September 29, 2010         


WATERBURY – Waterbury Hospital’s Infectious Disease Clinic finished first in two categories of a national poster contest that took place at the 2010 Ryan White All-Grantees Conference in Washington DC in late August. The program’s poster entries, which were designed to call attention to key areas of HIV/AIDS treatment, were judged to be the best among 160 entries from across the country. 

The poster contest was part of the biannual Ryan White All-Grantees Conference in which HIV providers from across the country gather in the nation’s capital to share information and methodologies in the effort to prevent and treat HIV infection and AIDS. 

This year’s conference marked the first time that a poster contest was held as a way to call attention to specific areas of HIV/AIDS treatment and management. The Infectious Disease Clinic submitted poster entries in two of seven categories of the contest, and took first place in both. 

One of the winning entries, “Photography as a Tool for Developing Positive Life Skills,” took first prize in the category of Access and Retention, while the other entry, “Successful Integration of Hepatitis C Treatment Into a Primary HIV Clinic,” took first prize in the category of Prevention Care/Continuum. The entries were prepared and submitted by Leonard Savage, an Infectious Disease Clinic Peer Advocate, and several Waterbury Hospital employees, including Linda Sapio-Longo, APRN; Richard Smith, MSW; Nicole DeVito, Administrative Assistant; and Steven Aronin, MD, Program Director for Ryan White Programs at the clinic.  

In addition to submitting the winning poster entries, the Infectious Disease Clinic was also chosen to make two workshop presentations during the conference. These workshops showcased the clinic’s successful integration of peer-led programs and buprenorphine treatment into a primary HIV care clinic, and will hopefully be adopted by other programs across the country. The highlight of the conference came during a ceremony when clinic representatives were given the poster awards by Deborah Parham Hopson, PhD, RN, who is the Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration.   

“We are very proud to have been recognized in this fashion,” Dr. Aronin said.

Waterbury Hospital is the largest private employer in the Greater Waterbury region, and serves a vital role in the economic vitality of Western Connecticut. It is a private, non-profit acute care teaching hospital licensed for 367 beds and affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Founded in 1890 as Waterbury’s first and Connecticut’s fourth hospital, Waterbury Hospital is a full-service community health-care institution with centers of excellence in primary care, cardiac services, behavioral health and orthopaedics.