Health and Family Services Cabinet
African-American and Hispanic Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS Set
Event Sponsored by Department for Public Health HIV/AIDS Branch
The Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (DPH) 12th Annual African-American and Hispanic Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS is set for Friday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – The Campbell House, 1375 South Broadway, Lexington.
The theme for this year’s conference is “26 Years of AIDS is Enough: The Time to Deliver is NOW!”
Sponsored by the DPH HIV/AIDS branch, the conference, which 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 community leaders in Kentucky to join the fight against the epidemic. Conference attendees will be provided with the skills and knowledge to return to their communities and implement interventions to stop the spread of HIV.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African-Americans and Hispanics represent 70 percent of new HIV cases diagnosed in the United States. Of the rates of diagnoses for adults and adolescents in all racial and ethnic groups, the highest was for African-Americans (72.1 cases per 100,000 persons) and the second highest was for Hispanics. African-Americans comprise about 13 percent of the U.S. population; however, in 2005, they accounted for 49 percent of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S.
African-Americans represent 7 percent of Kentucky’s population, yet made up 31 percent of AIDS cases diagnosed in 2006. Hispanics comprised 2.2 percent of the population, yet accounted for 3 percent of the AIDS cases diagnosed.
Registration for the conference is $25 and $15 for students. Late registration is $30 after Aug. 15. Those who plan to attend can register online at www.aahlc.com. Registration can also be made the day of the conference beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Clergy are invited to attend a special faith-based institute from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
For more information, please contact Beverly Mitchell or Michael Hambrick, HIV/AIDS branch, DPH, at (800) 420-7431 or (502) 564-6539 (ext. 3558 and 3560 respectively).