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Spotlight on Our Sexual Health Navigators: Ranzey Acob and Parris Halemano

The dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to support our community’s health and well-being are at the heart of Hawaiʻi Health & Harm Reduction Center’s (HHHRC) mission. This month, we are excited to spotlight two remarkable staff members: Ranzey Acob and Parris Halemano, who are part of our exceptional team of Sexual Health Navigators. 

 

Meet Ranzey Acob -

 

Ranzey Acob brings a unique blend of skills and compassion to his role as a Sexual Health Navigator. With a passion for supporting the health needs of our community, Ranzey focuses on providing comprehensive sexual health education and services. His approach is rooted in empathy and respect, ensuring that every client feels comfortable and supported. 

 

Ranzey excels in guiding clients through a range of sexual health services, from STI testing to PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) navigation. His dedication to helping clients understand and access the services they need is particularly notable. Ranzey’s commitment to reducing stigma and promoting healthy, informed choices makes him an invaluable member of our team. 

 

Introducing Parris Halemano -

Parris Halemano is another powerhouse at HHHRC, known for her approachable demeanor and extensive expertise in sexual health. Parris’s work focuses on ensuring that clients receive the support and information they need to make informed decisions about their sexual health. Whether it’s through one-on-one consultations or community outreach, Parris’s dedication to fostering a safe and inclusive environment is evident. 

 

Parris’s role encompasses everything from STI testing to PrEP navigation, helping clients understand and access the services available to them. Her ability to connect with people and provide tailored advice and support is truly inspiring. 

 

Continuing Education and Professional Development 

Recently, Ranzey and Parris attended a conference in Denver, Colorado, organized by the National Native HIV Network. This conference provided them with advanced training on the fundamentals of motivational interviewing for HIV, HIV navigation services, cultural humility, and the Sister to Sister training program, which focuses on trans-to-trans sexual health navigation. These new skills and knowledge enhance their ability to serve our community effectively and with greater cultural sensitivity. 

 

We are incredibly proud of Ranzey and Parris’s work every day. Their dedication to our community and unwavering commitment to promoting sexual health and well-being make HHHRC a beacon of hope and support. 

 

For more information or to contact our sexual health navigators, please visit hhhrc.org/gettested or contact our office. Thank you, Ranzey and Parris, for all that you do! 

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