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SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Health Center

STAR Health Center (SHC)

Community Education & HIV Testing

Carolyn Ferdinand, MS

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Ms. Ferdinand, Coordinator of the Educating People at Risk (EPAR) Project since 1999, has over 20 years in the field of health education and prevention and has been with the STAR Program for more than 10 years. She was initially hired in 1998 to train obstetric & pediatric staff from area hospitals on HIV counseling and testing protocols and developed and implemented a large outreach program. She has developed HIV and teen pregnancy outreach programs and has also provided counseling regarding adolescent risk reduction and contraception.

Dorothy Charles, BA

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Ms. Charles is a Community Liaison Worker with the EPAR Project and provides HIV testing and referral for treatment. She has been with the STAR Program since 2007. Currently, Ms. Charles is pursuing a Master's degree in Community Health at Brooklyn College. Ms Charles has prior experience working with patients at Lenox Hill Hospital and provided referral services regarding emergency care and pain management.