AIDS Conference for Black Churches at Tuskegee University May 22-24

Dr. David Satcher and Dr. Helene Gayle Honorary Co-Chairs



The Revs. James R. Forbes, Vashti M. McKenzie, Jeremiah A. Wright and

Drs. H. Clifford Lane, Eric Goosby and Wilbur Jordan Tops List of High

Profiled Speakers in Health and Religion



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Balm In Gilead

    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As more and more churches are taking a
 more aggressive role in addressing the AIDS epidemic in Black communities,
 pastors and church members around the country are preparing to attend The 3rd
 Annual Black Church HIV/AIDS Training Institute at Tuskegee University,
 Tuskegee, AL, May 22-24, 2001.
     The Black Church HIV/AIDS Training Institute convenes clergy and auxiliary
 leaders of Black church congregations to examine the impact of HIV/AIDS on
 African American, African and Caribbean communities and the critical role
 members of faith-based institutions must play in AIDS prevention, treatment
 and care. The Black Church HIV/AIDS Training Institute is a national
 conference established by The Balm In Gilead, the only organization in the
 United States dedicated exclusively to empowering churches in the struggle
 against the devastation of HIV/AIDS in the Black community.
     The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher and Helene Gayle, MD,
 director, National Center for HIV, AIDS STD and TB Prevention for the Centers
 for Disease Control and Prevention are honorary chairpersons.   The conference
 will feature some of the nation's top experts in the areas of health and
 religion.  Guest speakers include: H. Clifford Lane, M.D., director, Office of
 Clinical Research of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
 Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Rev. Dr. James R. Forbes, Jr., senior
 pastor, The Riverside Church, New York; The Right Reverend Vashti M. McKenzie,
 presiding prelate of the 18th Episcopal District of the AME Church serving
 Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland; Lucille Perez, President-elect of
 the National Medical Association; and Eric Goosby, MD, director, Office of
 HIV/AIDS Policy.
     "I congratulate African American clergy on their commitment to fighting
 one of the most devastating scourges not only in the Black community, but in
 human history," said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.  "The Balm In Gilead's HIV/AIDS
 Institute is a vigorous response to this pandemic and a critical example of
 collaboration between government agencies, public health organizations, and
 religious institutions."  These types of partnerships are essential to slowing
 the course of the pandemic. We are at a pivotal point in the pandemic.
 Educational forums such as this are crucial because we know that HIV
 prevention tools, when appropriately applied, can be enormously effective."
     Pernessa Seele, founder/CEO of The Balm In Gilead states, "This conference
 is designed to build the capacity of Black congregations to programmatically
 address the multitude of challenges the AIDS pandemic has brought to the
 global village."  Seele further states, " The Balm In Gilead is fortunate to
 be working with leaders in theology, public health, government, AIDS service
 and international affairs who are eager to lend their expertise to the success
 of this conference.
 
     Information and Registration
     The Black Church HIV/AIDS Institute is for church members only.  A
 registration fee of $325.00 ($375 after May 11) covers all conference
 activities and all meals. Information on overnight accommodations at the
 Kellogg Conference Center on Tuskegee University campus as well as student
 dormitories is available in the conference brochure.  Bristol Meyers Squibb,
 Roche, CDC, HRSA, SAMSHA, The Evangelical Lutheran Church and The NY Christian
 Times Publication are supporters of this year's Institute. Persons attending
 the entire training may earn continuing education or extension credits from
 the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta.  ITC is the
 largest Black institution of graduate religious education in the United
 States.
     Individuals interested in attending the Black Church HIV/AIDS Training
 Institute may contact The Balm In Gilead for a conference brochure at
 1-888-225-6243 or http://www.balmingilead.org.
 
