Arkansas Gov. Beebe Forms Task Force To Study HIV/AIDS Among State’s Minority Populations
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (R) recently created a 19-member task force to examine HIV/AIDS among the state's minority populations, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The Arkansas HIV/AIDS Minority Task Force, which was formed by Act 842 of 2007, will study ways to strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment among blacks, Hispanics and other minorities in the state.
The task force will hold a series of meetings in the state's four congressional districts to hear public comment on the issue, as well as to discuss HIV/AIDS incidence among minorities and the efficacy of current programs. The committee will be responsible for submitting a report of its findings and recommendations to Beebe, leadership in the state House and Senate, and Arkansas' Department of Health by Nov. 1. Task force members will serve on a volunteer basis. Six members will serve for two years, six members will serve for three years, and seven members will serve seven-year terms, the Democrat-Gazette reports (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/22).