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  • Outreach and 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.

    Community Awareness

    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

    Online Prevention Programs

    Outreach conducted via the Internet can reach a much larger and geographically diverse audience, which in turn, increases the impact of health education and risk reduction messages. This new initiative will allow the prevention team to continuously provide HIV, STD, and Hep C education to the community at high risk using a virtual platform. This online outreach may include education, risk-reduction counselling and provider-based referrals to reliable information sources and other resources, including testing and treatment locations. The health messages are primarily delivered to individuals via dating applications (apps) and sometimes to groups of people for instance via chatrooms. The main goal of the program is to disseminate education and prevention messages, support and promote our Tele-Testing, and expand our Tele-PrEP and Tele-Health programs.

    PrEP Program

    PrEP stands for “pre-exposure prophylaxis,” which means a daily pill protects you from becoming infected with the HIV virus. The pill contains medicines that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 99% if taken consistently.​ We offer a new PrEP program that can help you get on PrEP FOR FREE! Visit one of our locations or call one of our PrEP Navigators and start protecting yourself from HIV today!

    Community Mobilization & Outreach

    Our team is always on the move. We are there for Mobile Testing, To Make a Presentation and to provide information at events such as Pride Events or Parades. Please check the map above for the next event in your area. See you there.

    Tele-Testing Program

    This new program will expand CAN’s HIV testing possibilities by providing confidential HIV testing in the comfort of people’s homes. Our Prevention team will assist the clients virtually using the Video/Chat Box feature build on our website in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. This initiative is in alignment, and in support of the Florida Department of Health HIV Prevention Section efforts, as we will be distributing our existing “At Home Test Kits” and sharing on our CAN website.

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