General Information

The Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference will be hosted October 11-13, 2022, in Sevilla. Organized by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Fast-Track Cities Institute, Stop TB Partnership, and World Hepatitis Alliance, the conference will take place in a hybrid format both virtually and in-person at the Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento.

Eight years since the launch of the Fast-Track Cities network, more than 380 cities and municipalities have signed the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, these cities and municipalities continue to accelerate their urban responses to HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and viral hepatitis. They are also engaged in efforts to eliminate inequity, social marginalization, and stigma as part of a broader social transformation agenda to make cities and municipalities inclusive, resilient, and sustainable.

The Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference’s aim is to highlight successes achieved across the Fast-Track Cities network, address cross-cutting challenges faced by local stakeholders, and share best practices in accelerating urban HIV, TB, HBV, and HCV responses. Building upon the successes of the past three global gatherings of the Fast-Track Cities network, this year’s conference will provide space for interactive dialogue to support a network of “connected cities,” facilitating the collaborative development of innovative approaches to attaining the goals, objectives, and targets to which all Fast-Track Cities are committed.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference program will comprise a combination of plenary sessions, panel discussions, city/municipal case studies, oral and e-poster sessions, and skills-building workshops. In partnership with the Stop TB Partnership and the World Hepatitis Alliance, the conference will feature a wide range of topics related to ending the HIV and TB epidemics and eliminating HBV and HCV. Moreover, in collaboration with the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), the conference program will also include a satellite symposium focused on building equitable, healthier cities and municipalities for sustainable development. Additionally, through a joint initiative with the Mayor of Sevilla and Spain’s Ministry of Health, the conference will include a high-level panel focused on the theme of “Realizing the Right to Health for Migrant Populations.”

The conference program may be viewed in the “Schedule” tab above, or you can click here to view a PDF version of the conference program.

KEY DATES

Following are key dates related to the Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference:

  • Standard Registration Deadline – September 30, 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline – June 30, 2022
  • Abstract Disposition Announcements – August 19, 2022
  • Cancellation Deadline (with $75 penalty) – September 9, 2022

 

REGISTRATION

 Registration Type Fees
High-Income Country $250
Low-/Middle-Income Country $150

*Check this list to determine which registration type is appropriate based on your country of residence.

Registration fees are listed in US Dollars. Any registrations that occur after the standard registration deadline, on September 30, 2022, will be increased by $100.

Registration includes:

  • Participation in all conference events, including pre-conference
  • Conference bag and printed materials for onsite attendees
  • Access to the Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference app
  • Refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks
  • Fast-Track Cities 2022 e-newsletter prior to and during the conference

EXHIBITOR AND SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

Last year, the Fast-Track Cities 2021 conference held in Lisbon, Portugal, attracted more than 400 in-person attendees. The Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference will offer an opportunity to meet in-person with elected officials, public health department representatives, clinical and service providers, urban health experts, and civil society advocates from current and prospective Fast-Track Cities. There are a limited number of exhibitor and symposia spaces and sponsorship opportunities available for this conference. The Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference sponsorship prospectus will be forthcoming.

COMMERCIAL SPONSORS

The Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference is made possible through commercial sponsorships and educational grants from AbbVie, Gilead Sciences, Merck Sharp & Dohme, and ViiV Healthcare. Additional sponsorship and grant applications are pending.

Schedule

Tuesday, 11 October 2022

TimeSession
09:30-09:45Conference Welcome
09:45-11:15Opening Panel
Leading United: Re-Embracing the Fast-Track Cities Commitment to Solidarity
11:15-12:45Panel Session 1
Towards 2030: Defining the Calculus of Success for Ending Urban HIV Epidemics
12:45-13:00Break
13:00-14:30Sponsored Lunch
14:30-14:45Break
14:45-16:45High-Level Panel
Health for All: Realizing the Human Right to Health for Migrant Populations
16:45-17:00Break
17:00-18:00Plenary Session 1
Promoting a Continuum of Care and Social Services for LGBTQ+ People
17:00-18:00Plenary Session 2
Improving Health Service Provisions for Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons
17:00-18:00Plenary Session 3
Prioritizing Food and Housing Security in the Context of Holistic Urban Health
18:00Adjourn

