Resolution J5103-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 8, 2014, Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York

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  • May 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 20, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 14, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim June 8, 2014, Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in  the
State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of National Carib-
bean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
days  that  are set aside to increase awareness of serious public health
issues that affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 8, 2014, Caribbean  Ameri-
can HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with
the  observance  of  National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day;
and
  WHEREAS, The annual Caribbean  American  HIV/AIDS  Awareness  Day  was
created  to  provide Caribbean Americans with resources, HIV/AIDS health
education, evaluation, and opportunities for involvement; the goal is to
ensure that the Caribbean Regions cultivate a  health  conscious  atmos-
phere within their communities; and
  WHEREAS,  On  June  8th,  cities around the United States will sponsor
diverse activities to create awareness of the state of HIV/AIDS and  the
health  status of Caribbean Americans within their specific communities;
and
  WHEREAS, This day is a part of a National effort to  ensure  Caribbean
Americans  get  educated,  evaluated,  treated  and  involved with their
health decisions, as HIV/AIDS continues to negatively affect the  Carib-
bean population; and
  WHEREAS,  A  2008  study  found  that  an estimated 240,000 people are
living with HIV in the  Caribbean  region,  while  an  estimated  20,000
people  newly  infected  and some 12,000 died of AIDS-related illnesses;
and
  WHEREAS, The Caribbean has been more heavily affected by HIV than  any
region  outside  sub-Saharan  Africa and has the second highest level of
adult HIV prevalence; the Caribbean has a mix of generalized and concen-
trated epidemics, and women account for about half of all infections  in
the Caribbean; HIV prevalence is especially high among young women; and
  WHEREAS,  National  Caribbean  American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be
directed, planned and organized by a working group of national organiza-
tions  in  partnership  with  the  Centers  for  Disease   Control   and
Prevention;  the goal of this partnership is to mobilize communities and
address specific issues in regard to local epidemics, health disparities
and best practices that are science based and will influence the  course
of HIV in Caribbean American communities across our nation; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this serious public health issue, and more  must  be  done  to  increase
activity at the local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 8, 2014, Caribbean
American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction
with the observance of National Caribbean  American  HIV/AIDS  Awareness
Day; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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