CLAS Series Part 1: Older people (50+) living with or affected by HIV & SUD

1:00pm - January 25, 2022 thru 2:30pm - January 25, 2022 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Central East ATTC
Registration Deadline: January 25, 2022
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The National Cultural and Linguistic Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for individuals as well as health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

This webinar will discuss how health care organizations need to ensure that awareness, adoption, and implementation of the National CLAS Standards are incorporated to have a more inclusive definition of culture in order to better serve the aging population who are living with or affected by HIV & SUD.


  • Define CLAS and its correlation to health equity and inclusion in participants’ work.
  • Identify how cultural, behavioral, and health system factors converge and contribute to unequal access and differential care in HIV & SUD.
  • Recognize the change of the Epidemic and its impact on Aging with HIV
  • Recognize the burden of Co-morbid conditions in the Aging with HIV populations.
  • Discuss methods of Care Delivery systems to meet the needs of the aging HIV population, implement strategies for long term viral suppression, and ensuring uninterrupted access to ART and SUD services.


Jacquieline Coleman headshot

Jacqueline Coleman, MEd, MSM, CPC, CLC, is a certified professional coach with extensive experience as a senior program manager. Jacqueline has expertise in workforce development, organizational development, and contract management. She is a cultivator and trainer of professionals in multiple sectors. Jacqueline provides strategic consultation on LEADERVATION (gender-tailored programs, equity and diversity initiatives, and systems change processes).



Michelle Lopez headshot

Michelle Lopez, CASAC, BA, is the Healthy Aging Specialist at GMHC and serves the HIV Positive LGBT client population. Her services include individual mental health and substance use screenings, brief interventions and referrals. Educational workshops relevant to the health of Aging LGBT clients with HIV including physical, dental and mental health. When needed, Michelle serves as a buddy. Ms. Lopez has implemented HIV care and services at a private primary care facility under the Medical Practice of Brooklyn Family Medical Center. Michelle integrated HIV testing, medical care and access to ART for all diagnosed Positive or at risk for HIV providing access to PrEP and PEP services. Michelle served as The Sexual health Educator for Seniors diagnosed HIV Positive or identified as at Risk with the over fifty population. Michelle is known throughout the United States as a tireless advocate.

All CLAS 2022 webinars

January 25, 2022 — Older people (50+) living with or affected by HIV & SUD

March 31, 2022 Serving Transgendered population/Gender Non-Conforming Individuals

May 26, 2022 Providing Care to Women living with SUD

July 28, 2022 The Complexities of Healthcare and Wellness for Men Who Have Sex with Men

August 25, 2022 Providing Care to Young Adults/Adolescents