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Public Health Service a study involving syphilitic African- men from rural Macon County. were included in the study. Over the ! of 40 years, scientists tracked the progression disease in the participants without ever them that they bad syphilis or informing options-even after penicillin had to be a quick and effective cure. the participants were actually prevented treatment. The study was halted Press reporter exposed the methods being employed. public apology May 16, 1997, President called the study "something that was morally wrong-to our citizens. I am sorry that your Government orchestrated a study so clearly President announced during his apology a grant to Tuskegee University to initiate for a National Center for Bioethics in and Health Care. Since that date, more million in grants and pledges have been to Tuskegee University to help establish and Center. research, instruction and outreach, the to and train significant num- as professional bioethi- to expand the knowledge of the field the practitioners of other professions such as science and engineering, agriculture, sciences, and humanities as well as critical biomedical fields of medicine, veteri- nursing and the allied health profes- the Center and its partners seek to disparities in medical treatment and new levels of trust in the nation's health that will transcend the bound- ,render. A dramat- will be a national muse- ~ preserve the memory of the Syphilis Study so 'like it shall ever happen again, Dr. Payton for Bioethics in Research and Care at Tuskegee University will focus on moral questions presented by modern- in science and technology as they !to the health of African-Americans and other served populations. A particular emphasis will be placed on clinical studies involving these populations and issues of informed consent, shared decision-making and equi- ty with competence and caring. ~rhe launching of this Center marks a turning point in a history plagued by abuse and abandon- men.t, and we have the opportunity to address and ameliorate the terrible legacy of the U. S. Public Health Service Study," said Tuskegee University President, Dr. Benjamin F. Payton. "We are pleased to be able to play such an impor- tant role in this critical transition, and to continue the University's longstanding tradition of providing innovative health care solutions from an African- American perspective" ~ne entire history of health care in the United States has been shamefully blighted by a long series of racial inequalities," said Dr. Marian Gray Secundy, the newly appointed director of the Center. "As a result, a legacy of distrust has been handed down from one generation to the next. But this Bioethics Center bears great hope. It takes us to the critical next step in changing the course of history for people of color," he said. For many African-Americans, the Syphilis Study heightened longstanding suspicions of the U. S. health care system and exacerbated fears of medical exploitation. Today, more than a quarter of a centu- ry after the study was halted, apprehensions still linger. Too many African-Americans avoid participating in important clinical trials, re~ain from donating blood or signing up as potential organ donors, and even refuse rou1ne medical care-including treatment for HIV. The Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care is made pos- sible through grants from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Lilly Foundation/IUNCF black college program. The Commemorative Anniversary Weekend cele- brating beth the President's national apology and the official hunching of the Bioethics Center will include a keynote address by Reed Tuckson, M.D., Senior Vice President, the American Medical Association. The remaining survivors of the Syphilis Study (all between the age of 90 and 100 years old) will be hon- ored at the luncheon addressed by Dr. Tuck~n. Other key participants in the commerative week- end will also include the initial partners selected to collaborate in~ the work of the Center; the Emory University School of Public Health, Howard University Health Sciences, the Morehouse School of Medicine, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center. Also expected to be present at the official launching is Peter Buxtun, the Public Health Service "whistle blower" who spent almost a decade trying to get the press to listen to his story; Edith Lederer, the reporter who brought the story to the attention of the Associated Press; and civil rights attorney Gray, attorney for the Syptfilis Study survivors whose book, The 3t~skegee Syphilis Study, was published in 1998. Page A-5, The Tuskegee News, May 13, 1999 Prom goers celebrate Prom Promise Week Juniors and seniors at Booker T. Washington High School celebrated prom promise this week. Students kicked off the week by taking the plddge not to drink or do drugs. On Tuesday, they wore bandages to symbolize injuries that occur in an alcohol or drug-related crash. A wrecked car was placed on the school's front lawn and students were able to get a close- up of the aftermath of a care smashed in a drunk-driving accident. Other highlights included a brown-bag lunch on the football field with Sgt. Tony Brooks of the Macon County Sheriff's Department and the D.A.R.E. Program, and State Trooper David Love as guest speakers. A fashion show was held Thursday displaying the attie of victims of drunk-driving accidents. This program is spon- sored by the Prom Promise Nationwide Insurance Program. The BTW Junior/Senior Prom will be Saturday, May 15 at the Kellogg Confernce Center. School officials encourage parents to reinforce the prom promise theme, "Be Safe!, Be Sober!, Be Smart!" Sorority to sponsor special May Week program The Tuskegee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will honor the highest ranking students graduating or being promoted from Macon County Schools at a special pro- gram. The May Week Program is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at the Benson Avenue Life Development Center, Tuskegee. i Each year as part of the sorority's national pro- gram thrust, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. focus on some aspect of education for its National May Week celebration. The public is cordially invited to attend the cel- ebration in support of Macon County's young academic achievers. Franklin to celebrate Possum Day on Saturday The Franklin Volunteer Fire Department invites BBQ chicken and pork will be served from 11:30 the public to attend the Ninth Annual Possum Day a,m.-5 p.m. Plates are $5 and sandwiches are $2. Celebration Saturday, May 15. Live Music will be All proceeds will benefit the Franklin Volunteer from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with arts and crai~ from 9 Fire Department. Vendors can set up at 7:30 a.m, a.m.-4 p.m. To reserve a booth to display arts and and arts, crafts, food and entertainment can also crafts, call (334) 727-2111. set up at 7:30 a.m. Homeless veterans benefit from generous donation The Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) recently donated $5,700 to the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) to provide food for homeless veterans. These funds have been used to purchase gift certificates for meals at area fast-food restaurants and pur- chase grocery items. In additional some of the donated money will be used to supplement "Home Again" starter kits. The starter kits are for veterans enrolled in a six-week course designed to assist them in becoming self-sufficient. The kits include a laundry basket filled with basic housekeeping supplies. CAVHCS outreach workers who comb the streets and visit shelters daily will distribute the certificates to homeless veterans. They offer veterans an opportunity for shelter, health care and vocational training. Thanks to the NCOA, outreach workers can immediately provide veterans with resources to obtain a cooked meal. From left are: Phyllis Alston, manager~ VAVoluntary Service; Dr. Jerry Clinkscales, NCOA Cl~apter 545; KenRuyle, acting dire~or of ~AVI-ICS~' Herbert Williams, life member of NCOA; Walter Thomas Sr., life member of NCOA; ~d Patricia Amezquita, VA Voluntary Service. ission (From PageA-1)' iii of 1998, after the bill in the legislature but !to the county-wide referen- i Thafs why Notasulga is accord- Corbitt. However, Corbitt one who requested the commission request the r seek an attorney opinion. in Shorter aren't believing they are being Corbitt and county ire in agreement want to dowhat is and fair. That's why the general's opinion is sought. However, an attor- opinion is not bind- a guideline. Legal could follow, but acting on an attorney general's normally exempts enti- certain penalties if the hold up in court. is determined that Shorter residents shouldn~ be paying the county occupational tax, they would probably be reimbursed for taxes already paid, according to Corbitt. There's not a great deal of money involved. The county col- lected only about $6,000 the first month of collection (February) and anticipates only about $9,000 a month in subsequent months. One of the problems is that the VA Medical Center in Tuskegee has not as yet collected the county's occupational tax from its employees. The request has been made, but local VA officials had to for- ward the request to the Texas payment center. 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