13th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference

Comprehensive Approaches to Healthier Communities

Past Conferences

Previous Conference Themes

Each year the Circle of Harmony Planning Committee selects a theme that will set the tone for the conference.  Themes are chosen based on the issues and concerns that are at the forefront of STD/HIV/AIDS efforts.

  • 1999 – The first COH conference agenda examined the key factors that contribute to the sustainability of partnerships between communities.
  • 2000 – The conference focused on principles and best practices of community-partnerships led to a set of “principles of good partnerships” that many partnerships now use to guide their development.
  • 2001 – COH focused on the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to lead successful partnerships.
  • 2002 – COH delved into the policies that support or that hinder community-partnerships, and developed our participants’ advocacy skills.
  • 2003 – COH highlighted the many ways in which community-partnerships could advance national HIV prevention health objectives.
  • 2004 – COH focused on the partnership and its role as a leverage point for change.
  • 2005 – COH addressed how to take partnerships to a new level, how to achieve desired outcomes and how to sustain changes achieved.
  • 2006 – COH collaborated with a national organization, and agreed to postpone the conference until 2007, so that participants who would have attended the COH could attend “Embracing Our Traditions” conference that was held in Anchorage, Alaska, this was to offer a unique look at how partnerships between communities, health services and health professional were helping to overcome health disparities on a global level.
  • 2007 – COH strived to understand and demonstrate the meaning of “authentic” community-partnerships while addressing more evidence-based interventions within Indian Country.
  • 2009 – COH concentrated on healing practices and approaches of Indigenous people.  We celebrated the strength and wisdom of Native Tradition.
  • 2011 – COH focuses on future efforts but also recognizes that we are 30 years into this disease. We celebrate “New Decade, Different Generation, Same Disease: Our People, Our Future”
  • 2013 – COH focuses on upcoming changes in health policy and how it will impact HIV prevention, treatment, and services.  The theme for the 11th COH Conference is “Future Health Care and Policy – Empowerment Through Knowledge”.
  • 2015 - COH recognizes that in order for awareness, prevention, and care efforts for HIV to be sucessfull each respective communities must be involved at all levels.  The theme for the 12th COH Conference is "Honoring Community Engagement through Awareness, Prevention, and Care."
  • 2017 - COH is actively responding to the movement towards integration of prevention and services that is happening at the national level. The theme for the 13th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference is, "Comprehensive Approaches to Healthier Communities; Integration of STD, HIV, Hepatitis, & Harm Reducation Prevention and Services".