Being Alive 1997 Jul 5: 9
Since February 1988, Mark Katz, MD has been presenting the
monthly Medical Updates for the membership of Being Alive and
the community in general, providing a vital source of education
and treatment information. We are proud to have Mark as a part
of our family and are pleased to have seen the program grow
from its modest beginnings at Barlow Hospital, to the program
it is now. The Medical Updates reach thousands of people each
year through the written summaries in our monthly Newsletter,
which has a circulation of 15,000, videotape and its broadcast
on cable access stations.
Being Alive recently joined forces with AIDS Project Los
Angeles and LA Shanti to collaborate on the future monthly
Medical Updates, to further strengthen the program, and to
ensure that the information is reaching the greatest number of
people in the community. Mark invited representatives from
Being Alive, AIDS Project Los Angeles and LA Shanti to discuss
ways in which we could further build upon the program and
In order to adequately do this, we created a Medical Update
survey to assess the needs of our membership and the community,
which went out in our May Newsletter, as well as in LA Shanti
and APLA mailings. We have had a tremendous response, receiving
over 700 completed Medical Update surveys, and we are currently
reviewing the results to determine which direction we should
"HIV Matters: A Monthly Medical Update" will be the new title
for our future Medical Updates. Mark has and will be
instrumental in this new and exciting development. "I'm very
excited about the opportunity for a shared vision by the three
organizations. They are three organizations I have worked with
closely and have admired over the years," said Katz.
The next Medical Update, July 21, will mark Being Alive's 108th
Medical Update, presided over and presented by Mark Katz, MD.
Unfortunately, Mark will be cutting back his participation, as
the monthly presenter to a quarterly basis, due to other
commitments. To express our gratitude to Mark for his passion
and dedication to Being Alive as well as the entire community,
we will have a celebration at the 108th Medical Update, July 21
at AIDS Project Los Angeles, in Studio 8.
Please join us July 21, to thank Mark Katz for his unwavering
commitment and support.
Aleece Dimas is Being Alive's Volunteer and Program Coordinator.