Director of Continuing Education Vincent Lynch was one of 75 invitees to the conference, "Youth and HIV Prevention Policy: New Directions," held Nov. 30 at the Academy for Educational Development. Sponsored by the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, the event was organized to coincide with the international observance of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, and to mark the beginning of the alliance's HOPE (Health, Opportunities, Prevention and Education) Campaign for Youth.
"The theme for World AIDS Day this year was on youth, and the conference and the HOPE Campaign both reflect this area of concern," said Lynch, citing figures by AIDS Alliance that half of all new HIV infections are thought to occur in youth under 25, primarily among youth of color.
Lynch has been a key organizer of an annual national conference on AIDS and HIV issues in social work that has attracted hundreds of practitioners and researchers. He also helped to establish the National Research and Training Center on Social Work and HIV/AIDS at Boston College.
Scott Evertz, director of the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy, gave the keynote address. Other speakers included representatives from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private human service organizations.
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