Thursday, 08 01, 2013
Media Contact: Jill Midkiff or Gwenda Bond, (502) 564-6786
Annual conference takes place in Lexington Aug. 2-3
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2013)—The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health, is proud to announce the 2013 African American and Hispanic/Latino Leadership Conference (AAHLLC) on HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme is “Faces of AIDS.” This conference is an opportunity for representatives of community-based organizations, faith-based groups, government agencies, and others active in the field of HIV/AIDS to come together to focus on improving the services available to persons infected with and affected by HIV disease. The conference will be held Aug. 2-3, 2013 at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, Ky.
As part of the conference, an annual Faith-Based Initiatives Program will be offered on the evening of Friday, Aug. 2, from 6-8 p.m., with registration beginning at 4 p.m. This program will provide valuable hands-on information on HIV/AIDS education, information dissemination, technical assistance, HIV testing and program enhancing strategies in efforts to mobilize the faith-based communities in Kentucky. The dinner’s keynote speaker will be Karen Williamson Krigger, M.D., associate professor at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine, Department of Family & Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Krigger’s topic is “How to Grow a HIV Garden of Love.”
On Saturday, Aug. 3, the Latino Commission on AIDS will be presenting in a town hall-style forum for the morning plenary and The Faces of AIDS panel will be holding an open discussion during the afternoon plenary. The conference will once again contain breakout sessions designed to explore topics on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, substance abuse, medical adherence, cultural competency, leadership and organizational training.
Those planning to attend the conference may register on-site from 4-6 p.m. on Friday evening or 7:30-9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The registration fee is $10 for both days. For more information, please contact Beverly Mitchell, Kentucky HIV/AIDS Branch, at 1-800-420-7431.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.