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Junior High Students Lend Support To Stony Brook's Center For Public Health Education For HIV/AIDS Training
Gelinas National Junior Honor Society Contributes Donation, Plans Further Support

STONY BROOK, N.Y., February 18, 2011 – A group of National Junior Honor Society students from Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School in Setauket pooled their resources to donate $150 to the Center for 

lvan Arroyo, Associate Director, Center for Public Health Education, Stony Brook University, received a $150 check from Rosalie Messina, President of the National Junior Honor Society at Paul .J. Gelinas Junior High School, and her fellow Honor Society students. The donation helps fund HIV/AIDS education. Also pictured: Principal Gustave Hueber (in back) and Student Advisor Chantal Salzano (on right).

Public Health Education (CPHE), a Health Sciences program through the School of Health Technology and Management at Stony Brook University. The gift will be used for educational materials needed for the CPHE’s mission of providing timely information on HIV/AIDS to support health and human service professionals.

Each month the Honor Society students contribute to or donate their time and talents to various causes in the community. In future months, they hope to build upon their December 2010 donation to the CPHE in recognition of national AIDS Awareness month.

“The thoughtful gift from these students will certainly help our program to educate and train hundreds of professionals in our region who care for HIV/AIDS patients,” says Ilvan Arroyo, Associate Director of the CPHE. “Understanding new health concerns and changes regarding treatment and care of these patients are essential for practitioners, and training provides the means necessary for them to stay up-to-date.”

Arroyo says that while the CPHE’s HIV/AIDS education and training is ongoing, the Center will hold a special training for physicians who practice at the Suffolk County Department of Health’s Health Centers this coming spring. The training will be held within Stony Brook’s Health Science Center on May 11. Topics of training include HIV and substance abuse, HIV and alcohol abuse, and mental illnesses related to HIV/AIDS.

About the Center for Public Health Education at Stony Brook University
Established in 1984, the Center for Public Health Education (CPHE) is a program of the School of Health Technology and Management at Stony Brook University. The Center provides free training on critical and relevant information on HIV/AIDS related topics. The program is funded under three separate grants: the Health Resources and Services Administration grant as part of the New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center; N.Y. State Department of Health AIDS Institute Regional Training Center Initiative, and the N.Y. State DOH Center of Expertise in HIV Case Management. To date approximately 47,000 individuals have been trained by the CPHE.



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