Resolution J5108-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 20, 2014, as Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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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 March 20, 2014, as Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in  the  State
of  New  York,  in  conjunction  with  the observance of National Native
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 the residents of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  moved  to  memorialize
Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 20, 2014, as Native HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with  the  obser-
vance of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; and
  WHEREAS, National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) is a national
mobilization  effort  designed  to  encourage Natives (American Indians,
Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians) across the United States and Terri-
torial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved in prevention and
get treated for HIV and AIDS; and
  WHEREAS, The first day of Spring, March 20, was selected as the annual
date to observe NNHAAD by participants in a national survey,  who  chose
it  due  to  the significance of this day in many Native cultures across
the United States; Spring represents a time of equality and  balance  as
the only day when day and night are at equal lengths; it is considered a
time of profound change, new beginnings and birth, a celebration of life
for all people; and
  WHEREAS,  HIV  is  a  public  health issue among the approximately 5.2
million American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the United States,
representing about 1.7% of the population; and
  WHEREAS, The impact of HIV/AIDS in  these  communities  is  dispropor-
tionate  to the size of their population; Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific
Islanders and American Indians/Alaska Natives have the 3rd and 4th high-
est rate of new HIV infections, respectively;  in  2008,  the  rate  was
22.85  per 100,000 persons for Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders,
and 11.9 per 100,000 for American Indians/Alaska  Natives,  compared  to
8.2 per 100,000 for Whites; and
  WHEREAS,  Although  national  estimates show that Native Hawaiians and
other Pacific Islanders are not greatly affected by HIV,  current  esti-
mates  of  HIV  and  AIDS diagnoses among this population may be too low
because of race/ethnicity  misclassification,  potentially  masking  the
real impact of HIV on this population; and
  WHEREAS, Of persons who were diagnosed with AIDS, American Indians and
Alaskan  Natives  with AIDS survived a shorter time than other races and
ethnicities; and
  WHEREAS,  American  Indians/Alaska  Natives   face   significant   HIV
prevention  challenges, including poverty, high rates of STIs, and stig-
ma; and
  WHEREAS, It is crucial that days  such  as  National  Native  HIV/AIDS
Awareness  Day  are observed in order to continue to raise awareness and
eventually halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, not only among American Indians,
Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, but across
all communities throughout the State of New York, the United  States  of
America, and around the world; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to  proclaim  March  20,  2014,  as
Native  HIV/AIDS  Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction
with the observance of National Native 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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