2011-09-16 / Top Stories

Removing HIV/AIDS Stigma, Barriers


Deacon Stillwell at last week’s event. Photo taken by Sean K. Frett. Deacon Stillwell at last week’s event. Photo taken by Sean K. Frett. On September 10, at St. John Baptist Church Samaritan Hands Center, Director Jimmy Stillwell and Tom Denard, director of the Man-to-Man project, presented a conference on removing the stigma, discrimination and barriers to health care associated with HIV and AIDS. This was in conjunction with NYU Langone Medical Center. The community was invited to a health initiative involving blood pressure checks, HIV testing and healthcare information. This workshop was very informative regarding statistics of high blood pressure and HIV in the Rockaways. It also created an atmosphere of encouragement and assistance within the church community.

Participants were also involved in a panel discussion of HIV/AIDS. This was followed with a series of strategies and solutions. The panel included John D. Clarke, MD, FAAFP, a.k.a “The Rapping Doctor,“ a board certified family physician practicing in New York City. Currently, he serves as the Medical Director and Medical Review Officer for the Long Island Rail Road. Dr. Eddie Go, MPH, also a panelist, currently serves as Senior Infectious Disease Specialist at J. P. Addabbo Family Health Center in Arverne.

In addition, New York Life representative Nathaniel Goldman was on this panel of medical experts to include life insurance options for participants in the workshop. Goldman has been an established career agent and insurance professional with the NY Life Insurance Company for 12 years. He has attained the designation of Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow. Goldman specializes in the accumulation and protection of family and business assets. St. John Baptist Church has an active health ministry and welcomes anyone looking for assistance.

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