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LIU Brooklyn Hosts Conference on HIV

NYC assistant health commissioner to deliver keynote address at Oct. 19 event


Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

Brooklyn, N.Y. – The challenges in communicating with HIV patients and their families is among the core topics to be discussed during an all-day HIV conference at LIU Brooklyn on Oct. 19.

New York City Assistant Health Commissioner M. Monica Sweeney — the author of Condom Sense: A Guide to Sexual Survival in the New Millennium — will give the keynote address at the free all-day conference, “HIV: New Society Challenges -- From Diagnosis to Aging,” to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LIU Brooklyn’s Metcalfe Hall, located at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush avenues.

The event is sponsored by Selfhelp Community Services in collaboration with LIU Brooklyn’s School of Health Professions’ “Brooklyn’s Health” series and Brooklyn AIDS Task Force. Topics will be of interest to those affected by HIV and those who provide care to HIV patients. Continuing education credit will be awarded to those who attend the conference.

Dr. Sweeney, M.D., M.P.H., works in the health department’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. She will speak on “What Everyone Needs to Know about HIV – From Novice to Expert.” A strong advocate for preventive medicine, she contends that “Health is not a priority in America. There are so many people with lives that are marginalized that health only gets attended to when it is threatened.”

In her current position since 2007, Dr. Sweeney oversees a comprehensive effort to improve HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and case management. She has managed the expansion of the NYC Condom Campaign and the launch of the Bronx testing campaign. She has also overseen the first effort since 1981 to estimate HIV incidence – the annual number of new infections – in New York City. Dr. Sweeney has also served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, as president of the Kings County Medical Society, and as co-chair of the Physician Prevention Advisory Council, a project of the New York State Health Department’s AIDS Institute.

Highlights of the conference include, “Challenges in Communicating with HIV Patients and Their Families” led by Dr. Amandia Speakes-Lewis, LIU Brooklyn assistant professor and coordinator of the M.S.W. degree program; “Selfhelp Special Family Home Care” with Phyllis Wahrmann, RN, administrator, Selfhelp Community Services; and “Innovations in HIV Prevention: A Discussion of PEP and PrEP,” Antonio E. Urbina, M.D., associate medical director, Center for Comprehensive Care, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.

Future events in the “Brooklyn’s Health” Series — each will take place at LIU Brooklyn — are listed below. The events listed as “Campus-Community Course Connections” are part of actual M.P.H. classes. Series participants will engage with students, guest experts, and M.P.H. faculty in a School of Health Professions classroom.

  • Friday, Oct. 19 — “HIV: New Society Challenges -- From Diagnosis to Aging.” (8 a.m.-4 p.m., Metcalfe Hall)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 — “How Policies that Influence Health are Made,” featuring local legislators discussing the controversial role of policies in changing health behavior. (6-7:30 p.m., H.S., Room 107)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30 – “Bike Lanes in Brooklyn,” part of the Public Health Advocacy, Policy, and Leadership course. A Campus-Community Course Connection event. (6-7:30 p.m., H.S., Room 230)
  • Thursday, Nov. 8 — “Food, Fitness and Fun: How Brooklyn Fights Diabetes.” (11 a.m. -7 p.m. in the Arnold & Marie Schwartz Athletic Center in Metcalfe Hall)
  • Monday, Nov. 12 — “Give Peace a Chance: War as a Public Health Issue” examines the impact of war on the soldiers and their families, the countries involved and world at large. A Campus-Community Course Connection event. (6-7:30 p.m., H.S., room 316)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20 – “Domestic Workers/New Labor,” will examine workers’ Bill of Rights A Campus-Community Course Connection event. (6-7:30 p.m., H.S., room 230)

For further information or to register, call 718-488-1256 or visit http://brooklynshealth

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dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 09/27/2012

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