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

TimeSession
09:00-10:15Panel Session 2
Momentum Lost: Re-Energizing Urban and Peri-Urban Tuberculosis Responses
10:15-11:30Panel Session 3
Course Correction: Mapping a Path Towards Achieving Urban HCV Elimination
11:30-11:45Break
11:45-12:45Plenary Session 4
Implementing Policy Best Practices to Improve Health and Social Equity
11:45-12:45Plenary Session 5
Juggling Health Financing to Achieve the Health-Related SDGs and Health for All
11:45-12:45Plenary Session 6
Scaling Up Digital and Technology Innovations as Healthcare Enablers
12:45-13:00Break
13:00-14:30Sponsored Lunch
14:30-14:45Break
14:45-16:15City Case Study Session 1 (Africa 1)
14:45-16:15City Case Study Session 2 (Asia-Pacific)
14:45-16:15City Case Study Session 3 (Europe)
16:15-16:30Break
16:30-17:30Oral Abstract Session1
16:30-17:30Oral Abstract Session2
16:30-17:30Oral Abstract Session 3
17:30Adjourn

Thursday, 13 October 2022

TimeSession
09:00-10:00Community Colloquium
Al Centro: Defining the Centrality of Affected Communities in Urban HIV Responses
10:00-11:15Panel Session 4
Common Vision: Advancing Social Cohesion and Health Equity in Fast-Track Cities
11:15-11:30Break
11:30-12:45City Case Study Session 4 (Africa 2)
11:30-12:45City Case Study Session 5 (Latin America/Caribbean
11:30-12:45City Case Study Session 6 (North America)
12:45-13:00Break
13:00-14:30Sponsored Lunch
14:30-14:45Break
14:45-15:45Oral Abstract Session 4
14:45-15:45Oral Abstract Session 5
14:45-15:45Oral Abstract Session 6
15:45-16:00Break
16:00-17:30Closing Panel
Urban Health: Recommitting to a More Equitable, Healthy, and Socially Inclusive Future
17:30Adjourn

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Venue and Accommodations

The Fast-Track Cities 2022 venue will be the Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento (Avda. Alvaro Alonso Barba S/N Isla de la Cartuja 41092, Sevilla, España).

Discounted room rates will be forthcoming.

Submit an Abstract

The Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference abstract submission portal is open. The deadline for abstract submission is June 30, 2022. Abstract dispositions will be announced by August 19, 2022.

The conference organizers are encouraging abstract submissions across multiple types of research domains, including:

  • Behavioral science
  • Clinical research
  • Community participatory research
  • Health economics
  • Implementation science
  • Operational research
  • Public policy

Abstracts accepted for presentation at the Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference will be presented during the conference’s oral abstract and e-poster sessions. Abstracts must be submitted online by June 30, 2022.

KEY DATES

Following are key dates relevant to abstract submissions:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline – June 30, 2022
  • Abstract Disposition Announcements – August 19, 2022
  • Deadline to Withdraw Abstract/Change Presenting Author – September 16, 2022

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

As noted above, abstract submissions are encouraged in a wide variety of specific domains, including:

  • Behavioral science
  • Clinical research
  • Community participatory research
  • Health economics
  • Implementation science
  • Operational research
  • Public policy

CLINICAL

  • Diagnostic and monitoring tools
  • Antiretroviral therapy in adults
  • Comorbidities associated with HIV
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Clinical issues specific to gender
  • Clinical issues specific to pediatric/adolescent HIV
  • Clinical issues specific to key population

COLLIDING PANDEMICS

  • Continuity of HIV services
  • Continuity of TB services
  • Continuity of HBV services
  • Continuity of HCV services

PREVENTION

  • Treatment as prevention
  • Post-exposure and pre-exposure prophylaxis
  • Combination HIV prevention

BEHAVIORAL/SOCIAL

  • Behavioral science research
  • Social science research

STIGMA

  • External/social stigma
  • Internalized stigma
  • Intersectional stigma

HOLISTIC HEALTH

  • Economic, food, and housing security
  • Mental and spiritual health
  • Health-related quality of life

IMPLEMENTATION

  • Data generation/analysis/monitoring/measurement strategies
  • Intervention development, implementation, and outcomes
  • Dissemination/implementation of evidence-based approaches
  • Uptake and impact of innovative approaches
  • Operations research and demonstration projects
  • Health policy advocacy, implementation, financing, outcomes
  • Resource, structural, and service delivery issues and innovations

