Employee of the Month August 2019: Lisa Davailus

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Lisa Davailus is our Employee of the Month for August 2019! This is Lisa’s second time winning Employee of the Month. Lisa began working at Caring Communities part-time in August of 2018 as one of our phlebotomists who helps us perform syphilis and conventional HIV testing. In April 2019, Lisa joined our Early Intervention Services (EIS) department full-time as a Community Health Worker, taking on all general testing duties, not just blood drawing. Lisa now assists with testing in our Wilkes-Barre office and at multiple venues throughout our service area. Lisa notes that being out in the field and going to venues is one of her favorite parts of her position. She loves hearing people’s stories and finds many of those she encounters to be extremely thankful for the services…
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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

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National HIV/AIDS Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) is a way to highlight the growing number of people living long and full lives with HIV. NHAAAD is also a time to call attention to aging-related challenges of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care. According to the CDC, nearly half of people living in the United States with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older as of 2016. The National Institute on Aging notes that “aging” does not refer to a specific number of years lived, but rather the changes in the body like decline of physical ability and health that occurs once a person reaches later life.[1] Many organization use age 50 or 55 to track health-related statistics of older populations. The number of older people living with HIV continues to grow…
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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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