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Forum honors Sen. Sessions

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, received the Health Promotion and Disease Awareness Award on Tuesday from the National Minority Quality Forum.

The award recognized his efforts in ensuring more equitable distribution of federal HIV/AIDS funding provided through the Ryan White CARE Act.

The award is presented annually to individuals or organizations that have contributed to the promotion of wellness in minority communities.

The legislation, passed in December, provided an additional $5.5 million in fiscal year 2006 to Alabama for HIV/AIDS patients. Under the previous funding formulas, rural areas — particularly in the South — were being shortchanged at the expense of large metro areas, despite growing numbers of HIV/AIDS cases in the South.

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