“HIV prevention, testing and education has fallen short. Education is mostly done at community events where HIV testing takes place. It is barely mentioned in the schools, media, at home or even among friends and students.”
-Michael A. Kehoe, CEO and director of HIV Prevention and Education CARES Outreach Services Inc.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Blood Pressure Testing is defined as “A complete cholesterol test — also called a lipid panel or lipid profile — is a blood test that can measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. A cholesterol test can help determine your risk of the buildup of plaques in your arteries that can lead to narrowed or blocked arteries throughout your body (atherosclerosis). High cholesterol levels usually don’t cause any signs or symptoms, so a cholesterol test is an important tool. High cholesterol levels often are a significant risk factor for heart disease.”
CARES Outreach provides FREE or low-cost* Health Screenings to the community, i.e. Blood pressure, Glucose, Cholesterol*, HIV Testing-Counseling-Linkage To Care, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, and Hepatitis C through community collaboration as well as Educational Presentations on Obesity, Healthy Heart / Cholesterol, Sweet Spot / Diabetes, Alcohol and Medicine / Prescription Review.
CARES Outreach is participating in a Center for Disease Control directive called ‘High Impact Prevention’ (HIP) program. The program calls for increased attention and awareness in HIV and STD Prevention by establishing condom distribution sights throughout Sarasota County. In 2012, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health, CARES Outreach started a campaign we call “C4P3” – Campaign for Prevention, in which we partner with area businesses, which act as distributors of free-latex and non-latex condoms and individual use silicon based lubrication packets, that their customers may help themselves to. The program is of no cost to the area business and a member of our all-volunteer staff is responsible for monthly check-in’s with all partner locations to ensure an adequate supply of contraceptives are on hand and if replenishment is required, then a shipment will be dropped off by one of our dedicated Community Ambassadors within 3 business days. Handouts and CARES Outreach Services, Inc. business cards are also left at each location to be provided to any individual who may benefit from having additional information as well as our direct lines of contact and office hours of operation. All business’ which elect to participate in our C43P program is given a Certificate of Appreciation signed by our Board of Directors for their support in reducing the barriers our community members may face in making healthier decisions for themselves and their loved ones.
Contact us TODAY to see how your business/organization can join our efforts in ensuring our community members have the tools necessary for us to “Get to Zero”!