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Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases


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REACH Out Program

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) has a comprehensive approach to HIV care: REACH (Response through Education, Awareness, Counseling/Testing and Health Care).  Our REACH Out Program (ROP) has several educational programs for individuals and community organizations to increase HIV knowledge promote HIV screening and decrease HIV stigma towards PLWHA.  In 2010, ROP reached 2,424 people in eastern North Carolina with various outreach programs.

 
REACH OUT PROGRAMS:
 
HIV Educational Programs:
  • Professionals HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Training: This training targets Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counselors, Health Educators, Nurses, and Social Workers in order to emphasize the important role that professionals have in the fight against HIV.  HIV continuing educational programs can be developed with the goal to provide HIV/AIDS education in order to promote risk reduction behavior, disseminate HIV information, and promote HIV screening and prevention. 
  • Community HIV Awareness and Training (CHAT):  This program is designed “to get people chatting about HIV”. It provides community residents with HIV information to increase HIV knowledge that can help dispel HIV/AIDS stigma and promote HIV screening.
  • Young Adults and Adolescents Programs:  We provide interactive HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease education programs that promote abstinence, responsible sex decisions and HIV screening.  Programs are offered to at-risk youth, schools, churches, community-based organizations and colleges.

Women’s Educational Workshops:

  • SISTER TALK (Sisters Informing Sisters To Empower Response to Take Action to Live with Knowledge): is a two hour community-based HIV/AIDS awareness education workshop that provides culturally sensitive and relevant information on HIV transmission to women.
  • SISTER CARES (Sisters Informing Sisters To Empower Response Choose Alternatives through Risk Reduction and Support): This project is designed to increase HIV/STI information and negotiation skills to decrease risk of disease.

Prevention With Positive Interventions Programs (PWPI):

  • Peer Education Training (PET):  PET provides PLWHA with information that can empower them to actively participate in their health care and improve their quality of life.
  • Life Support Workshop: Monthly workshops that promote empowerment, advocacy and life skill development.
  • Consumer-Community Advisory Board: Meet quarterly to discuss and plan health care, education and community events.

Non-Traditional HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral:   

  • Non-Traditional HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral:  BSOM provides free HIV testing and counseling in a variety of non-traditional community settings.
 
LINKAGE AND RETENTION IN CARE:
 
A Linkage Retention Coordinator has direct contact with the State Disease Intervention Specialist, PLWHA and BSOM Infectious Diseases Clinics.  We are responsible for making health care appointments, assisting in arrangement of transportation to health visit, coordination of case management services, and follow-up contact to assist clients into care.
 
 
 
CONTACT INFORMATION :
 
For more information about our REACH Out Program:
Director
Diane Campbell, MD, MPH
 
Health Educator
Abigail Harrigan
E-mail
Harrigana@ecu.edu
 
Linkage & Retention Coordinator
Lawanda Todd, BSHS/M
Telephone: 252744-5784
 
 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Monthly Life Support Workshops, FREE Lunch Provided

Location: ECU Physicians, Doctors Park 6A, Greenville, NC 27858

*CCAB is the ECU Physicians Consumer Community Advisory Board which means from 1:00 – 2:00 pm after the Life Support Workshop. All welcome to attend!

Location: Agape Community Health Center, Washington, NC 27812

Location: Ahoskie, NC

Ongoing Monthly Outreach Programs:

  • Pitt County Juvenile Detention Center: Youth Program on the last Monday of each month
  • Pitt County Belvoir Boys and Girls Club:  Youth Program on the first Tuesday of each month

Recent & Upcoming Outreach Events: