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Department of Social Work sponsors
third annual World AIDS Day event Dec. 1
November 18, 2010
On Wednesday, Dec. 1, the ASU Department of Social Work is sponsoring
its third World AIDS Day event, under the leadership of Dr. Patricia G.
Walls, associate professor of Social Work. The site of the conference is
the Mockingbird Room, Reng Student Services Center/Student Union, 101 N.
Caraway Road, Jonesboro. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the
conference itself begins at 9 a.m. No pre-registration is required.
The committee members for the conference this year are Ms. Peggy
Wright, Geography, Dr. Loretta Brewer, associate professor of Social
Work, and Dr. Beverly Edwards, assistant professor of Social Work. The
keynote speaker is Dr. Carl Abraham, who practices infectious disease
medicine and internal medicine in Jonesboro. Mr. Jim Reynolds, director
of the Craighead County Health Department, will be on a panel of
discussants, along with Ms. Debbie Biazo, director of the Northeast
Arkansas Regional AIDS Network (NARAN). There will be free HIV testing
between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Last year, faculty, staff, and students participated in the HIV testing
component of the World AIDS Day conference. Dr. Walls hopes to provide
the free testing opportunity to at least a hundred members of the ASU
community this year. The Craighead County Health Department will be
providing both the test kits to conduct the testing as well as the staff
to conduct the pre-test and post-testing counseling. The test is a
non-invasive procedure in which the cheek inside the mouth is gently
swabbed. Testing is confidential, and the results are provided in a
sensitive, supportive, and professional manner. Craighead County Health
Department staff providing testing include Jim Reynolds, Jared Pulver,
Michelle Williams, and Ryan Wooten.
A separate panel of student discussants will share the extent of their
exposure to HIV prevention messages prior to ASU's World AIDS Day
conferences. In addition to these panels, Dr. Walls and Patricia Minor,
RN, director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission’s HIV/AIDS
Outreach Initiative, will collaborate in a balloon release to take place
in the Student Union Courtyard on the ASU campus. The ASU balloon
release will occur simultaneously with balloon releases on the campuses
of Blytheville High School, Osceola High School, Marked Tree High
School, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campuses. Mary
Williams, MSW, will coordinate the release at Marked Tree High School,
and Dr. Andrea Stewart and her Social Work organization will coordinate
the balloon release at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
To round off the day, Dr. Walls plans a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. in
the Student Union Courtyard.
There will be on-site registration.
For further information, please contact
Dr. Patricia G. Walls (firstname.lastname@example.org),
(870) 972-3297, or Dr. Beverly
(email@example.com), (870) 972-3987.
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