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Stepping Up: D.C. Wards 7 and 8 Teens to Teach Prevention of HIV, Obesity in Summer Youth Program
Date:5/11/2009

program will receive training in HIV/AIDS, nutrition and health education, advocacy, and career guidance. Upon successful completion of the education part of the program, SHIRE teen health educators take their knowledge and peer influence to the stage, both in community health workshops and a live theatre production designed for 12-19 year olds living in Wards 7 and 8.

“We are fighting two killers with this grant, in HIV and obesity,” said Chet Burrell, CareFirst President and CEO. “CareFirst’s partnership with the Summit Health Institute’s summer education program is a great complement to the many programs we support to improve the overall health of District residents.”

Recruitment for the HIV/AIDS Teen Health Educators Program is being coordinated with community based organizations, including: Ward 8 ANC leaders, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative, Howard University, Maya Angelou School in Ward 7, and the DC Summer Youth Employment Job Fair.

The Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc. (SHIRE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the promotion of health and wellness for all people. SHIRE works to eradicate health disparities and aid vulnerable populations in attaining optimal health. Communities, government agencies, corporations, and foundations look to SHIRE as an effective and trusted resource to identify inequities, propose solutions, and galvanize grassroots groups to address access to health care and quality of care issues among the underserved, particularly communities of color.

In its 72nd year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to nearly 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of
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