Summer Spots: Recent News and Timely Updates from an Urban Health Watch Perspective

by Michelle Wilson,
Director of Community Services, Urban League of RI
Co-founder, UrbanHealthWatch.net

PROVIDENCE, RI – Here at Urban Health Watch, we’ve been steadily working on connecting you to resources through Urban Health Watch Radio – and the online pages corresponding with each episode. We’ve discussed and posted resources dealing with access to care and access to health careers, and, through the Community Datebook Page, we’ve informed of you key trainings and important meetings happening in-person and online. However, we’re not the only ones keeping busy this summer, as you’ll see in the excerpts and links below. Check out some of the recent conversations and actions in the areas of HIV/AIDS research, prevention, treatment and advocacy. Much of it deals with the African American community, which, according to a 2009 fact sheet from the CDC, accounts for “a higher proportion of cases at all stages of HIV/AIDS—from infection with HIV to death with AIDS—compared with members of other races and ethnicities.” It’s clear that health advocates near and far have work to do – even during this hot New England summer. Don’t forget to stay hydrated.

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Advance in Quest for HIV Vaccine
7/11/2010
HIV research is undergoing a renaissance that could lead to new ways to develop vaccines against the AIDS virus and other viral diseases. Click here to keep reading.

Obama to Outline Plan to Cut H.I.V. Infections
7/10/2010
Wall Street Journal: President Obama will unveil a new national strategy this week to curb the AIDS epidemic by slashing the number of new infections and increasing the number of people who get care and treatment. Click here to keep reading.

White House Meeting on Black Men and HIV/AIDS
6/2/2010
C-Span: Dr. Garth Graham joined Federal, State and local experts, providers, community members, and men living with HIV at an ONAP convened meeting to raise awareness about the domestic HIV epidemic among Black men. Click here to keep reading to see the video.

Black Community Response to HIV/AIDS
6/2/2010
C-Span: Panelists talk about responses by the black community to the HIV/AIDS epidemic among African-American men. Among the issues addressed are homophobia and the stigma associated with HIV status, access to adequate health care, education programs, the role of the black church, and the need for open dialogue about the epidemic. Click here to keep reading or to see the video.

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