Employee of the Month March 2019: Caroline Drob

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Caroline Drob is our Employee of the Month for March 2019! Caroline is Caring Communities’ Financial Assistance Case Manager. She helps keep billing organized and on time so case managers can more easily assist our clients living with HIV. Caroline began working with Caring Communities in February of 2018 as part of our Early Intervention Services (EIS) department, where she performed testing services both in office and on location at various venues throughout our service area. Caroline graduated at the top of her program from Marywood University in 2019 with a bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology. While there, she was a member of the Psychology Club and the Psi Chi National Honor Society (of which she is still an active member) and helped organize multiple volunteer and fundraising events. She also…
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National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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April 10th is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD)! NYHAAD began in 2013 to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people, as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2016, the CDC reported that 21% of all new HIV diagnoses in the US were youth aged 13-24. The majority of those new diagnoses (81%) occurred among young gay and bisexual men. The CDC also found that youth with HIV are the least likely of any age group to be linked to care in a timely manner and have a suppressed viral load[1]. With young people, there are some unique challenges when it comes to prevention. First and foremost is inadequate sex education…
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National Public Health Week

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This week is National Public Health Week! For over 20 years, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has declared the first full week of April to be National Public Health Week. Each year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about issues related to each year’s theme[1]. Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. This year the APHA’s campaign focuses on the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within a community. The National Public Health Week’s campaign breaks down these causes and addresses how we can use science and calls for action from policymakers to make community-wide improvements. Caring Communities serves multiple areas that are affected by many of these issues, and because of…
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National LGBT Health Awareness Week

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March 25-29, 2019 is the 17th annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week! The National Coalition for LGBT Health created this event in 2003 to bring awareness to timely LGBT health issues. This year’s theme is “Reject Rhetoric. Reflect Reality. Our Health Won’t Be Denied!” The goal of this year’s theme is to acknowledge ongoing rhetoric surrounding LGBT health issues, including health insurance, data collection, health inequities, and access to culturally competent care. Despite existing protections, many in the LGBT community still face disturbing rates of health care discrimination. These can range from harassment and humiliation by providers to being turned away by hospitals and doctors. A 2017 survey from the Center for American Progress (CAP) found that 29% of transgender people who had visited a doctor in the past year…
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Employee of the Month for February 2019: Meghen Waite and Rosa Del Rosario

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You read that correctly: we had a tie for our February Employee of the Month! Congratulations to Meghen Waite and Rosa Del Rosario on the outstanding work you do for Caring Communities! Meghen began with Caring Communities just a few months ago 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. 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…
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