C-TECH and partners celebrate one-year anniversary of Health Education Sessions on HIV and COVID-19
May 6, 2021

C-TECH and partners celebrate one-year anniversary of Health Education Sessions on HIV and COVID-19

C-TECH, along with partners, the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Jamaica Network of Seropositives, celebrated in April 2021 the first anniversary of providing HIV Health Education and Information Sessions to the people living with HIV (PLHIV) Community.

The webinars came about due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on key populations and the need to address the information concerns related to accessing health services and the high risk of COVID-19 complications and adverse outcomes.

Consequently, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ HIV/STI/ TB Unit and the Jamaica Network of Seropositives (JN+), C-TECH partnered together to host monthly virtual information sessions via the Zoom web platform. The sessions focused on COVID-19 and HIV and targeted PLHIV, their care and support teams.

In one year, C-TECH has made significant strides in compiling and delivering to the PLHIV community best practices and vital information on HIV services impacted by COVID-19 and possible measures to be taken throughout this challenging period. Over 15 sessions have been delivered to a growing audience, and session topics have expanded to include general HIV Health information.

At the one year mark, an evaluation and feedback survey was launched, which provided promising and encouraging results for C-TECH and its partners. The respondents offered favourable feedback on the information sessions and indicated that they were helpful and enabled them to understand better COVID-19 and how it affects PLHIV. For example, respondents commented that the sessions “made me respect myself again”, and the information provided helped them be “more grounded and confident.” The evaluation survey will be one of the tools used by C-TECH as it reviews the strengths and needs for improvement of the health education session.

This initiative is funded and by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through a grant awarded to the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH).

If you require additional information on the information sessions or join the next session, please email info@ctech-caribbean.org.

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A stressful work environment can contribute to several health issues both mentally and physically, these may include headache, insomnia, stomach-aches, anxiety, difficulty concentrating high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. 

It is important then that we take meaningful steps to ensure that we are manging our own personal space to avoid some of these issues. Our assumption, perception and expectation affect how we react to others and life situations and ultimately how we view how jobs. When assumption, expectations and perceptions are not met, we respond through our thought’s feelings and behaviours. It is important to practice positive thinking as our thoughts affects how we feel, and our feelings affects how we behave.

Here are some tips to help you with your work environment:

  • Seek for clarity instead of trying to convince yourself of what others are thinking
  • Refrain from personalisation, not everything mentioned is a direct attack on you
  • Invest in self care
  • Set limits
  • Proper nutrition
  • Connect with people

We often here people expressing how stressed they are feeling or how over worked they are, not having enough time to do the things they like such as spending time with friend and families or even a few self-care activities. We have watch families suffer due to long working hours as well as our jobs due to loss of interest and enthusiasm resulting from burnout. 

When workers are balanced and happy, they are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay in their jobs.

Here is how you can accomplish work life balance

At work    

  • Set manageable goals each day. 
  • Be efficient with your time at work. 
  • Take five. 
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Give yourself a break. 

         At Home

  • Don’t over commit. 
  • Get support. 
  • Stay active. 
  • Treat your body right. 
  • Get help if you need it. 

Tameca Dempster-Mattocks is an accomplished Associate Counseling Psychologist and Financial Counsellor, holding an M.Sc. Degree in Counselling and Social Work from Mico University College, along with multiple certifications in mental health from the University of Washington.

 

Currently, she holds the positions of Regional Psychologist – NERHA and Mental Health Program Coordinator at the Caribbean Training & Education Center for Health (C-TECH). Tameca has successfully managed regional mental health projects, overseeing and leading impactful initiatives that positively influence the mental well-being of individuals in the region. 

 

With a passion for community service, Tameca actively contributes to various private and charitable organizations, dedicating her time as a volunteer to support community members and at-risk youth.

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