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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
ILLINOIS: SHINE A Light--Empower Youth to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases
By Julie Jung
November 6, 2013 (10.31.2013)

An article by HealthCanal reported on a conference entitled “Building Bold Innovative Partnerships to Prevent and Reduce STIs/HIV Among Youth,” to be held November 8 in Chicago. Organizers, which include the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) and several community groups, hope this free event will urge action on the crisis of STDs and HIV among today’s youth. “We want this to be more than a conference where people listen to interesting talks and then leave. We want our sessions to be discussions among people who are vitally interested in this issue and we hope those conversations prompt more networking and follow-up,” said Dexter Voisin, an SSA professor. Voisin, also a principal investigator for SSA’s SHINE Network, is organizing the conference along with Alida Bouris, an SSA assistant professor and SHINE co-principal investigator. Expert- and community leader-directed workshops will include topics such as: “Youth and Community Violence,” “Youth and Mental Health,” “New Media,” and “Adapting Evidence-based Interventions for Youth.” Judy Auerbach, a University of California, San Francisco adjunct professor who has published and presented widely in the fields of AIDS, health research, and science policy, will give the keynote address, “Social Drivers of STI/HIV Infections Among Youth.” According to Kischa Hampton, director of conference sponsor Access Community Health Network, “The SHINE Conference is an educational and informative forum of professionals sharing expertise about the selected topics on each panel. This year the focus on youth is great, considering a great majority of Access’[s] HIV infection rate is attributed to young people and young black men having sex with men.” Registration is required. For more information and to register, go to: Additional sponsors include the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago; the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination; Ci3; the Gary Comer Youth Center; the University of Chicago Center for Health Administration Studies; the University of Chicago Medicine Urban Health Initiative; and the University of Chicago Urban Network.