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TOWN HALL MEETING ON HIV/AIDS TO BE HELD

A Town Hall meeting on HIV/Aids, sponsored by the Minority Health Professions Foundation, will commence with a briefing session at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 and a full meeting starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Frenchman's Reef Marriott Beach Resort.
The Thursday briefing opens with a welcome by Congressional Delegate Donna Christian-Christensen, who is also Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust.
The Friday session starts with registration and a continental breakfast followed by a 9 a.m. welcome by Presiding Chair Henry Lewis III, dean and professor of the College of Pharmacy of the Florida A&M University, and President of the Minority Health Professions Foundation.
These meetings are held in response to President Bill Clinton's 1998 declaration of a state of emergency in African American and other communities of color related to HIV/Aids. The Town Hall meetings are designed to identify needs, disseminate information, increase understanding and gain acceptance of strategies aimed at decreasing the HIV/Aids burden in communities of color.
An entire spectrum of community leaders, health care professionals, government officials and people living with aids is represented at each meeting.
National figures for the St. Thomas meeting include Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Senator David A. Paterson, deputy minority whip of the New York State Senate and representative for Harlem, along with a broad range of local health officials.
The first National meeting, which took place in July this year in Miami, Florida, was simulcast on the Internet at www.minorityhealth.org. which is also the foundation's website.
The meeting is open to the public at no charge and includes the breakfast and luncheon.

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