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Efforts Address HIV/AIDS, Hypertension In Black Community, Minorities

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Florida HIV/AIDS Forum: The forum, hosted by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) on July 28, seeks to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in the black community, the Broward Times reports. The forum, titled "Reclaiming Our Community: Combating HIV/AIDS in Our Backyard," will feature a panel of experts who will address the HIV/AIDS crisis (Lamar, Broward Times, 7/20).

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Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans: The commission on Thursday announced an initiative that over the next five years will seek to address issues that face black residents, including health care, education and housing, KCCI News Channel 8 reports (KCCI News Channel 8, 7/26). Through the initiative, called the Ongoing Covenant with Black Iowa, city and child care workers, business leaders, clergy and young adults will discuss issues facing the black community, according to Abraham Funchess, the commission's top administrator. The initiative will be active in nine Iowa cities: Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Sioux City and Waterloo (Gearino, Sioux City Journal, 7/27).

Portland State University: PSU launched a program, sponsored by Multnomah County, that will train men in the black community to educate their peers about hypertension, the Oregonian reports. Ten men will be trained to offer blood pressure screenings and then encouraged to administer them to five other men in the community. Program staff will monitor the trainees to determine if they had an effect on the community and if behaviors have changed (Hannah-Jones, Oregonian, 7/21).

Wachovia Foundation: The Wachovia Foundation, the charitable arm of Wachovia, has announced that it will grant $75,000 to the University of North Carolina-Pembroke's Department of Nursing, the Robesonian reports. For three years, the grant will help fund a program, "Bridging the Gap," which seeks to recruit and support diversity in nursing education and the work force (Robesonian, 7/23).