Communities of color, including black, Latino and Asian, continue to be disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Miami metropolitan area, with the highest HIV/AIDS rate among minorities in the nation, is no exception.  In fact, county statistics show that ethnic minorities are the clear majority of HIV/AIDS cases, with nine out of every 10 diagnoses being black, Latino or Asian.

 

“HIV prevention and treatment must address the diverse communities affected by the HIV epidemic,” said Dr. Michael Kolber, Director of the Comprehensive AIDS Program at the University of Miami. “Health providers need to focus on groups at greatest risk, and provide care that is relevant to the patients, in terms of culture, community standards, and language.”

To address this definitive health crisis, the Johns Hopkins University Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care developed Optimizing Care for Minority Patients with HIV/AIDS. This educational initiative brings together nationally recognized HIV experts with local HIV/AIDS support and care groups to provide a symposium for health providers who care for patients with HIV/AIDS.

“Ethnic minority patients face an array of challenges when it comes to diagnosing and managing HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. Mary Catherine Beach of The Johns Hopkins University, and one of the initiative’s course directors. “There are societal and health system obstacles that preclude these patients from receiving optimal care. We designed this initiative to help providers in the Miami area address these challenges and improve the care they provide.”

In cooperation with the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education & Training Center and the University of Miami AIDS Program, the symposium will be held on September 18th at The Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables from 8 am to 3 pm. There will be lectures from HIV experts, faculty-audience debate and discussions, and workshops.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to earn CME/CE credits.

For more information, please visit Cme-hiv.com or contact Daniel Guinee at 908-253-9001.

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