The University Record, March 11, 1997

"AIDS Moves In" conference is Friday

The University is hosting "AIDS Moves In," a free, public conference focusing on AIDS as a family problem, 1-4 p.m. Friday (March 14) in Rackham Amphitheater.

"Clearly, AIDS is a family problem," says conference organizer Jane A. Hassinger, clinical therapist and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Feminist Practice. "Women and children represent the fastest growing group of newly reported AIDS cases. It is estimated that by the year 2000, there will be more than 80,000 children orphaned by HIV. Nearly 75 percent of those infected are women of color and 90 percent of them have dependent children."

Panel members will review specific interventions and crucial areas for cooperation among mental health practitioners, healthcare providers and educators so they can better meet the medical, psychological and social needs of HIV-infected women and children.

Panelists include:

 

Kathleen Gerus, member of President Clinton's HIV/AIDS Advisory Council and chair of the board of directors of the National Hemophilia Foundation.

 

Jill Joseph, epidemiologist, pediatrician and family practioner at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, New York. Joseph is a U-M alumna.

 

Mary Ann Hoffman, associate professor and co-director, Counseling Psychology Program, University of Maryland. Hoffman is the author of Counseling Clients with HIV Disease.

The conference is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Program in Feminist Practice in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender; the Department of Psychology; the Women's Studies Program; the schools of Social Work, Public Health and Nursing; the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies; and the Center for the Education of Women. For more information, call Hassinger, 332-1866, or send e-mail to jahass@umich.edu.