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Sept. 25, 2007

Global AIDS relief official will visit UI Oct. 1-2

Ann Lion Coleman, the Global Fund technical support coordinator for the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator in the U.S. Department of State, will share her experiences with the University of Iowa community Oct. 1 and 2.

Coleman will begin her UI visit by sharing her career experiences with University students from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC). Her lecture on "Careers in Global Health: Lowlights and Highlights" is a part of the UI Center for Human Rights' (UICHR) ongoing Careers for Change series. The series exposes students to careers in human rights and social justice, allowing them to have a dialogue with leading professionals in their field of interest.

Coleman will speak at an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street, Iowa City. She will discuss "Challenges of Scaling up HIV/AIDS Programs Globally: The U.S. Government Response." The luncheon is presented with support from Mike Margolin and University of Iowa Community Credit Union. The Cottage will cater the event. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM 910 will carry the program at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, on Iowa Public Radio.

Reservations are $7.50 for ICFRC members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Friday, Sept. 28. For more information or special accommodations to attend the luncheon, contact Thomas Baldridge at 319-384-2260 or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

Coleman will present a public lecture from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in 1117 UCC. She will discuss "The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Overview of the First Five Years and Update on the Reauthorization for the Next Five Years." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Throughout her 30 years working in public health, Coleman's focus has included maternal/child health, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. Most of her international work has been in Latin America where she was regional director for a five-year health worker performance improvement project, and a project director for an 11-country effort to improve the sustainability of health programs. For the last five years she has worked in Africa on the health worker crisis and more recently on improving Global Fund grant performance. Her Iowa City visit is on behalf of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, the lead implementing agency for the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

She received bachelor's degrees in biology and Spanish from Grinnell College, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois, and is presently pursuing her doctorate in public health behavior change at George Washington University.

The African Studies Program (ASP), Global Health Studies Program (GHSP), ICFRC and UICHR are sponsors of Coleman's visit. For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these events, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900, or Edward Miner at 319-335-5883,

ASP, GHSP, ICFRC and UICHR are part of International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077 or