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Service Learning: A Community Strategy for HIV Prevention

AIDS is the leading cause of death among all Americans aged 25 to 44. More alarming, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two of the six leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States for persons aged 10 to 24 are sexual behaviors and alcohol/other drug use--behaviors that are directly related to the transmission of HIV.

What can community colleges do to slow the spread of HIV? We can educate teenagers and their parents--the community, all of whom could get AIDS and some of whom are already living with AIDS. We can be a convener of community organizations that are also engaged in HIV-prevention activities. We can be "change agents" through our campus policies, special programs, and curricula.

This teleconference marked the beginning of a five-year cooperative agrement between AACC and CDC. The goal of the Bridges to Healthy Communities project is to help community colleges develop and implement programs and services that will address this serious national health issue. Thus, in this teleconference you will learn about what some community colleges are doing, particularly with service learning and HIV prevention. You will also learn how to become part of the AACC project. Through this video, we hope for an ongoing conversation on your campus about how best to promote the health of our communities, prevent the spread of HIV infection, and more fully respect and care for those who are already HIV-infected. Why not order it today!

You may order online, by phone, or mail:, 1/800-250-6557, PMDS, PO Box 311, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. Order# 6011, $20 (AACC members); $30 (non-members).

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