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Community Education

CAN Community Health’s community awareness strategies are client centered and designed to meet the needs of a variety of audiences and community settings. Competent and culturally appropriate educators are available to facilitate sessions ranging from one hour to four hours. A four-hour course is held on the last Friday of every month in the Education Center at CAN in Sarasota and is open to the public. Sessions can also be scheduled throughout the county on request.

Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Speakers’ Bureau

CAN’s Speakers share their personal stories to a variety of audiences to increase awareness and to reduce the stigma of HIV. Presentations are made to a variety of audiences including schools, colleges, treatment centers, health care professionals, community organizations etc. To schedule a FREE presentation or to become a speaker please contact Debbie Sergi-Laws at 941-366-0461 x 11207 or dsergilaws@cancommunityhealth.org

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls is a two-hour HIV educational presentation that covers a wide range of topics, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Disease Spectrum
  • Disease Epidemiology
  • Modes of Transmission
  • Cost and side effects of treating HIV
  • HIV laws
  • First-hand experience discussion with a person living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)

The presentation is for both men and women, hence the name “Guys and Dolls”, and is presented in both Spanish and English.

Participants can also test for HIV at the completion of the Guys and Dolls class free of charge. The testing method used is Rapid HIV testing with results in 15 minutes.

HIV Basics, 104 and updates HIV Basic is information about HIV/AIDS, including information on the life cycle of the HIV virus, its origins, symptoms, and testing. These are one, two or four hour course to meet licensure requirements for nurses, massage therapists, cosmetologists, and other health care and human service professionals. These classes are offered the last Friday of every month (except November and December).

VOICES/VOCES

Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education & Safer Sex (VOICES/VOCES): A group-level, single-session video-based intervention designed to increase condom use among heterosexual African American and Latino men and women.

SISTA

Group-level, gender- and culturally- relevant intervention, is designed to increase condom use with African American women. Five peer-led group sessions are conducted that focus on ethnic and gender pride, HIV knowledge, and skills training around sexual risk reduction behaviors and decision making.

Health Care Professionals

If you require HIV education to meet employment or professional licensing requirements, Community Care Center is certified by the Florida Board of Nursing to issue contact hours for HIV/AIDS education.