Hempstead, NY—On Friday, November 18, 2011, from 9:00AM – 1:30PM, approximately 250 youth from across Nassau County will learn about HIV/AIDS and get involved in stopping this global health crisis at the 2011HeartB.E.A.T.S. (Bringing Education about AIDS To Students) Conference at Hofstra University.
The conference is coordinated by the Nassau County HIV Commission Prevention Committee, which includes representatives from Long Island Crisis Center, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, Five Towns Community Center, Nassau Region PTA, the Nassau County Department of Health, and the Nassau County Youth Board.
The Committee brings together a diverse group of agencies to promote HIV prevention in high-risk communities across Nassau County. Their efforts center around the HeartB.E.A.T.S. conference, which is held every year in recognition of World AIDS Day. “HIV is still a reality for more than 1.1 million Americans, and one in every five people living with HIV in the United States doesn’t know it,” said Nancy O’Keefe, Vice President of Health Services at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County. “This conference is an important way to talk to young people about HIV, and to encourage them to be safe and healthy both now and in the future.”
This year’s event features performance-based workshops and interactive educational activities led by local high school students, a performance by R&B recording artist Bobby Nellz and a speakers panel featuring young men and women living with HIV/AIDS.
Among the teen groups that will be performing and leading workshops are: Pride for Youth, Street Outreach Project (Long Island Crisis Center), Youth/Adult Participation Project (Nassau County Youth Board), Leadership Training Institute, Jericho High School HIV peer educators and Planned Parenthood of Nassau County’s Teen Advocate Project.
The HeartB.E.A.T.S. Conference is generously sponsored by Hofstra University, NuHealth Foundation, National Grid, and The Stanley & Marion Bergman Family Charitable Fund.
HeartB.E.A.T.S. also provides a health fair and free, rapid HIV testing for students, faculty and visitors at Hofstra University.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 83 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Nassau County. In 2010, PPNC provided services to more than 13,000 patients during 26,000 visits. We conducted education workshops and street outreach to 28,000 teens and families, and mobilized approximately 5,500 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 78 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC's services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org.