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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
Ms. Ferdinand, Coordinator of the Educating People at Risk (EPAR) Project since 1999, has 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
Ms. Charles is a Community Liaison Worker with the EPAR Project. Ms. Charles is part of the outreach team which provides HIV testing and referral for treatment via a mobile unit. She has been with the STAR Program since 2007. Currently, Ms. Charles is pursuing a Master's in Community Health at Brooklyn College. Ms Charles has prior experience working with patients at Lenox Hospital setting and provided referral services regarding emergency care and pain management.
Mr. Auguste joined the SHC in 2007 as the mobile unit driver of the EPAR Project. He has nearly 15 years experience as a professional bus driver, including school buses, access-a-ride and commercial trucks. In the past two years, Mr. Auguste has gone above and beyond his role of bus driver, regularly providing one-to-one education and actively encouraging people in the community to get HIV testing.