Savannah State To Observe Black AIDS Awareness Day

Terry Hamilton, assistant vice-president for Corporate Planning Services and director of HIV Services for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, will be the special guest speaker for Savannah State University’s (SSU) “Get in the Know” Black Aids Awareness Day. Two presentations are scheduled: 11 a.m., Feb. 6, SSU Social Sciences Building Room 115 and 6:30 p.m., Feb. 7, St. Phillip AME Church, 613 MLK Jr. Blvd., presented by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival and SSU Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Also, free HIV testing will be available 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the SSU King-Frazier Student Center ballroom.

In her role, Hamilton is responsible for managing and setting policy for the HIV-related activities of 11 acute-care hospitals – each a New York State Department of Health certified designated AIDS center – and six diagnostic and treatment centers. This program is second largest to the Veterans Administration and provides HIV care to 19,000 persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Hamilton has worked in the HIV/AIDS community nationally since 1989 to deliver HIV primary care and support services for minorities. Outside her profession, Hamilton was the first Roman Catholic Director of Ecumenical Development for Church Women United, the first African American President of the National Assembly of Religious Women and former associate member of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

For more information, contact Johnnie Dumas Myers, Ph.D., at 912-358- 3227.

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