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Catania Marks World AIDS Day with Testing, Education, and Strategic Planning Events
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Catania Marks World AIDS Day with Testing, Education, and Strategic Planning Events


From Brendan Williams-Kief:

Councilmember David A. Catania (At-Large), Chairman of the Committee on Health, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown are sponsoring a full day of public events at the John A. Wilson Building to mark World AIDS Day on Thursday December 1, 2011. All events are free and open to the public. 


           The day’s events include:


10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mobile HIV Testing Bus at the Wilson Building:

Calvary Health Care, along with the Department of Health, will provide free HIV testing in their mobile testing unit outside of the Wilson Building.  


10 a.m. Committee on Health Hearing: HIV Education/Academic Detailing:

The Committee will hold a public oversight hearing in Room 500 of the Wilson Building on the Academic Detailing program which provides evidence-based, unbiased education to physicians on the various treatments and pharmaceuticals available to treat certain diseases.  The Academic Detailing program has been developing an HIV education module which is close to completion.  The hearing will provide an update on the progress in creating and preparations for implementing the HIV education module.


11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public Education and Awareness Fair in the Wilson Building Atrium:

Community-based organizations, advocacy groups, clinics, and providers will be on hand to distribute awareness, prevention, and treatment information and materials.


2 p.m. Committee on Health Hearing: Seniors and HIV Legislation and Continuing Medical Education Requirements for Health Care Professionals:

The Committee will hold a public hearing, also in Room 500, on two bills introduced by Councilmember Catania that expand HIV/AIDS education and awareness.   The “HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Program Establishment Act of 2011” incorporates HIV/AIDS education into continuing education requirements for physicians, physician assistants, and nurses. The bill ensures that the city’s healthcare workforce has the tools it needs to respond to the ever-changing epidemic in the District of Columbia. The “Senior HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Program Establishment Act of 2011” creates a peer-to-peer HIV/AIDS educational outreach program for seniors within the Department of Health. These senior peer educators would provide presentations and conduct workshops in senior centers, nursing and retirement homes, before civic and social groups, and at religious centers.


3:30 pm AIDS 2012 Briefing by Local Secretariat:

Local organizers of the AIDS 2012 will provide a briefing on the conference in Room 123 of the Wilson building. The briefing will include information on volunteer opportunities for members of the public.


The District of Columbia’s response to its HIV/AIDS epidemic has earned praise from public health and advocacy communities alike and, according to the most recent city-wide study, is showing significant improvement in key areas in combating the disease. The events at the Wilson Building will be an opportunity for the public to learn about the disease, its impact on the community, ways to prevent the disease, and HIV/AIDS –related programs and organizations serving District residents.

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