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HIV/AIDS Conference to Focus on Education, Awareness and Improving Resources

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 19, 2009  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 and 4012  

Various Stakeholders Encouraged to Attend 
Raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and enhancing ongoing education and advocacy efforts are the purposes of an upcoming conference sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and Heartland CARES, Inc. of Paducah. The conference will be May 20-22 at Louisville’s Holiday Inn-Hurstborne.  

Health care and social service professionals involved in planning prevention education or direct delivery of services to people living with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to attend. The event also is intended for people interested in improving the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS and those who are concerned about the impact of the disease in Kentucky.

“This is going to be a wonderful forum for people in the health care community, educators and advocates interested in improving awareness, services and outreach for HIV/AIDS,” said Sigga Jagne, manager of DPH’s HIV/AIDS branch. “This is an important event for all interested parties to come together, share ideas and learn more about addressing this epidemic.”

This conference may be of special interest to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, prevention specialists, health planners, social workers, counselors, certified health education specialists, pharmacists, administrators, corrections officers, substance abuse counselors, caregivers, service providers, community members and others affected by HIV/AIDS either personally or professionally.

On May 20, DPH Commissioner Dr. William Hacker will present awards at an evening ceremony honoring Kentucky’s Ryan White HIV treatment Clinics – The Bluegrass Care Clinic in Lexington, Heartland CARES Inc. in Paducah, Matthew 25 AIDS Services in Henderson, and the WINGS Clinic in Louisville).

On May 21, Harold A Kessler, M.D., will present "Body Fat Distribution Changes in HIV-Infected Patients: Research Findings and Clinical Strategies.” Kessler is a professor of medicine and immunology/microbiology at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Michael Saag, M.D., will serve as the conference keynote speaker on Friday, May 22. Saag, director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will discuss “When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy: Implications for Health Care Delivery and Public Health.” 

On-site registration is $125. Continuing education credit will be provided at no additional charge. To receive continuing education credits and attendance certificates, participants must register on T.R.A.I.N.Kentucky at For more conference information, contact Merinda Brown, conference chair, at (502) 564-6539.   


Last Updated 5/19/2009