Epidemiologist from the city of El Paso recognized by the LGBTQ + community


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – City of El Paso public health epidemiologist Vanessa Casner has secured a spot on the LGBTQ + Playing Cards Border Heroes for her LGBTQ + advocacy and HIV awareness activism.

“I am honored to be recognized for the work we do at the Department of Public Health (DPH) for our LGBTQ + community in our efforts to ensure a thriving quality of life for all members of the community,” said Casner .

The Borderland Rainbow Center and the Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso have created the Border Heroes Playing Card Deck Project to honor LGBTQ + leaders and influencers from the border, with work by artists from the border.

City officials share that the Ministry of Public Health provides a variety of inclusive health services for the community, including HIV prevention services, including:

  • LGBTQ + Cultural Sensitivity Training Education
  • Free testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C
  • Housing support services for people living with HIV and homelessness
  • Free harm reduction counseling for people living with HIV and those at risk of becoming HIV positive
  • Mfactor El Paso, a social networking group for gay / bi and queer men, ages 18-39
  • Community mobilization, a community planning organization to support and improve HIV prevention and care services in El Paso
  • HIV support group
  • The purple pages of El Paso, an online resource for LGBTQ + friendly medical providers, social service providers and organizations
  • PrEP navigation services, free services to providers and clinics who can prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as well as financial assistance for the drug
  • Condom distribution services
  • References to services

For more information on HIV-related services, visit EPHealth.com and click on the HIV Prevention tab. For more information on the Border Heroes project, visit www.BorderlandRainbow.org

For our previous coverage of the LGBTQ + community, click here.

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