Gina Brandolino, Registered Nurse, Essex County Public Health Department
- 5 years of service
Gina Brandolino's success as the Essex County Public Health HIV Educator is easy to measure. During the past two years she has expanded the school outreach program to include 13 schools, 5 of which are new. She has added new community groups to her list of presentations, new HIV testing sites, and added locations where free condoms and education materials can be obtained.
Observation of Gina in a classroom is another measure of her success. Students are actively engaged in her presentations. Through her comfort in discussing sexuality, Gina provides a secure atmosphere to discuss an array of topics in a comprehensive sex education program. Through increased collaboration, the Ryan White Foundation has provided additional funding to cover testing supplies and educational materials.
Gina's love for her job is clear in her ability to reach her audiences successfully.