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500 TEENS ATTEND Lutheran Family Health Centers WORLD AIDS DAY EVENT

"Brooklyn and Beyond" event aimed to educate teens and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS

December 10, 2007, Brooklyn, New York…
In honor of World AIDS Day, the Lutheran Family Health Centers' Special Care Immunology Services (SCIS), hosted an HIV education event at the High School for Service and Learning at Erasmus H.S. Campus.

The "Brooklyn and Beyond" themed event was attended by more than 500 students and was aimed at raising awareness, educating teens, and promoting leadership to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Lutheran Family Health Centers' staff including Dr. Fernando Carnavali, Lutheran's Designated AIDS Center medical director, peer advocates, and medical staff from within the Family Health Center network and school health program provided the latest information about HIV prevention, testing, and awareness.

The event also included raffle prizes and a variety of guest speakers who shared personal stories and discussed their visions of adolescent health in Brooklyn. Additional attendees and contributors included New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker; New York City Councilman Mathieu Eugene; Christobal Jacques, prevention specialist, N.Y.C Department of Mental Health and Hygiene; SUNY Downstate Medical Center HEAT Program; Jacobi Hospital's Adolescent Program, and HIV positive youth representatives.

Erasmus is the most recent addition to the Lutheran Family Health Centers school health program. Since 1984, the Lutheran Family Health Centers network has operated one of the largest school based health programs, providing comprehensive medical, mental health and dental services in through 14 school health centers sites.

Lutheran Family Health Centers' Special Care Immunology Services (SCIS) clinic is the only N.Y.S Department of Health Designated AIDS Center in southwest Brooklyn. Lutheran's SCIS program provides culturally sensitive, comprehensive HIV/AIDS medical and social services.


The Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), based in Sunset Park, is a federally qualified community-based ambulatory health care system affiliated with Lutheran HealthCare. Governed by the Sunset Park Health Council, Inc., and serving southwest Brooklyn, LFHC is one of the largest health center networks in the country. With nine full-time community health centers, eight medical partnerships, 14 school-based health centers and community programs, including three WIC programs, adult and family literacy programs, three child care centers and a family wellness center, the network has served as Brooklyn's medical home for more than 40 years. Visit LHC's new online newsroom at /Newsfor the latest events and happenings.

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