Warm Wishes Campaign

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Caring Communities and other members of the Hazleton Inter-Agency Council are teaming up to collect warm weather accessories for those who are unhoused or in need of some extra help this winter. We are looking to collect scarves, hats, and gloves throughout January to be distributed in February. We will be distributing them in late-winter to help those who might not have gotten what they needed around the holidays. Donation bins will be located in our own offices (Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton), as well as the offices of other Hazleton IAC members. The Caring Communities offices will be open and able to take donations Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. If you would like to donate, you can visit one of the locations below: Caring Communities, Wilkes-Barre OfficeCaring Communities, Hazleton…
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Employee of the Month November 2018: Jacob Kelley

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Our Employee of the Month for November 2018 is Jacob Kelley! Jacob is our Community and Client Liaison and has been with Caring Communities since March of 2017. Jacob graduated from Bloomsburg University in December 2016. There, he presented his work at conferences and hosted workshops that focused on LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual) and gender expression. He is continuing with his education through Weidner University, where he is working toward a master’s degree in Human Sexuality. Jacob hopes to use his education in combination with his experiences at Caring Communities to become a sex educator. After school, Jacob began looking for opportunities to work with the LGBTQA community and gain insights of how best to serve and empower the members of that community. He was able to…
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How Technology Can Help with HIV Treatments

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Technology is fast moving, and the world is still trying to adapt. There are apps for everything: getting your groceries delivered, finding the best deal online, seeing what public restrooms nearby are regularly cleaned. If you’ve ever struggled with it, there’s probably an app trying to make it easier. But how can apps help with HIV medications and treatments? Starting with the basics, there are the functions available on most cell phones: alarms. Many individuals use alarms and calendar reminders in case they forget or get side tracked when it comes to taking their medications at the correct intervals. Many people with smartphones also utilize medication reminder applications. The most popular medication app for iPhones is currently Medisafe – Pill & Med Reminder[1]. This app not only reminds patients when…
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World AIDS Day 2018

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December 1, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is an international day of awareness, dedicated to educating the populace about the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. The day also mourns those we have lost due to the disease. World AIDS Day began with two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS) at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter proposed the idea to the program director, Dr. Jonathan Munn who approved and supported its observance on December 1[1]. This date was chosen because Bunn, a former television broadcast journalist, believed it would maximize the coverage of the event by western media as it was long enough after US…
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Employee of the Month October 2018: Anne Krothe-Wolfe

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October’s Employee of the Month is Anne Krothe-Wolfe! Anne is a Community Health Worker in our Linkage, Education, and Outreach (LEO) department. Managed by previous Employee of the Month winner Sharon Whitebread, the LEO department is vital in reaching out across our 12-county service area to make sure Caring Communities’ services are known and understood. Anne and other LEO department staff are regularly on the move, attending health fairs, reaching out to local organizations and community leaders, and providing training about HIV and other community health concerns and their impact throughout Pennsylvania. Anne graduated from Susquehanna University in 2014 with a major in Communications (focusing on Journalism) and a dual minor in Psychology and Editing/Publishing. The summer following graduation Anne attended the Denver Publishing Institute, a month-long graduate program in…
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