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Call for Abstracts: 2012 National African-American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and Other Health Disparities in New Orleans

August 23, 2011

Atlanta, Georgia -- The conference planning committee for the 9th annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities have officially launch the call for the submission of abstracts, posters, institutes and workshops to be presented at the 2012 Conference. The conference packet contains all the pertinent information for submittal of abstracts for workshops, institutes and poster presentations that can be access online at www.naesm.org. Also, you may click on the following link to access the abstract submission form.

Completed abstracts must be submitted by mailing it to: NAESM; 2012 Conference Abstracts, 2140 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive; Atlanta, GA 30310. Abstracts may also be submitted via email to: ddriffin@naesm.org. Abstract submissions must be received by 6:00 PM EST on October 31, 2011.

This year's conference will explore and cause conversation on a plethora of HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities subject matters important to us and for us in the struggle to understand, share and to provide a foot path to sustain focus for our brothers on what's important now as we move forward engaging the theme "Forward Together: Engaging Our Future Leaders".

Six track topics will be offered in 2012:

Track 1: Executive Directors/Board Development
This track will help Executive Directors and Board members to develop skills, identify resources, network, and identify best practices that support community-based, health service organizations or social justice agencies.

Track 2: Prevention Programs, Community Planning and the 12 City Projects
Participants will learn about the effective program planning and how to strengthen African American parity, inclusion, and representation in the Community Planning process and the 12 City Projects.

Track 3: HIV, STD and other Health Disparities
This track will focus on health disparities and their impact on African American MSM's health, as well as effective care strategies.

Track 4: Advocacy, Community Mobilization and Awareness
This track will address the development, sustainability, and accessibility of effective health promotion services, interventions, and programs, including those that target social justice issues.

Track 5: Youth and Young Adults
This track will address issues and matters that focus on youth and young adults (29 years or younger).

Track 6: Special Interests
This track will focus on topics that address other health disparity issues, either directly or indirectly, that can help remove health burdens from the community, increase self efficacy, or have a general interest in the African American MSM community.

The 2012 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities is slated for January 19 - 22, 2012 at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street in the famous and picturesque French Quarter and the conference will pay homage to and celebrate the memory of Dr. Mark A. Colomb a long standing supporter and a strong advocate in the health disparities arena for African American men. Dr. Colomb was the founder and CEO of My Brother's Keeper up until his untimely death March 24, 2011.




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