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Illinois: HIV Conference at University of Chicago Looks at Problem in Minority Communities

November 12, 2012

A conference titled "Social and Structural Determinants of HIV Infections among Minority Populations" will take place at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration (SSA), 969 E. 60th St., Chicago, on November 16 and 17. The conference will examine the growing problem of HIV/AIDS among blacks, Latinos, and imprisoned populations. The STI/HIV Intervention Network (SHINE), based at SSA, has organized the two-day event. The network pioneers innovative biomedical, behavioral, and structural initiatives to reduce HIV infections among vulnerable populations, including men who have sex with men, people who are incarcerated, and minority youth.

Dexter Voisin, Associate Professor at SSA and the principal investigator for SHINE, will present at the conference, as will Alida Bouris, Assistant Professor at SSA; Matthew Epperson, Assistant Professor at SSA; Stuart Michaels, Senior Research Scientist at the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago; and John Schneider, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Medicine. Additional speakers from the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, Northwestern and Loyola Universities, and a number of community partners will also make presentations. Dr. Robert Fullilove, Professor and Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, will deliver the keynote address -- "Mass Incarceration as a Social Driver of HIV/AIDS in the United States" -- on November 16.

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