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    At CAN Community Health, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that treats all individuals with respect and dignity, regardless of their health status. The organization aims to empower patients by providing knowledge and awareness, breaking down barriers, shattering stereotypes, and fostering a community united against stigma. Through tireless advocacy, collaboration, and innovation, CAN Community Health strives to ensure all its clinics are places of acceptance, understanding, and unwavering support for those affected by infectious diseases.

    Comprehensive Care

    CAN practices comprehensive care involving the expertise of many different healthcare professionals to manage the multiple physical and emotional health problems of a patient. CAN believes in treating the whole patient and providing services specific to the needs of the patient.

    An integral part of our service is to remove obstacles to care through case management, support programs, such as Ryan White, housing, etc.


    Medical Care

    Attending physicians provide and coordinate clinic-based medical care with nurses and other specialized health care providers.

    • Acute and long-term management of HIV
    • Patient education
    • Referrals to health care specialist
    • Clinical trials
    • Primary Care for HIV patients
    • Psychiatric services

    Dental Care

    Many CAN locations offer dental services for patients living with HIV including:

    • Oral hygiene education
    • Preventative oral care
    • Emergency care
    • Restorative dental care

    Counseling and Therapy

    Mental health counselors provide therapeutic counseling to couples, groups and individuals to complement medical services in treating the whole patient.

    Many clients face multiple challenges, including coping with the reactions of others, developing and adopting strategies for maintaining physical and emotional health, initiating changes in behavior to prevent HIV transmission to others, and reducing the risk for acquiring additional STDs. Therefore, mental health counselors are an integral part of health care for HIV-infected persons.

    Case Management

    • Case managers determine patient eligibility for state and federal programs
    • Develop individualized plans of care and monitor progress toward patient-centered goals
    • Coordinate patient referrals to community services
    • Insurance liaison
    • Housing assistance

    Education & Peer Support

    Effective HIV education can help prevent new diagnoses by providing people with information about HIV and how transmission occurs. In doing so, we equip individuals with the knowledge to protect themselves.

    Our Education Program brings the latest information about HIV to many schools. We also hold events to reach out to those in our community who are particularly at-risk, including teens and minority populations. These include Community Awareness activities and Event and  additional Patient Education.

    Patient Education

    CAN Community Health educators teach through individual and group sessions.

    • Disease Management
    • Preventative Health
    • Risk Reduction
    • Peer Navigation

    Community Awareness

    • Free Rapid HIV and HEP C testing
    • Professional Presentations
    • Intervention Programs
    • Speakers living with HIV
    • AIDS Memorial Quilt

    Pharmacy Services

    CAN Community Health has opened several new in-house pharmacies soon to make it easier for patients to receive the best possible care. Many patients have to arrange for transportation to appointments and by offering them the ability to get prescriptions while at their appointment saves time. Having a dedicated pharmacy also provides greater privacy and security to patients. Click here for more information about our pharmacies or call (844) 370-6204.

    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


    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.

    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.

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