University of Pittsburgh
March 25, 2002

Pitt to Host Teen HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Contact:  412-624-4147

March 25, 2002

PITTSBURGH—The Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) will cosponsor with California University of Pennsylvania a Teen HIV/AIDS Awareness Day from

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the University Club, 121 University Place, as part of "Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS Month."

The event will feature a video presentation, "20 Years of HIV/AIDS," as well as talks by Steven Thomas, director of the Center for Minority Health at Pitt's GSPH, and Ann Denise Sapida, founder of CHAMPS 4 KIDS, a local, grassroots organization that educates children about HIV/AIDS. A panel discussion titled "People Living with HIV/AIDS" will be facilitated by Karen Reddick, an AIDS educator in Pitt's Center for Minority Health.

The event is the result of an HIV/AIDS awareness project created by Kezia Ellison, a Brown University freshman who developed the campaign as part of an assignment through the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Health Sciences.

Allegheny County has designated March as "Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS Month."

The event is free, and parents are encouraged to bring their teenagers.

For more information, please contact Albertha Graham of California University of Pennsylvania at 412/565-2330.