HUMAN RIGHTS

  • Ethical, legal, political, economic, and societal drivers and responses
  • Interventions and strategies to improve health equity and outcomes
  • Approaches to eliminate gender-based and other inequalities

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

  • Political and parliamentarian engagement
  • Clinical and service provider engagement
  • Community and civil society engagement
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Partnership frameworks and models

Particularly as applied to key and disproportionately affected populations:

  • Treatment naïve, treatment experienced
  • Individuals living with mental health challenges
  • Individuals living with HIV and comorbidities
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Transgender individuals
  • Women in high incidence areas
  • Pregnant women, women of childbearing age
  • Children and adolescents
  • Migrants and displaced populations
  • Homeless and/or marginally housed individuals
  • Female and male sex workers
  • People who use drugs
  • Incarcerated or recently released individuals

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

Abstracts must be submitted online by 5 pm ET, June 30, 2022. Submitted abstracts will be considered for oral and poster presentations. Submitted abstracts should report information not previously published, or intended to be published, prior to August 26, 2022.

It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure accuracy of content, spelling, and presentation. Abstracts will be published as submitted, subject to reformatting that may be required by IAPAC.

ABSTRACT FORMAT

Abstract contents will be either research-based data using established scientific methods or demonstrate experience and information from individuals or institutions working in the field. Please follow one of two structured formats (A or B), indicating in bold the four parts of your abstract:

Format A: Data-Driven Abstracts

  1. Background: a concise statement of the issues evaluated
  2. Methods: the investigational model used
  3. Results: specific findings
  4. Conclusions: summary of findings, supported by results

Format B: Program Descriptions and Case Studies

  1. Introduction: a concise statement of the issues addressed
  2. Description: a description of the project, case study, experience, or intervention
  3. Lessons Learned: project results, implementation issues, and/or case study solutions
  4. Recommendations: further recommendations or next steps

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Following are general guidelines for individuals interested in submitting an abstract(s):

  • The abstract must NOT contain more than 300 words.
  • Acceptable abstracts shall contain a concise statement of the research, define the precise subject of the presentation, and be related to the main theme or a sub-theme of the conference.
  • Literature references and acknowledgements should not form any part of the abstract’s content. Figures and tables are acceptable.
  • The author is responsible for all grammatical and factual details. You may edit your abstract after it has been submitted.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English. If you are not fluent in English, please attempt to have your abstract reviewed by a fluent English speaker.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of the conference delegates should be kept in mind when writing the abstract; thus sub-specialty jargon should be avoided.
  • Define all abbreviations and concepts in your abstract at first use.
  • For therapeutic agents, only generic names may be used (trade names are not permitted).

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND ACCEPTANCE

All abstracts must be submitted online no later than 5 pm ET, June 30, 2022. All submissions will be acknowledged upon successful submission via the site. Faxed or mailed abstracts will not be considered.

Please record your abstract number. The number assigned to your abstract when it is submitted online will be the abstract number referenced throughout the conference, including in the Program and Abstracts book. A notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent via e-mail no later than August 19, 2022. The disposition of each abstract will be sent via e-mail only to the submitting author identified on the submission form for that abstract. That contact will be responsible for sharing the disposition with all other authors of the abstract (including the presenting author).

Accepted abstracts will be in one of two categories:

  1. Oral Abstract presentation
  2. Poster Abstract presentation

Presenting authors agree to register for and attend the conference as scheduled in oral abstract or e-poster sessions. Oral abstract presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses, as well as the applicable registration fees.

Please note that only the abstracts of paid conference registrants will be included in the final Program and Abstracts Book. Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. Abstracts are considered official communication to IAPAC. Submission of an abstract implies permission to publish, and online posting, if accepted. A copy of any electronic presentation and handouts will be transferred to IAPAC.

All submissions must be received online by 5 pm ET, June 30, 2022. It is strongly recommended that you do not wait until the last minute to submit your abstract(s). You may review/edit submissions from now until 5 pm ET, August 26, 2022. Abstracts may be withdrawn, or the presenter may be changed, until September 16, 2022.

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