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NIMH sponsors community forum on AIDS in Los Angeles

NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is co-sponsoring a community meeting to help families learn about skills they can use to prevent and cope with HIV/AIDS. The July 25, 2001 forum, at the Charles R. Drew Magnet High School at 1601 East 120th Street, Los Angeles, is open to the public and runs from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Featured speakers include U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., Steven E. Hyman, M.D., Director, NIMH; Irvin Chen, M.D., Director, AIDS Research Institute, University of California at Los Angeles; and Charles Francis, M.D., President, The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Satcher will deliver the keynote address at 10:15 am.

Co-Chairs of the forum are Eric Bing, M.D., Drew University; Gail E. Wyatt, Ph.D., UCLA; and Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Ph.D., UCLA.

Consensus-building group sessions will also focus on the role of families in reducing crime and violence and preventing drug abuse. A reception will follow.

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NIMH, the lead federal agency responsible for research to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, is one of 26 components that make up the National Institutes of Health, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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