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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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day takes place on March 20, 2019. In 2007, three collaborating agencies known as the National Native Capacity Building Assistance Network (CBA) founded National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). It is considered a national mobilization effort designed to encourage Natives (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians) across the United States to get educated, tested, and involved in prevention and treatment for HIV and AIDS. Each year, NNHAAD is observed on the first day of Spring. The day was chosen through a national survey of the Native community. The four seasons are highly respected in Native cultures, representing the cycle of life. Spring represents balance (as day and night are at equal lengths) and a profound change, including new beginnings and birth. It is considered a…
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Raise the Region!

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This year Caring Communities is once again taking part in the incredible event known as Raise the Region. Raise the Region is an initiative created by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, based in Williamsport, PA. This initiative is a unique, online period of giving that provides the opportunity for people who care about their community to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. The fundraiser begins March 13, 2019 at 6pm and will be live for just 30 hours, until 11:59pm on March 14, 2019. Not only does the event push for charitable donations from the public, but the generosity of local businesses allows for even more prizes and money to be donated. Raise the Region has once again partnered with the Blaise…
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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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March 10, 2019 marks the 14th annual observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! In 2017, the CDC found that more than 7,000 women received an HIV diagnoses. Of those 7,000, nearly two-thirds were black women[1]. Women and girls make up 23% of all people living with HIV in the United States[2]. For this reason, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide event that promotes the need for HIV testing and treatment for women. Here are ways you can help take control of your sexual health: 1. Talk about it!  Learn the facts about HIV by talking with a healthcare professional or from reliable sources like the CDC. And don’t just leave it at the doctor’s office, share your information with your friends and family.…
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Employee of the Month January 2019: Mitchell Stein

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Mitchell Stein has been voted Employee of the Month for January 2019! Mitchell is the Early Intervention Services (EIS) Coordinator for Caring Communities. He helps our EIS department perform HIV and STD tests in our office locations as well as in the greater community. Prior to joining the Caring Communities team, Mitchell worked in a variety of positions throughout the area. The one that left the biggest impression was Mitchell’s time as a fire fighter/EMT, where he found a passion for helping others. His EMT experience, combined with his degree in Human Services, led Mitchell to look for work helping his community. Mitchell, who was already familiar with Caring Communities and the work we do, began as an intern before moving to a permanent position with our agency. He has…
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