Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations
USA Today Profiles AIDS Quilt, Epidemic After 20 Years
USA Today profiles today in its "Life" section the AIDS Memorial Quilt, "a tribute to those who have died, and a beloved comforter for those who have survived them." Cleve Jones, the founder of the quilt, said that a 1985 image of San Francisco's old Federal Building covered in cardboard sheets listing the names of those who had died of the disease prompted him to create the quilt, "like the one made for me by my grandmother." The quilt soon became a "powerful political tool," displayed in Washington, D.C., "where it would be impossible to ignore." Today, the quilt "represents one-fifth of the U.S. dead and bears the names of about 88,000 people from 50 countries." To read the full article, click here. To join an online chat with Andy Ilves, executive director of the NAMES Project Foundation, the quilt's keeper, and Julie Rhoad, interim managing director of the foundation, at 1 p.m. today,
click here. To read USA Today's article on the 20th anniversary of AIDS, click here.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.