The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota is very pleased to announce the release of the Fall 2011 issue of Healthy Generations on MCH in the New Era of HIV. Print copies will arrive in your mailbox in the next couple of weeks. If you are not on our mailing list, or would like to request additional (free) copies for yourself or your organization, please send an email to Jan Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for additional copies will be distributed in November. If you are not on our mailing list, and would like to be added, please send a request to email@example.com.
Letter from the editor: There is perhaps no more compelling a public health story than that of the HIV/AIDS epidemic spanning the past thirty years. While we have seen significant advances in the surveillance, treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, the story is far from over. Public health, clinical care and social service professionals, advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS and their allies have fought for treatment (and prevention) equity, to end stigma and discrimination, to ensure more inclusive (and just) approaches in the development and implementation of policies, programs and research. Yet more than 70 countries still criminalize homosexuality and there remains an organized campaign against providing comprehensive sexuality education to our nations school children and young adults. How far have we come as a nation that we continue to make our most vulnerable populations fight for the right to be seen, heard, and treated?
We present this issue with gratitude to the contributing authors and to the many public health, MCH and allied professionals charged with providing ongoing leadership in service to the public’s health. This collection of articles offers an exploration of some of the issues that persist for MCH populations in this new era of HIV. It is our hope that MCH professionals across the service spectrum will find something of interest to them in this volume. The articles presented here reflect only a small piece of the story, and the collection is admittedly far from complete. Over the next few weeks we will continue the discussion here on our blog, where we invite your ongoing feedback, contributions and comments.
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