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Social Work department to host World
AIDS Day Dec. 1
Nov. 19, 2008 --
University’s Department of Social Work in the College of Nursing and
Health Professions will present its first World AIDS Day conference,
Monday, Dec. 1, in Centennial Hall, on the third floor of the ASU
Student Union, 101 North Caraway Road, Jonesboro.
The conference is designed to increase awareness of the impact of
HIV/AIDS in rural communities, especially in northeast Arkansas.
Registration and breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m. There is no charge for the
conference, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. The last day to
register for the conference is Thursday, Nov. 20. To register, contact
the conference organizer, Dr. Guitele Rahill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or call 870-972-3984.
The World AIDS Day conference marks the end of National HIV/AIDS
Awareness Week which begins Monday, Nov. 24.
Dr. Mario De La Rosa, professor of Social Work, Justice and Public
Affairs at Florida International University, is the keynote speaker of
the World AIDS Day conference on Monday, Dec. 1. Dr. De La Rosa is also
director of two Resource-Related Research Grant (R24) Centers of
Excellence funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and by the
National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Also on the speaker’s slate are Dr. Maria Aysa-Lastra, assistant
professor of sociology and anthropology at FIU; Debbie Biazo, director
of the Northeast Arkansas Regional AIDS Network (NARAN); and Tere
Broderick, HIV Prevention Manager of the Department of Health of the
State of Arkansas.
Following a welcome from ASU Chancellor Dr. Robert L. Potts, Dr. Susan
Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, will
address the gathering.
To further increase awareness of HIV/AIDS on campus, members of the ASU
student chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers will
be wrapping trees throughout campus in red ribbon and handing out red
ribbons to students and visitors on campus.
“This conference is only one of many proactive measures toward reducing
the disparities in the occurrence of HIV/AIDS in this area,” said Dr.
Dr. Rahill is conducting research focusing on reducing health
disparities in understudied and underrepresented populations. Dr. Rahill
and conference co-chairs, Dr. Patricia Guy-Walls and Dr. Beverly
Edwards, all professors of Social Work at ASU, hope that the conference
will serve as a foundation for future research, investigating the
relationship between HIV knowledge and HIV stigma, substance abuse, and
sexual risk behaviors.
For more information on the conference, contact Dr. Rahill at the
Department of Social Work at 870-972-3984.