Health and Family Services Cabinet
Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS to be Held in Louisville
The Department for Public Health’s 11th Annual African-American and Hispanic Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS is set for Sept. 29-30, at the Executive Inn West, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville.
Internationally renowned researcher and speaker Gail E. Wyatt, Ph.D, associate director of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) AIDS Institute, clinical psychologist and sex therapist, will deliver the keynote address on Saturday morning. Wyatt is one of the leading experts in the study of the HIV/AIDS impact on minority communities.
James E.K. Hildreth, M.D., a world renowned physician and researcher, also will be a featured speaker at the conference. A former professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Hildreth now serves as the director of the National Institutes of Health Center for Health Disparities Research in HIV at Meharry Medical College.
“HIV/AIDS remains a serious public health concern in Kentucky, particularly among our minority populations,” said William Hacker, M.D., acting undersecretary for health and public health commissioner for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “We have made great strides in both medicine and public education, but we have a long way to go. I strongly encourage more health practitioners and community leaders to join the DPH staff at this conference and take an active role in HIV prevention in their communities.”
The conference, which is sponsored by the DPH HIV/AIDS branch, is designed to be a call to action for leaders in the African-American and Hispanic communities to motivate the development and implementation of HIV prevention programs. Like the rest of the nation, Kentucky’s minority community, especially the African-American female population, is disparately impacted by HIV/AIDS, and:
· The AIDS rate for African-Americans in Kentucky is approximately seven times higher than the rate for white people or other races.
· African-Americans compose 7 percent of Kentucky’s population, yet made up 30 percent of AIDS cases diagnosed in 2005. The AIDS rate for African–American males is approximately five times higher than white males and the AIDS rate for African-American females is 19 times higher than white females in Kentucky.
· Hispanics composed 2.2 percent of Kentucky’s 2004 population: however, they accounted for 7 percent of AIDS cases diagnosed in 2004. The AIDS rate for Hispanic males in Kentucky is five times higher than white males, and the AIDS rate for Hispanic females is approximately four times higher than white females in the state.
· Nationally, AIDS is the leading cause of death for African-Americans between the ages of 25 and 44.
For registration or more information, contact Beverly Mitchell, HIV prevention minority initiatives coordinator, at (502) 564-6539 or e-mail Beverly.Mitchell@ky.gov. Additional information is available at the conference Web site http://www.kyaalc.com/