New York City Town Hall Meeting Will Examine New Science And Policies To "Turn The Tide Of HIV/AIDS" In Black Communities

New York City Town Hall Meeting Will Examine New Science And Policies To "Turn
                  The Tide Of HIV/AIDS" In Black Communities

Marking World AIDS Day, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Presents
a Series of Town Hall Meetings with Experts and Community Partners in Hardest
Hit Cities

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

       New York City  is at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the
       U.S., and African Americans and Latinos are disproportionately
       affected. "Turning the Tide Together: Addressing HIV/AIDS and Health
       Disparities in Black Communities," a community town hall meeting
       convened by the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Inc.
WHAT:  (NBLCA), will bring together policy makers, faith and civic leaders,
       public health experts, and the HIV-affected community to discuss ways
       to more effectively address and develop national and local responses to
       HIV/AIDS and related health disparities in light of the most recent
       scientific knowledge and research. The meeting is free and open to the
       public.
WHERE: The Mural Pavilion at Harlem Hospital Center, 506 Malcolm X
       Boulevardat 136^th Street, New York City
WHEN:  Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET (Reception and tour: 6:00 -
       6:30 pm; 6:30 pm: Presentations begin)
WHO:   Moderator:
         oC. Virginia Fields, President and CEO, National Black Leadership
           Commission on AIDS, Inc.
       Speakers and Topics:
         oMonica Sweeney, MD, MPH, Assistant Commissioner, New York City
           Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Treatment as Prevention
         oRonald Johnson, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, AIDS United
           – Affordable Care Act
         oRon Ticho, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Orasure
           Technologies, Inc. - OraQuick In-Home HIV Test
         oDr. Marjorie Hill, Gay Men's Health Crisis – Ending the Epidemic
           Among the LGBTQ Community
         oIngrid Floyd, Iris House – Addressing the Unique Needs of Women
         oAmanda Lugg, African Services Committee – Hidden Epidemics, Stigma
           & Immigration: The "African" in African American
         oGeorge Farrell, Steinway Children and Family Services – Mental
           Health, Children and Families

More meetings are scheduled in Tampa (Dec. 7), Dallas (Dec. 14), and New
Orleans, LA, and Jackson, MS (2013)—"hot spots" for HIV/AIDS where the black
community is disproportionately affected.

"Recent scientific advances and new policies can help to stem the high rate of
HIV infection in African American communities, which have been ravaged for so
long by the spread of the virus," said NBLCA President C. Virginia Fields.
"These exciting developments represent our best chance to end the epidemic,
but the greatest challenge we face is determining how African Americans can
move forward as a community to achieve that goal. On December 1, we marked
World AIDS Day in solidarity with people around the world in the fight against
HIV. Our town hall meetings around the country will engage the broader
community in developing decisive action plans to turn the tide of HIV,
together."

Media Contact: Teri Wade, Mission & Message Communications, 212-595-4047
teri@missionandmessage.com

SOURCE National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Inc.

Website: http://www.worldaidsday.org