National Conference to Advance Equity in Mpox Diagnostics


Start Date and Time: Mon, Jul 17, 2023, 6:00 pm ET

End Date and Time: Tue, Jul 18, 2023, 5:00 pm ET

The NYC Pandemic Response Institute and amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, invite you to attend the National Conference to Advance Equity in Mpox Diagnostics. The event takes place at the KFF Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, July 18, with a special reception and dinner on the evening of Monday, July 17.

The 2022 mpox outbreak highlighted a need for better diagnostic options to prevent the proliferation of future domestic outbreaks. Diagnostic tools play a critical role in controlling the spread of infectious disease, but their policies, development, and deployment are complex. Designing and implementing an effective and equitable diagnostic strategy for mpox diagnostics requires trust in science, community participation, whole of society education, collection of data, low barrier production pathways from lab to access points, and more.

This unique conference will bring together a select group of civil society, government and diagnostic developers to discuss how to improve the development, accessibility, and data utility of disease diagnostics into order to achieve more rapid, widespread, and equitable access to testing for individuals and improve decision-making for policy makers and clinicians.

As a result of this conference, we hope to develop an equitable and unified diagnostics plan for mpox with specific actions that government, community, academic, and corporate partners can take. With ongoing engagement, this conference and this system can be a model for both routine activities and future public health emergencies.

Can you join us for this important event?

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Financial support for travel and accommodations are available for community advocates as well as local and state governments thanks to the generosity and support of amfAR.

Please note that this event is closed to press and this invite is non-transferrable. Please do not forward this email to others.

Conference Hotel

For attendees visiting from outside the DC area, we have negotiated a discounted room rate at the Moxy Hotel at $172/night. If you requested travel assistance, we will book your room for you automatically after your travel is confirmed. If you did not request assistance but would like access to this discounted rate, please email us.

Conference Venue

The conference activities on July 18th will take place at the KFF Barbara Jordan Conference Center. The Barbara Jordan Conference Center is located at 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005 (one block west of Metro Center).

Draft Agenda

Subject to Change.

Monday, July 17

6PM – 8PMConference Launch and Reception
Lucha Rosa Rooftop Bar at the Moxy Hotel, Washington DC
Tacos, Passed Appetizers, Dessert, and Cocktails

Tuesday, July 18

8:00AMBreakfast and Registration
8:45AMWelcome, Goals and Framing
9:30AMRound 1: Designing, Developing and Regulating the Right mpox Diagnostics
11:10AMRound 2: Ensuring Equitable Access and Usable Data Analytics for mpox
1:25PMRound 3: Integrating mpox Diagnostics into a Holistic Standard of Care 
2:55PMCoffee/Snack Break
3:10PMModerator Reporting on Key Issues, Proposed Solutions, & Partnerships.
3:55PMRanking and Synthetization
4:25PMNext Steps

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