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RI Director of Public Health to Chair AIDS Walk RI Event

Friday, August 28, 2015

 

Nicole Alexander-Scott

Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the State's Director of Public Health, will be an honorary chair of the annual AIDS Walk RI that is happening  on Sunday, September 13. The walk starts and ends at the Rhode Island State House and begins a noon  with registration and a speaking program. The two mile walk begins at 1 p.m.

“From 2013 to 2014 in Rhode Island, the number of newly identified cases of HIV increased by nearly 33%. These data send a clear signal that despite the progress we have made in reducing HIV over the years, there is more work to do. We are fortunate in Rhode Island to have great partnerships among state agencies and community-based organizations like APRI to continue our efforts to educate, test, and treat for HIV. The data remind us that we cannot become complacent," said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of Health.

Participants in the walk will raise funds for public awareness, advocacy, testing and comprehensive services for people living which HIV/AIDS.

Free, fast, and anonymous HIV testing will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will also be a performance from the Providence Gay Men's Chorus, the AIDS Quilt will be displayed, and and free food and activities will be available.

GoLocalProv is one of the sponsors of the walk.

For more information, click here.

 

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