Joe Wyatt
Published February 10, 2017

Amarillo College students and faculty from the Physical Therapist Assistant and the Dental Hygiene programs will be on hand for the Alive and Aware Health Explosion, a local event to recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

nationalblackaidsdayhpThe community-wide event, which includes a free lunch, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Amarillo United Citizens Forum, 901 N. Hayden.

AC students and faculty will staff tables at the event to inform attendees about best practices in dental hygiene and about how they can become physical therapist assistants by starting at AC.

National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day is implemented annually by the Strategic Leadership Council. It was first observed in 1999. This year’s theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!”

Free tests for HIV and syphilis will be offered at the event in Amarillo, along with blood pressure and blood sugar assessments, and tests for hepatitis and pulmonary function. Adult immunizations will be available for $5.

The health screenings will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Educational breakout sessions will follow.

Co-sponsors include Amarillo College, City of Amarillo Public Health Department, the College Success Initiative, St. John Baptist Church, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing.

For more information about the Alive and Aware Health Explosion, please call (806) 378-6331.