Efforts Address HIV/AIDS Awareness, Minority Health Disparities, Tobacco Use
Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance: IMA, a group of leaders from mostly urban church congregations who are concerned about community issues in New York, has received a $10,000 state grant that will be used to educate blacks about HIV/AIDS and encourage them to be tested for the disease, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports. The grant, which is from the state's AIDS Initiative, will fund four educational sessions at three local churches and a community center (Gadoua, Syracuse Post-Standard, 8/9).
Mountain State University: The third Minority Health Disparities Conference in Rural Appalachia took place at MSU on Thursday and focused on issues including cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and chronic kidney disease, WVVA-TV reports. Darryl Cannaday, executive director of South Central Educational Development, at the conference said, "[W]hy are we not rapid testing for HIV in Southern West Virginia, why do we have such big gaps in health care, why do we have providers that aren't culturally sensitive to different needs of rural and underserved people, we're getting a lot of good questions and getting some answers" (WVVA-TV, 8/9).
National African-American Tobacco Prevention Network: The network last week facilitated a symposium at the University of Utah and discussed ways to counteract the influence of tobacco use in pop culture and advertising, the Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News reports. The state's ethnic, tobacco and health networks attended the symposium, as did national advocates. The symposium was a first step in establishing a partnership between the Utah Office of Ethnic Affairs and the Utah Department of Health to address the issue. Luz Robles, director of Ethnic Affairs, said one goal of the group is to establish a network to curb tobacco use among the state's Asian population. NAATPN already has established networks for reducing tobacco use among American Indian, Hispanic, black and Pacific Islander communities, Robles said (Bulkeley, Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News, 8/5).