DECEMBER IS AIDS AWARENESS MONTHAids Awareness Month is important because it reminds us that HIV has not gone away and is still a threat in the world today. Every 9.5 minutes someone in the United States is infected. Aids Awareness month is an opportunity to raise awareness, remember those who are no longer here, and celebrate the progress we have achieved in the treatment and increase in preventative care. There is still a tremendous need to raise money, increase awareness, and improve education. It also identifies the important need to remind people of how important it is to get tested and know their results. According to more than one million Americans are living with HIV.

Jamie Shapiro

Jamie Shapiro, founder of Companion Services of America, LLC received a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. Jamie started her career in psychiatric social work at Northwestern University Institute of Psychiatry. Later, she went on to become the Director of Social Services at Belmont Community Hospital where she developed discharge planning procedures to assist staff in identifying potential patients requiring intervention.