     About The Balm In Gilead
     The Balm In Gilead is a not-for-profit, national organization located in
 New York City whose mission is to build the capacity of African American
 churches to become community centers for HIV prevention, treatment and
 compassion. Endorsed by over 17 major church denominations, caucuses and
 coalitions, as well as independent churches, The Balm In Gilead's pioneering
 achievements have enabled thousands of churches to become leaders in
 preventing HIV by providing comprehensive educational programs and offering
 compassionate support to encourage those infected to seek and maintain
 treatment. Funded by The Centers for Disease Control and prevention, the
 organization operates the Black Church HIV/AIDS National Technical Assistance
 Center and is the national organizer of The Black Church Week of Prayer for
 the Healing of AIDS, the largest AIDS awareness campaign targeting Black
 America.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As more and more churches are taking a
 more aggressive role in addressing the AIDS epidemic in Black communities,
 pastors and church members around the country are preparing to attend The 3rd
 Annual Black Church HIV/AIDS Training Institute at Tuskegee University,
 Tuskegee, AL, May 22-24, 2001.
     The Black Church HIV/AIDS Training Institute convenes clergy and auxiliary
 leaders of Black church congregations to examine the impact of HIV/AIDS on
 African American, African and Caribbean communities and the critical role
 members of faith-based institutions must play in AIDS prevention, treatment
 and care. The Black Church HIV/AIDS Training Institute is a national
 conference established by The Balm In Gilead, the only organization in the
 United States dedicated exclusively to empowering churches in the struggle
 against the devastation of HIV/AIDS in the Black community.
     The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher and Helene Gayle, MD,
 director, National Center for HIV, AIDS STD and TB Prevention for the Centers
 for Disease Control and Prevention are honorary chairpersons.   The conference
 will feature some of the nation's top experts in the areas of health and
 religion.  Guest speakers include: H. Clifford Lane, M.D., director, Office of
 Clinical Research of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
 Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Rev. Dr. James R. Forbes, Jr., senior
 pastor, The Riverside Church, New York; The Right Reverend Vashti M. McKenzie,
 presiding prelate of the 18th Episcopal District of the AME Church serving
 Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland; Lucille Perez, President-elect of
 the National Medical Association; and Eric Goosby, MD, director, Office of
 HIV/AIDS Policy.
     "I congratulate African American clergy on their commitment to fighting
 one of the most devastating scourges not only in the Black community, but in
 human history," said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.  "The Balm In Gilead's HIV/AIDS
 Institute is a vigorous response to this pandemic and a critical example of
 collaboration between government agencies, public health organizations, and
 religious institutions."  These types of partnerships are essential to slowing
 the course of the pandemic. We are at a pivotal point in the pandemic.
 Educational forums such as this are crucial because we know that HIV
 prevention tools, when appropriately applied, can be enormously effective."
     Pernessa Seele, founder/CEO of The Balm In Gilead states, "This conference
 is designed to build the capacity of Black congregations to programmatically
 address the multitude of challenges the AIDS pandemic has brought to the
 global village."  Seele further states, " The Balm In Gilead is fortunate to
 be working with leaders in theology, public health, government, AIDS service
 and international affairs who are eager to lend their expertise to the success
 of this conference.
 
     Information and Registration
     The Black Church HIV/AIDS Institute is for church members only.  A
 registration fee of $325.00 ($375 after May 11) covers all conference
 activities and all meals. Information on overnight accommodations at the
 Kellogg Conference Center on Tuskegee University campus as well as student
 dormitories is available in the conference brochure.  Bristol Meyers Squibb,
 Roche, CDC, HRSA, SAMSHA, The Evangelical Lutheran Church and The NY Christian
 Times Publication are supporters of this year's Institute. Persons attending
 the entire training may earn continuing education or extension credits from
 the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta.  ITC is the
 largest Black institution of graduate religious education in the United
 States.
     Individuals interested in attending the Black Church HIV/AIDS Training
 Institute may contact The Balm In Gilead for a conference brochure at
 1-888-225-6243 or http://www.balmingilead.org.
 
     About The Balm In Gilead
     The Balm In Gilead is a not-for-profit, national organization located in
 New York City whose mission is to build the capacity of African American
 churches to become community centers for HIV prevention, treatment and
 compassion. Endorsed by over 17 major church denominations, caucuses and
 coalitions, as well as independent churches, The Balm In Gilead's pioneering
 achievements have enabled thousands of churches to become leaders in
 preventing HIV by providing comprehensive educational programs and offering
 compassionate support to encourage those infected to seek and maintain
 treatment. Funded by The Centers for Disease Control and prevention, the
 organization operates the Black Church HIV/AIDS National Technical Assistance
 Center and is the national organizer of The Black Church Week of Prayer for
 the Healing of AIDS, the largest AIDS awareness campaign targeting Black
 America.
 
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