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Introducing Full Time HEAT!

Health Advice by Mark Randall (From GayCalgary® Magazine, June 2010, page 51)
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Hello, my name is Mark Randall and I am pleased to announce that AIDS Calgary Awareness Association has hired me as their new full time HEAT Program Coordinator providing information, referrals and support to Calgary’s gay and MSM community.
Some of you may already know who I am and that I have been actively involved in Calgary’s gay and MSM community.  As an AIDS Calgary volunteer, I have provided HIV education, support and information to people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.
For those of you who may not recognize or know me yet, I hope you will take time to introduce yourself to me and our agency program when you see me out at different events throughout the coming summer and early fall months.
I am thrilled to have this opportunity to develop and work on programs aimed at reducing potential HIV infections and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections. I look forward to putting my knowledge, experience and skills into a position that is visible and accessible to provide HIV information and harm reduction tools to the Calgary community.
What is HEAT?
HEAT (HIV Education and Awareness Today) is a program designed to address HIV/STI education, awareness and prevention. HEAT engages the gay men/MSM community by providing specific education in support of HIV/STI prevention and health promotion – through outreach, development workshops and online.
What does HEAT do?
My role as the Program Coordinator will be to provide HIV prevention, education and referrals in bars, the bathhouse and other community events. I will also be working with some online social networks providing outreach and information to gay and MSM population along with harm reduction tools, condoms, HIV information, crisis referrals, and community information sessions.
Where will you find HEAT?
You will find HEAT at different events, venues and businesses that cater to the gay and MSM community including local bars, bathhouses, PRIDE Week, the ARGRA Rodeo, and Fairy Tales to name only a few. You will also be able to find me in our office location at the Calgary Cares Centre.
I look forward to strengthening the link between AIDS Calgary and the gay and MSM communities. For more information on the HEAT program, to find out how you can get involved or to ask any questions about the program please feel free to get in touch with me!

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