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Welcome to e-Perspectives,
a monthly e-newsletter that highlights current and upcoming Pittsburgh
AIDS Task Force events, accomplishments and programs, as well as
national and international HIV/AIDS information. Through e-Perspectives,
we keep you posted on all that PATF does to improve the health and
quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS in southwestern
Pennsylvania. A sincere thank-you for your support and interest in
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Welcomes New Staff
Please join us in welcoming new PATF staff members Gary McKillop,
TeOnna Ross, Vianca Masucci, and Karen Battle.
A. McKillop was hired as the Director of Information
Technology. McKillop spent the last 14 years at Chatham University,
working as the Director of Development Information Systems. Not only
does he bring extensive IT expertise to the agency, but also a passion
for the work of PATF. McKillop has served as the Director of
Development on the Board of the GLCC and as a board member on the
Renaissance City Choirs. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.
Ross was hired as a Medical Case Manager. After
graduating from Carlow University with a Bachelor of Arts in
Psychology, Ross completed a Masters in Social Work from
Washington University in Saint Louis. She has worked in many different
social service settings; most recently, she distributed clean syringes
and safer sex supplies in Washington D.C.. Ross is originally from
Masucci has joined the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force as
Volunteer Coordinator. Hailing from New Jersey, Masucci is currently
an Americorp member of the Pittsburgh Health Corps. She earned a
Bachelor of Arts in Theater at Swarthmore College, where she also
served as a sexual health counselor and wrote a sexual health and
sexuality column commissioned by the Swarthmore Phoenix.
Battle was hired as the Community Outreach Coordinator. For the last
seven years Karen served as director for social justice and mission
for the Pittsburgh Presbytery, the regional governing body of the
Presbyterian Church (USA). She has a Masters of Divinity degree and is
an ordained Lutheran minister with 27 years of pastoral experience.
While in Chicago, Illinois she managed a CDC-funded HIV/AIDS
prevention project for women of color, trained volunteers to provide
compassionate care for HIV-impacted individuals and worked to educate
the African American community and persons living in transitional
shelters about HIV/AIDS. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and
came to Pittsburgh 12 years ago.
Continues M2M Project
Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force will continue its highly
successful outreach program to men who have sex with men
(MSM) as its original grant for the project runs out. The
M2M Project is a targeted outreach program to spread
awareness, facilitate HIV testing, and defeat stigma among the highest
risk population for HIV. In addition to regular monthly events, the
project also includes interventions at bars, sex clubs, theaters, book
stores, and special events. The project sponsors two monthly signature
events: First Wednesday and Fourth Tuesday.
Wednesday, the MSM and transgender community are
invited to participate in recreational, self-affirming, and
self-actualization activities at Project Silk in downtown
Pittsburgh. During First Wednesday, individuals are offered free HIV
and STD testing, an opportunity to engage with M2M prevention
specialists for counseling, and explore themselves in a safe
At Fourth Tuesday,
M2M prevention specialists encourage self-efficacy through creating an
advocacy group. To be certified as an M2M and safe sex advocate,
individuals must attend 2 trainings, 1 review session, and be directly
observed in action. All advocates are trained to present HIV 101,
STD 101, and personal risk assessments. Fourth Tuesday takes place at
the GLCC, 210 Grant Street, Pittsburgh from 6-9 PM.
information, contact M2M Project Coordinator John Easter at
412-345-0583 or email@example.com.
Support Group for HIV Positive Women
PATF will begin
the Allegheny County HIV Positive Women's Support Group for PATF
clients on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. The group will meet
monthly at the PATF offices in East Liberty, Pittsburgh.
The monthly group
meeting will provide a safe place for clients to share their thoughts
and experiences with living with HIV/AIDS as well as learn about
resources for women to access necessary housing, food, medical
services, mental health, drug and alcohol services, and legal
services. Light refreshments will be served.
information, please contact Lyn Chavis at 412-345-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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