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The Missouri AIDS Task Force will hold a regional meeting on Thursday, May 21st at the American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter in Springfield. KSMU’s Alvin Chen reports.
Colleen Carpenter is with the Missouri AIDS Task Force. She says the meeting in Springfield is one of the five gatherings that will be held throughout the state over the coming months. The meeting will develop a public policy agenda that will improve the lives and health of people living with HIV/AIDS.
The event on that day will begin with an advocacy training, followed by a policy development forum. Both of these events are free and open to the public. Then, people living with HIV/AIDS will gather for a private roundtable discussion.
Carpenter says people that are invited to attend the meeting include people living with HIV/AIDS, service providers, advocates and more.
The Missouri AIDS Task Force is a statewide organization beginning in last year. The purpose of the organization is to raise awareness about the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Missouri, reduce the stigma often associated with the disease, and improve relevant federal, state and local policies and laws.
Again, the event is happening on Thursday, May 21st.
For KSMU News, I'm Alvin Chen.