New York City Town Hall Meeting Will Examine New Science And Policies To "Turn The Tide Of HIV/AIDS" In Black Communities

Marking World AIDS Day, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Presents a Series of Town Hall Meetings with Experts and Community Partners in Hardest Hit Cities

Dec 03, 2012, 11:00 ET from National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Inc.

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


New York City is at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S., and African Americans and Latinos are disproportionately affected. "Turning the Tide Together: Addressing HIV/AIDS and Health Disparities in Black Communities," a community town hall meeting convened by the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Inc. (NBLCA), will bring together policy makers, faith and civic leaders, public health experts, and the HIV-affected community to discuss ways to more effectively address and develop national and local responses to HIV/AIDS and related health disparities in light of the most recent scientific knowledge and research. The meeting is free and open to the public.


The Mural Pavilion at Harlem Hospital Center, 506 Malcolm X Boulevard at 136th Street, New York City


Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET (Reception and tour: 6:00 - 6:30 pm; 6:30 pm: Presentations begin)



  • C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.

Speakers and Topics:

  • Monica Sweeney, MD, MPH, Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Treatment as Prevention
  • Ronald Johnson, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, AIDS United – Affordable Care Act
  • Ron Ticho, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Orasure Technologies, Inc. - OraQuick In-Home HIV Test
  • Dr. Marjorie Hill, Gay Men's Health Crisis – Ending the Epidemic Among the LGBTQ Community
  • Ingrid Floyd, Iris House – Addressing the Unique Needs of Women
  • Amanda Lugg, African Services Committee – Hidden Epidemics, Stigma & Immigration: The "African" in African American
  • George Farrell, Steinway Children and Family Services – Mental Health, Children and Families

More meetings are scheduled in Tampa (Dec. 7), Dallas (Dec. 14), and New Orleans, LA, and Jackson, MS (2013)—"hot spots" for HIV/AIDS where the black community is disproportionately affected.

"Recent scientific advances and new policies can help to stem the high rate of HIV infection in African American communities, which have been ravaged for so long by the spread of the virus," said NBLCA President C. Virginia Fields. "These exciting developments represent our best chance to end the epidemic, but the greatest challenge we face is determining how African Americans can move forward as a community to achieve that goal. On December 1, we marked World AIDS Day in solidarity with people around the world in the fight against HIV. Our town hall meetings around the country will engage the broader community in developing decisive action plans to turn the tide of HIV, together."

Media Contact: Teri Wade, Mission & Message Communications, 212-595-4047

SOURCE National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Inc.