Stamford CARES' Campos Named Public Health Champion
The City of Stamford’s Health Department recently announced that Andre Campos, a Senior Medical Case Manager with Family Centers’ Stamford CARES program, was named its 2019 Public Health Champion.
Campos, a resident of Stratford, was chosen for his long-term commitment to improving the lives and overall health of Stamford’s HIV/AIDS population. Presented annually, the Public Health Champion award recognizes individuals whose actions positively impact public health within the City of Stamford.
Campos will be honored at a ceremony at Stamford’s Government Center the week of April 1 in commemoration of National Public Health Week.
Over the past 18 years, Andre Campos has been a trusted resource residents living with HIV/AIDS could turn to for the medical support and general encouragement they need to live healthier lives. Campos joined Stamford CARES in 2001 as a Medical Case Manager, and has worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Whether assisting with securing stable housing, monitoring the proper use of medication or organizing toy drives at Christmastime for his needy children, Campos’ dedication to his clients in unwavering.
Campos also specializes in working with immigrant families – particularly Spanish-speaking –and with Transgendered clients to ensure they receive the care they need. He was promoted to Senior Medical Case Manager in 2010, and now has oversight of Stamford CARES’ team of outreach workers.
“Andre goes above and beyond for his clients and their families, and positively impacts their health and that of the entire community,” said Dennis Torres, Family Centers’ Vice President of Health Care Programs. “He is a forceful advocate for patient care and can be counted on to positively represent the patient perspective to policy and decision makers. Andre was also part of the Getting to Zero Commission, and ensured that Stamford voices were heard and informed the final plan.”
A program of Family Centers, Stamford CARES offers a host of counseling and education services to help children and adults with HIV/AIDS lead healthier, more productive lives. The program is staffed by trained therapists, family counselors and medical case workers. Services include case management, emergency financial assistance, support groups and referral services. Stamford CARES also oversees all HIV/AIDS prevention services in the Stamford area.
Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering heath, education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 200 professionals and 4,000 trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and is accredited by The Joint Commission and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. Visit www.familycenters.org for additional information.