Lactose Intolerance, Maternal Health and HIV Awareness for Girls: Community Datebook Updates

by Reza Corinne Clifton

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lactose intolerance in communities of color and HIV awareness for girls and women. Polishing up on your policy work and tips on being the best father you can be.

These are themes and takeaways to be expected from many of the events currently listed on the Urban Health Watch Community Datebook Page. Though the page was updated as recently as February 11, it was time to make additions again once coming across the learning opportunities and events I uncovered.

What could have possibly popped up in a little over a week?

February 22-24, 2010

Lactose Intolerance and Health
A Consensus Development Conference
Presented by The National Institutes of Health

Monday, February 22 through
Wednesday, February 24

National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)

Free and open to the public.
video streaming online.

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Most affected individuals, referred to as lactase nonpersisters, in the United States belong to minority groups, especially Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders. To examine issues related to this condition, who it effects, and how it effects, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Office of Medical Applications of Research of the National Institutes of Health will convene a Consensus Development Conference from February 22 to 24, 2010 to assess available scientific evidence.

Video from the conference will stream live online and will be archived a week later. Access the live and archived footage here, through their webcast. To learn more about the conference, the various agencies and sponsors coordinating it, and other online resources related to the topic and event, click here. To register for a post-conference teleconference briefing, click here.


March 2, 2010

The Rhode Island Department of Health and
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT present

Maternal and Child Health 2010
Community Input Meeting

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
8 am to 12 noon
Providence Marriott
One Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904

Light breakfast provided
Register by February 26

The Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT are hosting a Title V Maternal and Child Health 2010 Community Input Meeting on March 2, 2010. Title V is a critical funding source for state-directed federal funds to support maternal and child health. Join us as we review key indicators of child and maternal health, suggest priorities for maternal and child health initiatives, and inform a better system of care for maternal and child health. Please fax or email your registration information to: (f) 401.222.1442; or (e) by February 26, 2010. If accommodations are needed, please contact Rosemary Reilly-Chammat at 401.222.5922 or via RI Relay at 711 also no later than February 26, 2010. Click here to see more information and to download the registration form.


Wednesday, March 10

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Presented by Women Of Color Organization
– I Rise, You Rise, We RISE

A Rhode Island College Student Group

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Rhode Island College Student
Union Ballroom
600 Mount Pleasant
Providence, RI

Refreshments will be provided

Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and AIDS is now among the leading causes of death for Black women. Come join the Women of Color Organization (at RIC), to build awareness about HIV & AIDS because, a keynote speakers and Free AIDS Testing. Because “Its always good to know your status because in reality, you can not tell who is infected.” Refreshments will be provided to attendees. For questions or concerns please email WOC at


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