Florida: Health Care Conference Targets HIV/AIDS

County statistics show that nine out of 10 HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the Miami metropolitan area involve a patient who is black, Latino or Asian. The particular needs of this patient population are the subject of an educational initiative that will be presented on Sept. 18 in Coral Gables.

The program, "Optimizing Care for Minority Patients with HIV/AIDS," was developed by the Johns Hopkins Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

"Ethnic minority patients face an array of challenges when it comes to diagnosing and managing HIV/AIDS," said Dr. Mary Catherine Beach of Hopkins, who is one of the effort's course directors. "There are societal and health system obstacles that preclude these patients from receiving optimal care. We designed this initiative to help providers in the Miami area address these challenges and improve the care they provide."

Workshops, lectures, and discussions are all part of the program, and attendees will have the opportunity to earn CME/CE credits. Also partnering to present the symposium are the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education & Training Center and the University of Miami AIDS Program. The event will be held at the Westin Colonnade from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, telephone Daniel Guinee at 908-253-9001 or visit www.cme-hiv.com.