National African American MSM Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice
Call for Abstracts Now Open | Submit Your Workshop Today!

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NAESM, Inc. is pleased to announce our 18th annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice. The theme of the conference is Our Lives Matter: Turning the Tide Together.” We are looking forward to returning to an in-person conference at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel from January 13-16, 2022. For more information on the conference, please visit

Areas of focus for this year’s conference include Ending the STI Epidemic; Using the Arts to Heal & to Advocate; Ending the HIV Epidemic Updates & Strategies; Community Involved Research; Human Rights – Civil Rights for Black LGBTQ; Stigma & Isolation; and Covid-19: Past, Present and Future. Please join us as we work to “Turn the Tide” on HIV, STI, violence against people of transgender experience, racism, and social injustice!

The Call for Abstracts is open at and we are anticipating a wide array of innovative ideas, research, and captivating presentations to educate, inform, and through dialogue, find possible solutions to turn the tide to better health outcomes. Abstracts will be accepted as institutes, workshops, or poster presentations. Because there may be multiple submissions on a single topic, the review committee requests that presenters remain flexible. For example, multiple workshops on a single topic may be combined into an institute.

An Institute is an in-depth three-hour session (short break included) designed to build or increase skills. Institutes are encouraged to be interactive and creative. The difference between an institute and a workshop is that an institute allows extra time for in-depth exploration of a specific topic.

A workshop is either a 60-minute or a 90-minute session, with time allotted for questions and answers. It may be conducted by an individual, or multiple presenters. Presenters are encouraged to provide handouts for participants.

A poster presentation is a visual presentation that will be on display during the conference. Poster presentations will only be available for registered presenters whose posters were accepted and approved. Presenters must be present during assigned times at the conference to discuss their work with conference participants.

Early bird registration is now open until August 31, 2021. Register today and take advantage of the $299 conference fee at

Even as the lives of gay and bisexual black men are not siloed, so too must the approaches to ameliorating our lives be wholistic and integrated. Turning the Tide on HIV also means turning the tide on the social determinants of health that contextualize and influence HIV transmission and HIV health outcomes. This conference will provide an opportunity for gay and bisexual black men, their allies, and their providers to exchange information and strategies to address the full range of health disparities faced by gay and bisexual black men.

Please reach out to Doug Anthony at with any questions you may have.


Your health and wellness is our No. 1 priority. NAESM, Inc. and the National African American MSM Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice will follow or exceed Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines for indoor/outdoor events. To protect the health and safety of all attendees, we have instituted the following safety measures:

  • Attendees will require proof of vaccination – upload proof of vaccination card during the registration process (final shot received at least 14 days prior to the event)
  • Masking will be required of all attendees at all times when in the conference spaces.
  • Attendees who develop a fever or other symptoms consistent with COVID19 should exclude themselves from participating in in-person conference activities.
  • Attendees are subject to impromptu rapid-testing for COVID-19.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available and distributed to attendees.
  • Hotel staff will frequently and thoroughly clean all public areas throughout the conference period.

***All registrants for the conference are required to be vaccinated and face masks are always required. ***