Be A Part of the Excitement at the 19th Annual
NAESM National African American Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice
June 7-11, 2023

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NAESM will hold its 19th annual National African American Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice at The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta in downtown Atlanta on June 7-11, 2023. NAESM is grateful for the partnership of the LGBTQ Institute of National Center for Civil and Human Rights in the year’s conference. NAESM is also grateful for the partnership of the HISTORI Scientific Congress. Housed at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University, the HIV Implementation Science to Optimize Research Impact (HISTORI) Scientific Congress aims to help Black communities in the United States end the HIV epidemic by providing an inclusive, self-directed platform for Black investigators to connect, learn and engage in collective advocacy. Our partnership with these two important institutions will add to the richness of the offerings available at this year’s conference.

This year’s conference is also supported by a host of sponsors, including Gilead Sciences, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, HIV Vaccine Trials Network, Positive Impact Health Centers, HIV Prevention Trials Network, Johnson & Johnson, Human Rights Campaign, ViiV Healthcare, AIDS United and Pride Net. The conference theme “All Hands-on Deck: Deploying a Syndemic Response to HIV” promises to be provocatively educational as Black gay, bisexual, queer, and same gender loving professionals and our allies convene to strategize solutions for ending the HIV epidemic.

To view the exciting lineup of workshops curated for this year’s conference, please click on the following link: Mental Health; Religion and HIV; Ending the HIV Epidemic; Mpox and HIV; Ballroom; PrEP; Barbershop Conversations; Housing is Justice, Housing is Health; Holistic Wellness; and Health Equity are just a sample of the thirty plus topics covered by the conference’s workshops, institutes and plenaries.

The Conference Exhibit Hall opens officially on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., kicked-off by performances from the NAESM Prevention Team including a performance by the NAESM Dance Troupe. You also don’t want to miss our Thursday evening conference opening reception sponsored by the LGBTQ Institute of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and catered by Wolfgang Puck. Participants and Atlanta locals will come together on the afternoon of Friday, June 9 to celebrate Black LGBTQ Pride at Pride Fest by NAESM—a block party that will be held at the Loudermilk Conference Center in downtown Atlanta, near to the host hotel. Registration for the conference can be accessed at

Opportunities still exist for advertising in the conference program booklet and for exhibiting at the conference and at Pride Fest by NAESM. For details, please reach out to our conference planner, Doug Anthony, at