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Karen Bennett, BTAN Louisiana: Growing Professional Networks

July 17, 2012

Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett

I'm delighted to be selected to attend the International AIDS Conference and to have the opportunity to meet many people who work in HIV/AIDS and PLWHA from around the world. Collaborating with people outside of Louisiana will arm me both with more knowledge and information about interventions being carried out in other states.

It's important for African Americans to learn more about HIV, which is a growing epidemic in Louisiana and disproportionately affects African Americans. There are many challenges that Black Americans face every day -- high rates of STDs, lack of HIV knowledge, late diagnoses and the use of drugs and alcohol, for example, which are major issues.

I would like to participate in the professional development aspect of the conference so that I can learn to assist my clients in a wider array of ways. I also want to enhance my abilities to network with a variety of professionals -- from scientists to policy makers and health educators -- from around the world. When I return home I will apply and share the skills and information I learn with my colleagues in the field, which will help my peers and me to develop a more advanced understanding of HIV/AIDS.

Karen Bennett is a client specialist at Priority Health Care, Inc. in Marrero, Louisiana, near New Orleans.



  
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This article was provided by Black AIDS Institute. It is a part of the publication Black AIDS Weekly. Visit Black AIDS Institute's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
 
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