Young People and Mental/Sexual Health in a Changing World

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Today, October 10, marks World Mental Health Day. This year’s focus, as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), is on adolescents and young adults. Young people, usually categorized as around 10-18 years old according to the American Psychological Association, are going through a multitude of changes at this point in their lives. Along with puberty, many teens experience major life events such as moving and changing schools, starting higher education, or beginning a new job. These can be great causes of stress and apprehension which, left unrecognized and unmanaged, can lead to mental illness. Unlike the generations before them, current adolescents are growing up more connected than ever before. In the US, current technology certainly provides many benefits: help with school, ideas for creative projects, staying in touch with…
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Scranton’s Latin Festival

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This past weekend, September 29-30, the Lackawanna County Courthouse square was home to the annual Scranton Latin Festival. Blanca Fernandez organized the event that gathered multiple local performers, musicians, and vendors to come together and celebrate their Hispanic heritage. Fernandez says she wanted the festival to be multicultural and diverse “to promote harmony, love, tolerance, acceptance. Everything that’s needed nowadays.” On Saturday, attendees could watch performances from Noelia Otayza and Ludy Rosales, Champions of Marinera Norteña Peru, a Peruvian coastal dance. Also showcasing their heritage was Frank LittleBear and his family. LittleBear is from the Cree Nation and the founder of Red Visions Dance Troupe, a group dedicated to outreach, understanding, and education of Native American culture through performing arts. Sunday had a different lineup with several DJs playing Spanish…
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World Contraception Day and the Importance of Protection

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Tomorrow, September 26, is World Contraception Day. The mission is to spread the word about the multitude of contraceptive methods so young people can make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Studies show most young adults find out about sex and contraception through their friends, family, and health care providers. Ask your doctor any questions you might have, and don't be afraid to discuss them with friends and family. Be there for one another by staying educated and safe. There are many different types of contraceptives out there today and knowing the pros and cons of each can be daunting. But Your-Life has made it easy to get started! Their "Which Contraception is Right for Me?" quiz will give you a good place to start. Their website is…
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Employee of the Month, August 2018: Sharon Whitebread

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        Our Employee of the Month for August 2018 is Sharon Whitebread! Sharon is our Linkage, Outreach, and Community Education Manager. She has been working hard for Caring Communities since 2010, originally starting as a volunteer and working her way to part-time employee in 2013, and finally full-time in 2013. The Caring Communities staff raves about her helpfulness, positive attitude, and extensive knowledge of all things Caring Communities. One coworker noted, “she has taken her experience and used it to better the work of others on multiple occasions” Another mentioned that, “Sharon is always kind to her clients, staff, and members of the community.” She is truly a team player and Caring Communities is only stronger with her on our side! Sharon began her impressive community involvement…
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Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day!

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From AIDSInfo: "Thanks to treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART), people with HIV are living longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, an estimated 45% of Americans living with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older. September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—a day to call attention to challenges of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care that older Americans face. For example, although HIV risk factors are similar for all adults, older adults may be less aware of these factors and the importance of testing to detect HIV in its earliest stages. CDC reports that in 2014, 40% of people aged 55 and older were diagnosed with AIDS at the time of HIV diagnosis." There are many misconceptions about who is most affected…
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