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African-American and Hispanic/Latino Leadership Conference

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2009  
Contact Information:  Vikki Franklin or Barbara Fox,
(502) 564-6786 Ext. 3429, 4411
 


African-American and Hispanic/Latino Leadership Conference
on HIV/AIDS to be held in Northern Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2009) - “Life is Worth Saving!” is the theme of the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (DPH) 14th Annual African-American and Hispanic/Latino Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS set for Sept. 25 and 26 at the Cincinnati Marriot Airport Hotel.
Sponsored by DPH’s HIV/AIDS branch, the conference is designed to draw attention to and stop the spread of HIV. It will provide valuable information on HIV/AIDS education, information dissemination, technical assistance, HIV testing and medical updates, in an effort to mobilize African-American and Hispanic/Latino community leaders to join the fight against the epidemic. Conference attendees will be provided with the skills and knowledge to return to their communities and implement effective interventions aimed at stopping the spread of HIV. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a friend or family member to get tested as part of the Test 1 Million Campaign. Free testing will be available during all conference hours.
A free pre-conference faith-based institute and dinner with guest speaker Rev. Debra Hickman, of  S.T.A.R. (Sisters Together And Reaching Inc.) in Baltimore, Md., will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24. All clergy are invited to attend the event.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, African-Americans and Hispanics accounted for 13 percent and 15 percent of the total U.S. population in 2006. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that African-Americans and Hispanics accounted for 45 percent and 17 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2007.
HIV/AIDS statistics in Kentucky mirror the national disparities. African-Americans and Hispanics make up 7.7 percent and 2.2 percent of the state’s total population, yet account for disproportionately high numbers of new HIV diagnoses. According to 2007 data, 38 percent of new cases were African-American, and 8 percent were Hispanic. In fact, from 2003-07, the AIDS diagnosis rate for African-Americans was approximately eight times higher than the rate for whites.
Registration for the conference is $25; $15 for students. Late registration is $30 after Sep. 18. Attendees can register online at www.aahlc.com. Late registration can also be completed during the conference on Sept. 25 and 26, starting at 7:30 a.m. 
Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include Jaime Martinez, M.D., Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago, and a special one-man performance with HIV prevention messages by Devin T. Robinson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Cincinnati Marriot Airport Hotel is located at 2395 Progress Dr., Hebron.
For more information, please contact Beverly Mitchell or Michael Hambrick, HIV/AIDS branch, at (800) 420-7431, ext. 3558 and 3560 respectively.

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Last Updated 9/17/2009