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Rural Health Outreach program director represents Texas at HIV summit

Thursday, June 19, 2008

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Media Contacts:
Susan March
Susan Slupecki

ARLINGTON - Sylvia Alonzo Rawlings, director of the Rural Health Outreach Program at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing, was one of two members who recently represented the Texas Community Planning Group (TxCPG) of the Department of State Health Services at the HIV Prevention Leadership Summit (HPLS) in Detroit.

The HPLS meeting brought together leaders in HIV prevention from all U.S. jurisdictions (50 states and eight U.S. territories) to exchange information that enhances program planning and management. The sessions addressed prevention needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, counseling and testing and creating effective linkages between prevention and care. Topics during the four-day summit included: “HIV Prevention Policy Initiatives: What will it Take to Turn the Tide on the U.S. HIV/AIDS Epidemic?” and, “The Future of HIV Prevention.”

The TxCPG (Texas Community Planning Group) is convened by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) with mandates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work in coordination with the DSHS to guide and improve HIV/STD prevention activities across Texas. Those chosen to attend the meeting in Detroit are asked to report back to their group on current events, policies and trends in HIV/STD prevention.

Rawlings is a past-president of the Texas Rural Health Association and Director of the Rural Health Outreach Program and serves as chair of the TxCPG Bylaws and Membership Committee and the Executive Committee.

The Rural Health Outreach Program (RHOP) was established by the School of Nursing in 1975 to fulfill a need for readily available continuing education for nurses in rural Texas. The RHOP now offers its high-quality, low-cost educational services to more than 150 counties throughout Texas.

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