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Conferences Merge to Create the Kentucky Conference on HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 21, 2010  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 and 4012  

 Various Stakeholders Encouraged to Attend

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is hosting the Kentucky HIV/AIDS, African-American and Hispanic/Latino Leadership, and Viral Hepatitis Conference. Community-based organizations, local, state and federal agencies, and others in the field of HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis are encouraged to attend. Formerly three conferences, organizers recently merged them into one.

“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.”

The conference will be July 28-30 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, 1800 Newton Pike, Lexington.
From health care and social service professionals who are involved in planning and/or providing direct delivery of services to those living with HIV/AIDS in Kentucky to people who want to improve the quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS, this conference is designed for anyone interested in or dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS. Leaders of all segments of the community are asked to attend to get information to mobilize their communities to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Keynote speakers include John Hogan, M.D., from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who will present “Caring for People of Color with HIV Infection” on Thursday. On Friday, J. Leveeza Bhatti, M.D., University of California, Los Angeles, will present “Women and HIV/AIDS: A Look at the Epidemiology: Patient Characteristics and Resources.” 

The conference will include the Ninth Annual Faith Based Initiatives Program from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. This portion of the conference is free and open to the public. Dinner is included. Keith G. Tyler, a reverend from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Lexington, will speak on “Spiritual Healing in the HIV/AIDS Community.”

On-site registration is $75. Continuing education credit will be provided at no additional charge. All those planning on attending the conference must register at, course identification 1022398. For more conference information, contact Merinda Brown, Beverly Mitchell or Michael Hambrick in DPH at (800) 420-7431.   




Last Updated 7/21/2010