Changing times and needs led Cempa Community Care — formerly Chattanooga CARES — to evolve from HIV/AIDS educator in the 1980s to a champion of healthy communities today.
Not only is HIV no longer a death sentence, eradication is possible thanks to new drugs that suppress the virus to the point it’s undetectable and ones for high-risk individuals that greatly reduce the chance of contracting the disease. At the same time, new challenges — such as the opioid crisis — meant the longstanding nonprofit needed to expand its focus and outreach in order to better serve clients and reach new ones, said CEO Shannon Stephenson. . . .CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE!