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UMDNJ - Center for Continuing & Outreach Education Develops Innovative New Program

UMDNJ-CCOE has developed an innovative new program entitled: Optimizing Health and Quality of Life for Women Living with HIV/AIDS Across the Lifespan.

Newark, NJ, September 10, 2010 --( The HIV/AIDS epidemic represents a growing and persistent threat to women’s health in the United States. Today, there is a disproportionate rise in women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, an expanding number that includes age groups and ethnicities not historically identified as high-risk demographics. Evolving roles and changing lifestyles have introduced a new population of women to the risk factors associated with HIV infection and AIDS; a paradigm that presents unique challenges for both patients and providers. Improving the quality of life for all women begins with risk assessment and prevention counseling. Still, preconceived notions and traditional expectations mitigate the provider’s ability to effectively identify patients and initiate the guidance needed to change behavior.

To address these issues, UMDNJ-CCOE has developed an innovative new program entitled: Optimizing Health and Quality of Life for Women Living with HIV/AIDS Across the Lifespan. This dynamic, three-part educational series will feature an extensive, in-depth analysis of practice barriers amongst primary care providers who treat women in with HIV/AIDS, and how they can identify, assess, and treat patients. The program will feature three experts who will guide learners through a comprehensive curriculum. Each presentation will provide appropriate approaches to enact effective behavioral change-strategies and identify high-risk behavior.

The format will include three live presentations at three strategic locations throughout New Jersey. The events will feature presentations by Dr. Judith Lightfoot in Somerset (10/16/10), Dr. Charletta Ayers in New Brunswick (11/1/10), and Dr. Sally Hodder in Newark (12/2/10). Each presentation will be simultaneously broadcast online to facilitate a global participation for remote audiences. Interaction will be encouraged and audience response systems (ARS) will be available in both live and online formats. All three presentations will be recorded and made available as an archived Enduring Online program for one-year on the CCOE website.


To receive more information on this unique and exciting CME activity, please contact Brenda Christian, Director of AIDS Education at 973-972-6223 or

About the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
As the largest public health sciences university in the country, UMDNJ provides a resource-rich foundation for continuing medical education excellence through the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education (CCOE). Working in partnership with eight schools and numerous institutes and centers across five regional campuses throughout New Jersey, CCOE provides education with a diversity of approach, culture, and expertise that is unmatched in the medical education field.

Consistent with its responsibility as an academic medical center, UMDNJ, through CCOE, provides a comprehensive program of continuing medical education with the goal of improving the quality of patient care by providing lifelong educational opportunities for physicians and other healthcare providers.

About UMDNJ Center for Continuing and Outreach Education
For over 30 years, UMDNJ CCOE has developed independent education, adhering to the highest standards of industry compliance.
Our commitment to effective lifelong learning continues to improve clinician performance and impact positive changes in the health care industry.

Whether meeting face-to-face, studying enduring articles, or interacting through the Internet, our audiences have benefited from innovative programming that addresses relevant clinical topics and influences favorable treatment outcomes.
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