Employee of the Month for July 2019: Eduardo Escobar

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Our Employee of the Month for July 2019 is… Eduardo Escobar! Eduardo joined the Caring Communities team in January of 2019. He began working in our Linkage, Education and Outreach (LEO) Department, helping to promote our services to the public and other agencies. In July, he joined our Early Intervention Services (EIS) Department where he helps conduct screenings and tests for HIV and other STDs both in office and at other locations throughout our service area. Eduardo’s work in public health started in high school where he was part of the University of Southern California’s MED-COR program, a unique opportunity for high school students to gain valuable experiences at a teaching hospital. After graduating, Eduardo had several positions including sales and management positions. These positions made him a natural fit…
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NEPA Pride 2019: March to the Park

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NEPA Pride: March to the Park July 13, 2019 was the 12th annual NEPA Pride event, hosted by the Rainbow Alliance and sponsored by The Wright Center. NEPA Pride began with an informal “March to the Park,” a throwback to the first iterations of Pride when the event was a protest and call-to-action for a community targeted by unjust laws and prejudice. Participants walked from Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, across the Market Street Bridge, and down into Kirby Park, ending at the Martz Pavilion. Just after noon, the festivities kicked off with members of the NEPA Rainbow Alliance welcoming all who came to show their pride and support. Throughout the day a DJ filled the park with music. Many vendors and local organizations had booths stationed in a large circle,…
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Employee of the Month for June 2019: Meghen Waite

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Congratulations to Meghen Waite, our first Employee of the Month to win twice! Meghen began with Caring Communities in December of 2018. She has proven to be a huge asset to our Early Intervention Services (EIS) department in her Community Health Worker position. Meghen has helped to oversee our testing needs both in office and at off-site venues around the region. In May 2018, Meghen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Slippery Rock University. While there, she was a member of the board for the student chapter of the Pennsylvania Public Health Association. She also completed a three-month long internship with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, working with their Health Promotion Disease Prevention Office. In this internship she provided health education and helped create prevention programs…
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Knoebels Amusement Park Provides Much Needed Break for Clients

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Balloons decorate a pavilion tucked away behind trees. Under the pavilion are eight long picnic tables, each filled to capacity with family and friends enjoying a delicious lunch. With the gentle, babbling creek on one side of the pavilion and chipmunks jumping through the greens on the other, it’s easy to forget that an entire amusement park is just a few steps away. In June, Caring Communities co-hosted our third annual summer client event with AIDS Resource (Williamsport, PA) at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA. Caring Communities’ Jacob Kelley, Community and Client Liaison, helped spearhead the event. Kelley teamed up with AIDS Resource staff to provide a day of entertainment and relaxation to their clients living with HIV. Organizing the event was a team effort for Caring Communities staff.…
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Employee of the Month for May 2019: Sarah Reichenbach

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Sarah Reichenbach is our Employee of the Month for May 2019! Sarah began working with Caring Communities just a few short months ago, in April of 2019, and has already proven to be incredibly helpful to our agency. Sarah currently utilizes her medical assistant background, helping out in our clinic and testing departments, as well as pitching in wherever an extra hand is needed. She also assists with medical billing. Previous to joining the Caring Communities team, Sarah worked for an ambulance billing company, where she assisted with billing for ambulance and air transports from all across the country. She also spent several years volunteering and planning events for local charities. Sarah said she always wanted to be able to work full time for a non-profit and that her work…
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