Rainbow/PUSH Coalition to Discuss AIDS at Annual Convention
The 30th annual Rainbow/PUSH Coalition conference begins today in Chicago with 100 ministers taking HIV tests before dozens of inmates at Cook County Jail, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The event is "part of a crusade" to encourage inmates to get tested for HIV, and kicks off the four-day convention, "One Big Tent: Pursuing the American Dream." The conference highlight will be a town hall meeting on AIDS tomorrow night, featuring speeches by coalition founder Rev. Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton. Jackson has been at the "forefront of the AIDS battle," alerting African Americans to the realities of the disease, the Sun-Times reports. Since leaving the White House, Clinton has also "been extremely vocal about [AIDS] research and awareness," Rainbow/PUSH spokesperson Keina Peyton said (Walters, Chicago Sun-Times, 8/7).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.