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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

HISTORIC NATIONAL LATINO HISPANIC AIDS SUMMIT CONCLUDED IN UNITY, COMMITMENT AND EMBRASSING a NATIONAL AIDS ACTION AGENDA IN RESPONSE TO THE AIDS EMERGENCY AMONG HISPANICS NATIONWIDE

 

300 participants at the Summit marked a milestone of unity to address the impact of HIV/AIDS



Washington, DC, Thursday, January 31, 2008 -THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL LATINO/HISPANIC AIDS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT CONCLUDED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 IN WASHINGTON, D.C. The summit participants adopted a national AIDS action agenda, with an action plan developed by a national network that agrees to meet again in the year 2010. The Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Network is coordinated by a national steering committee that will follow up and move forward with an action plan to revert this public health crisis.

 

At the Summit several speakers praised the historical meaning of the Latino AIDS leadership summit, Mr. Christopher H. Bates, Acting Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy at the US Department of Health and Human Services, affirmed the significance of coming together in response to this crisis. Several US Representatives in Congress, including Joe Baca, Hilda Solis, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Donna Christensen and Luis Gutierrez express the significance of coming together in response to this alarming reality among Hispanic communities.

 

Patricia Osorio, Co-Chair of Alianza Contral el SIDA, Los Angeles, and member of the National Board Committee, states "United we can defeat this crisis in our Latino communities, our Summit is a symbol of hope in our fight against AIDS," Summit participants express a resolution in solidarity to the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Puerto Rico and called for all parties involved to work together to pursue an immediate solution.

 

Dennis de Leon, President of Latino Commission on AIDS, states, "I am convinced that our leadership Summit will contribute in the fight against HIV/AIDS and our Latino AIDS Action Agenda will guide actions to improve prevention, access to medical care, and treatments for our communities."

 

Our National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Agenda, a document, will be presented to Federal, State and Local Legislators, Federal Agencies, State and Local Health Departments, Private and Corporate Founders, Community Based Organizations and Media Outlets. "The release of this Agenda and action plan is an opportunity to renew our commitment to put an end to this epidemic," declared, Catalina Sol, HIV/AIDS Department Director at La Clinica del Pueblo in Washington, DC

 

The Summit process and the AIDS Action Agenda will be linked in efforts by local Hispanic communities across the country to develop active agendas to address the local challenges faced by Latinos in all regions.

 

The National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Agenda is a community effort to create a current HIV/AIDS action agenda that identifies the key needs of Hispanics on care and prevention, sets out specific recommendations, mobilizes Hispanic leadership and produces an increase in access to services, resources and better quality of life. For more information visit: www.latinoaidsagenda.org.

 

 

 
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The Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Agenda wishes to acknowledge the generous support from Abbott Laboratories that made possible organizing the National Latino AIDS Leadership Summit and the development of the Latino AIDS Action Agenda.