Int Conf AIDS. 1989 Jun 4-9;5:856 (abstract no. T.E.P.56). Unique
OBJECTIVE: To describe a role for an urban university in AIDS education,
research, policy and service. METHODS: The University of Illinois at
Chicago appointed an AIDS Advisory Council in 1987 with the charge:
encourage AIDS-related instruction and prevention programs; promote
research; advise on policy; and develop community outreach. Faculty,
students, employees and administrative members developed an
organizational plan, identified priorities and carried out the charge
through several working groups. RESULTS: Education - highest priority;
distribution of printed AIDS awareness materials; peer education
programs for students. Research - information and interest sharing;
quarterly research forums combine biologic and social scientists;
newsletter listing all AIDS grant programs. Policy - campus level
policy; addressing nondiscrimination, no mandatory testing, educational
programs, and currency with legislation and scientific guidelines.
Service - community outreach and empowerment; forum on AIDS awareness
and resources for community groups in the neighboring area. CONCLUSION:
A university has many technical, leadership and service resources to
utilize in developing an institutional response to the AIDS epidemic.
These resources may be productively shared with the community.
*Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome *Health Education *Health Policy
*Research Universities ABSTRACT