Congratulations to the first 45 Certified Peer Workers in New York State!
To be certified as a peer worker, a person must have "lived experience" related to HIV, Hepatitis C, and/or harm reduction services.
Certified peer workers are employed by community based organizations and hospitals, in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Many Certified Peer Workers have taken LTI's "Foundational Training Series" - training that peers can take on their path to becoming certified.
Above, three LTI Peer Mentors from Western New York graduated the program. Left to right: Yolanda Sims, Dawn Trotter, and Liza Pereira.
In addition, LTI Peer Mentors who also graduated:
Below, Perry "Rusty" Chambliss speaks to to the graduates and then snaps a picture with Dawn Carney.