Employee of the Month for January 2020: Marissa Paesano

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Our Employee of the Month for January 2020 is Marissa Paesano! Marissa began working at Caring Communities in February of 2018. As a Medical Case Manager, she assists clients living with HIV. She loves making a difference in people’s lives and the community at large by helping clients meet their goals. Marissa enjoys being a positive influence in others’ lives and has been drawn to this type of work since high school. Prior to joining Caring Communities, Marissa completed a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Pre-Art Therapy. She also worked with Community Counseling Services as a TSS worker and Program Specialist for their Day Program. She is always looking for ways to integrate her art therapy skills into her current work, so often times you will find her…
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National Condom Day

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Valentine’s Day is generally a day to spread adoration to loved ones. But it can also run the risk of spreading more than that. This is why Valentine’s Day was picked to coincide with National Condom Day. National Condom Day is a time to promote the use of condoms and educate others about the importance of practicing safe, consensual sex.[1] Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are a vital part of reducing the risk of STD and HIV transmission. Currently there are a few types of barrier methods that are commonly used: the external (“male”) condom, the internal (“female”) condom, and dental dams. Condoms are not just a way to reduce unintended pregnancy, they also provide a level of protection against STDs that are transmitted by genital fluids, such as…
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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is an opportunity to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities.[1] By the end of 2016, the CDC estimated that 476,100 African Americans had HIV, and 1 in 7 were not aware of their status. For every 100 African Americans with HIV, 61 had received some HIV care and 48 were virally suppressed. In 2018, the CDC reported that Black and African American people accounted for 13% of the U.S. population, but 42% of the 37,832 new HIV diagnoses in the United States.[2] The theme for 2020 is “We’re in This Together,” which highlights the importance of social support when addressing HIV in the black community.[3] This support may come from friends, family, colleagues, and partners, and…
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A Step Towards a Future Without HIV

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From HIV.gov: Almost 40 years ago, cases of pneumonia among previously healthy individuals in Los Angeles, California, marked the first official reporting of what would be later be known as the AIDS epidemic. Soon after, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was identified as being responsible for causing AIDS. This epidemic has affected more than 75 million people around the world. In the United States, approximately 1.1 million people are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 are unaware of their status.Decades of collaborative, coordinated support and dedication by a resilient global community of people living with and impacted by HIV, advocates, healthcare professionals and researchers have advanced HIV prevention and treatment options. The development of prevention strategies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with anti-HIV drugs has successfully reduced the risk…
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Employee of the Month for December 2019: Katie Blue

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Our final Employee of the Month for 2019 is Katie Blue! Katie began working with Caring Communities at the beginning for November 2019 as our Case Management Administrative Assistant. Previous to joining Caring Communities, Katie worked in digital retail, managing her previous employer’s Amazon Marketplace account for six years. Katie says her position with Caring Communities brings her happiness and fulfillment. Her coworkers see it too. Those who voted for Katie noted her helpfulness throughout the office, and her personable demeanor when assisting Case Management. Katie cherishes her part, however big or small, in helping others through tough times. In her free time, Katie enjoys a variety of pastimes including adventures and quality time with her fiancé and family, attending festivals, and cooking. Congratulations again to Katie!
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