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Our Services

CAN Community Health has been serving the needs of the HIV community for over 26 years. We are a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the treatment, care and continual wellness of people living with HIV.  Our clinics offer the finest medical, dental, psychological care and lifestyle counseling to all patients, regardless of their financial situation, insurance status or ability to pay.

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 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.

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