To The Editor:
On behalf of the members of the Mayor’s Task Force on HIV/AIDS, I would like to thank Mayor Ellen Zoppo Sassu, Health Director Marco Palmieri, the Connecticut AIDS Education Training Center and the Bristol Public Library for their support and assistance in ensuring that the annual HIV Educational Forum was a success.
The Mayor’s Task Force on HIV/AIDS was established over 28 years ago when Mayor John Leone supported its creation upon recognizing the epidemic’s effects on Bristol. The Task Force has been able to grow and continue its work of education and prevention with the support of elected officials, public agencies, private citizens and organizations within Bristol.
This year’s forum, held at the main library on April 17, provided health care and social service professionals with important updates regarding HIV/AIDS. Kathy Tummillo, APRN, and Seja Jackson, APRN, covered topics including a timeline of where we were in the 1980’s through the broad variety of treatments offered today.
Hartford City Councilwoman and Health Equity consultant, Claudine Fox, spoke about health care disparities. Dr. Arti Barnes provided a concise overview of the significant problems of Hepatitis C and its increased effects on a person who is co-infected with HIV and Mark Jenkins offered a very intense presentation on the need to provide harm reduction methods for people who continue to use drugs.
Without the support of the mayor, the Bristol Burlington Health District and the space at the public library, this event would not have the success that it does year after year. We are lucky to have such support and make available such important information for Bristol’s care givers and those outside its borders as well.
The Task Force meets once a month and welcomes new members. Please contact the chairperson, Valerie Ingram at Human Resources Agency, 860-826-4741, ext. 2803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura S Minor
Member, Bristol Mayor’s Task Force on HIV/AIDS