Public Health Department nurse honored

— Essex County Public Health Preventive Services Nurse, Gina Brandolino, has received the New York State Public Health Works! Honor Roll recognition.

Gina Brandolino’s success as the Essex County Public Health HIV Educator is easy to measure. During the past two years she has added new community groups for presentations, HIV testing sites, and locations where free condoms and education materials can be obtained in the community.

Gina has expanded the school outreach program by five new schools bringing the number served to 13 schools and over 2,000 students. Classroom presentations cover topics of a comprehensive sex education program including sexual health, relationships and decision making. She provides a secure atmosphere for discussion where students are actively engaged in her presentations.

Supporting her collaborations the Ryan White Foundation has provided additional funding for testing supplies and educational materials.

“I love my job,” Brandolino said, and it is clear her devotion helps her successfully reach Essex County audiences.

To learn more about Essex County Public Health, visit www.co.essex.ny.us/PublicHealth.

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