New White House AIDS policy director will speak at National Episcopal AIDS Coalition conference

September 16, 2002

Dr. Joseph O'Neill, who was appointed director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy in July, will speak at a conference sponsored by the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition October 11-12 in Austin, Texas.

O'Neill is responsible for guiding national health policy on care, treatment and financing for those living with HIV/AIDS, and access for medically underserved populations. A member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he served in several government agencies dealing with related issues, as well as a community AIDS clinic in Baltimore.

Bishop Claude Payne of Texas will officiate at the healing service that traditionally closes NEAC conferences at St. David's Church in Austin. The conference will also offer a variety of workshops, including those that deal with the Lutheran AIDS Network, a co-sponsor of the conference, and a discussion on AIDS and the spirit, led by the Rev. Richard Younge of Seattle, former chair of NEAC. Another session will talk about a needle exchange program in Dallas led by Myrna and Jack Taylor; a discussion of the Latino AIDS Prevention Project in Los Angeles, led by Jack Plimpton; and a session on the need for greater HIV/AIDS education for older Americans, led by the Rev. C. William Frampton, co-chair of NEAC.

Another topic will be fundraising for AIDS service organizations in light of a drop-off in contributions in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and a discussion of the impact of the pandemic in America's rural communities.

For registration information, call NEAC at 800-588-6628 or e-mail at neac@neac.org.

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