating an effective network among nurses in AIDS care
  • Studying, researching, and exchanging of information, experiences, and ideas leading to improved care for persons living with HIV/AIDS
  • Providing leadership to the nursing community in matters related to HIV/AIDS
  • Advocating for person s with HIV
  • Promoting social awareness concerning issues related to HIV
Inherent in these goals is the abiding commitment to the prevention of further HIV infection.


CAI uses the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate and equitable world. Working in numerous health and social service areas, CAI tackles the toughest health and social issues that confront low-income communities and underserved populations. We work as trusted partners with numerous client agencies to foster and inspire change that improves the health and well-being of vulnerable communities.

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CBA Center

CAI, through the CDC’s High Impact HIV Prevention Project, provides capacity building assistance (CBA) related to high-impact HIV prevention for healthcare organizations (HCOs). The project focuses on: 
  • HIV testing
  • Prevention with HIV-positive persons
  • Prevention with high-risk negatives individuals
CAI works with healthcare organizations nationwide to enhance the integration of High Impact HIV Prevention strategies.

Clinical Education Initiative (CEI)

The New York State (NYS) Department of Health AIDS Institute Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) is designed to enhance the capacity of New York's diverse health care workforce to deliver clinical services to improve health outcomes related to HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and hepatitis C (HCV). The aims of the CEI are fourfold:
  • provide progressive HIV, HCV and STD education to clinicians
  • disseminate AIDS Institute clinical practice guidelines
  • expand the base of providers able to diagnose and care for HIV, HCV and STD patients
  • foster partnerships between community-based providers and HIV, HCV and STD specialists
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The Mount Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine is one of the CEI’s three Centers of Excellence–HIV/HCV Center of Excellence. Learn more about the Institute for Advanced Medicine at

Planning Committee

  • Deborah Batson, RN, MA
  • Katy Bernock, FNP
  • Laurene Clark, RN, BSN, ACRN
  • Carol Cohen, RN, BS, ACRN
  • Michele Crespo-Fierro, RN, PhD, MS/MPH, ACRN
  • Mary Crymes, RN-C, ACRN
  • Leslie Herman, MSPH
  • Melanie Steilen, RN, BSN, ACRN
  • Felicity Tsikiwa, RN, BA, ACRN
  • Remal Valentine-Miles, RN, BSN