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Local HIHAF Case Manager to Receive Recognition

November 27, 2015, 9:27 AM HST
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For the past 19 years, Cindy Medeiros has dedicated herself to taking care of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS in Hawai’i’s communities. Now, as the Hawai’i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation case manager, the Hawai’i State Department of Health is recognizing her for her efforts.

The DOH STD/AIDS Prevention Branch has named Medeiros as the 2015 Annual Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award recipient. She has served in various aspects at HIHAF and has been a passionate advocate for the HIV community on the Big Island.

“Cindy has made so many significant accomplishments and outstanding contributions in the area of HIV/AIDS in Hawai’i,” said Lenard Allen, a long-time colleague of Medeiros. “She has been steadfast in her dedication to serving all clients equally even those who are the most challenging.

“Whether marching in the Merrie Monarch Parade to keep awareness alive about HIV, working closely with a client on quality of life choices, or educating new employees beginning their careers in the field of HIV/AIDS, Cindy approaches each activity with the same compassion and dedication in her words and manner as she did 19 years ago.”

The Suzanne Richmond-Crum award honors the late Richmond-Crum, who served inHawai’i’s Seropositivity and Medical Management Program of the DOH STD/AIDS Prevention Branch for over 10 years. The award is presented yearly to an individual within the state who has exhibited an outstanding contribution in providing HIV/AIDS services.

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Medeiros will be honored during a World AIDS Day ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Honolulu on Dec. 1.

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