Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 21, 2006

Spokane Regional Health District Specialist to Speak on
"The Faces of HIV/AIDS in Spokane" Dec. 5 at Whitworth

Christopher Zilar, a health-program specialist with the Spokane Regional Health District, will present a lecture, "The Faces of HIV/AIDS in Spokane," on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth College. A coffee reception will precede the lecture at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4449.

Zilar will address questions about people affected by AIDS, what AIDS looks like in the Spokane community, whether the numbers and demographics of those infected are changing, and how people can help AIDS victims locally, nationally and internationally. Zilar's presentation is sponsored by the Whitworth Medic Team and the Acting on AIDS Club.

Since 1997, Zilar has worked closely with people in Spokane who are affected by AIDS. In addition to working for the Spokane Regional Health District, he has served as a director and chaplain for Strength for the Journey, a retreat for people living with HIV and AIDS. He has also made numerous presentations at area hospitals and colleges and universities on the topics of sexuality, risk assessment, counseling issues, and HIV and Hepatitis C issues.

Acting on AIDS is a student-led, college-advocacy program affiliated with World Vision, a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization. Students who participate in Acting on AIDS seek to facilitate discussions on college campuses about the global AIDS crisis and motivate people to take action. The Whitworth Acting on AIDS chapter is two years old and currently has about 50 members. Acting on AIDS students collaborate with other AIDS-relief organizations such as Blood:Water Mission, the One Campaign, and the Global Student Aids Campaign.

The Whitworth Medic Team comprises student-leaders who serve in the residence halls. Some medic-team members are trained in first aid, while others are trained emergency medical technicians who assist with more complex medical issues. The team is supervised by Whitworth Health Center Director Jan Murray.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Jan Murray, director, Whitworth College Health Center, (509) 777-4449 or jmurray@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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