A Panel Discussion on AIDS and HIV+: From the Healthcare Provider Perspective and the Perspective of Patients

Des Moines, IA US
December 1, 2017


There is no cost to attend.

Two attendance options:

  • Des Moines University - No registration necessary.
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Target Audience

Open to all interested healthcare professionals and the public. 

Speakers Panel

Melissa Brown
Polk County Health Department, Public Health Investigator

Ms. Brown’s role at PCHD is to follow up with provider and patient on positive reportable STDs in Polk County. For newly diagnosed HIV patients they talk about getting them into care and help facilitate those appointments. They talk about risk factors and what people they have had sex with or shared needles with that may need testing.  Melissa attempts to make contact with those people and get them in for testing as well. They also talk about the patient’s needs and what referrals she can make to help them out in other areas of their life. She tries to be a resource for them as they go through the process of adjusting to life with HIV.

Holly Hanson
Director of Ryan White Part B Program, Iowa Department of Public Health

Ms. Hanson is the Ryan White Part B Program Manager for the state of Iowa and has held this position over fourteen years. The Iowa Ryan White Part B program provides life-saving HIV drugs and support services for low-income Iowans living with HIV. Ms. Hanson received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Iowa and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Before coming to the Iowa Department of Public Health she was a therapist and outreach worker at Columbine Connections in Littleton, CO which was created after the shootings occurred at Columbine in 1999. Consequently, she has a particular passion for bringing trauma informed care to the HIV field in a meaningful way.

Mark J. Hillenbrand, MSW, LISW
Authentic Freedom Counseling Center, PLC

Mr. Hillenbrand earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Indiana University in 1988. He successfully completed his Masters of Social Work at the University of Iowa in 2006. Mr. Hillenbrand completed two years post-graduate training in psychotherapy and pastoral counseling in 2008. Mr. Hillenbrand is trained in counseling interventions designed to positively impact stress, life adjustments and marital issues as well as psychological concerns such as addictions, depression and anxiety. Mr. Hillenbrand specializes in assisting individuals to overcome the challenges associated with the diagnosis of traumatic illness. He has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families impacted by illnesses that include HIV/AIDS, Huntington's Disease and Hepatitis. Mr. Hillenbrand holds an independent clinical social worker license from the State of Iowa. Mr. Hillenbrand is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Phi Alpha National Honors Society. He has twice presented his work on traumatic illness and the development of the self at the National Conference on HIV/AIDS and Social Work.

Geoffrey Hills, DO
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

Dr. Hills is a psychiatrist who attended medical school at Des Moines University and residency at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  His practice includes treatment of adolescents and adults with mood problems, anxiety and thought disorders.  He has particular interest and experience working with the LGBTQ community and persons living with HIV. 

Gary Moore
Community Member

Mr. Moore was born in Des Moines, raised in Dubuque, and graduated from University of Dubuque in 1970.  He served in U.S. Army as an education specialist in Viet Nam earning the bronze star. Mr. Moore is an proud gay man and made a point of sharing his story to lessen prejudice and homophobia. He worked at Lutheran Hospital as a psychiatric/medical social worker, the State of Iowa in the DD field, was self-employed and for the past (30) years worked as bartender at the Blazing Saddle in the East Village. For 15 years Gary Co-Chaired the All Iowa AIDS Benefit. He has lived with HIV since 1986 most of which has been as undetectable positive. He is active with a number of gay organizations including as a Board Member of the state's largest breakfast club, the First Friday Breakfast Club, Prime Timers of Central Iowa, and served on numerous panels concerning gay issues.  He notes he continues in his coming out which started in 1968,  with a smile, noting one year before Stone Wall.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/01/2017 - 12:00pm CST
Event ends: 
12/01/2017 - 1:00pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Lecture Hall 2
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
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Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.

Accreditation Statement

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 1-A credit and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other Professionals: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the speakers have no financial conflicts with commercial interest companies to disclose. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON


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