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HIV Care & Infectious Diseases

StayWell provides comprehensive care to HIV+ individuals.

StayWell recognizes the unique needs of patients who carry the highest burden of and risk for HIV infection and who belong to communities that have suffered many barriers to healthcare: Men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, people who inject drugs, people in prison, and sex workers.

StayWell brings together, under one roof, healthcare and advocacy to the following communities: the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) population, people who use drugs, the homeless and those experiencing housing instability, the recently incarcerated, and sex workers.

StayWell offers comprehensive services designed to address all of an individual’s health care needs including:

  • HIV prevention, screening, testing, and treatment
  • Hepatitis C prevention, screening, and treatment
  • Sexually transmitted infection prevention, screening, and treatment
  • Sexual Health Education & Counseling
  • Rapid Testing on-site
  • Universal Testing at annual physicals
  • Substance use disorder management
  • LGBTQ-focused primary care & Transgender health
  • Needle Exchange Program

Services include:

  • Infectious Disease
  • Primary Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Dental
  • Mental health counseling
  • Support Group
  • Substance abuse treatment - In-Patient funding available
  • Medical Case Management

Agencies & Organizations StayWell works with:

Funding provided by HRSA/HAB.

Funding provided by the City of New Haven.
Funding provided by DPH
Funding provided by CHCACT & HRSA D
Funding provided by the Hunt Group

80 Phoenix Avenue
Suite 204
Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: (203)756-8021

 

Meet our Staff!

Kathyleen Pitner - Health & Wellness Programs Director Kathy Pitner

Kathyleen came to StayWell in 2019 as the Ryan White Program Director. She holds a Masters in Health Care Administration and a Masters in Clinical Counseling.  Kathyleen has over 15 years’ experience in National and International programs focused on HIV/Care program planning, contract management, compliance, and monitoring. She served in the United States Peace Corps as a volunteer providing training and technical assistance to community and health service providers to raise awareness about communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and sexual and reproductive health. She has served as a Clinical Associate on UNCONNs Institutional Review Board (IRB), and Co-chair on the Data, Quality Management and Assessment Committee with the Connecticut HIV Planning Council and Connecticut Cross Part Collaborative Capacity Building and Communication Committee. Outside of work Kathy enjoys furniture restoration and spending time with her two fur babies.

 

Dr. Elie Helou

Dr. Helou completed medical school at St Joseph University, Lebanon and completed his residency/fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Dr. Helou is accepting new referrals for ID patients that are 18 or older including HIV, PreP, STD, viral hepatitis etc. Dr. Helou is also a clinical instructor at UConn School of Medicine and works closely with their medical students who rotate here at Staywell.

 

Rosette Molnar – Access to Care Coordinator

Rosette has been working at Staywell Healthcare since 2019 in the Ryan White Department as the Access to Care Coordinator.  She works closely with the Medical Case Managers and Housing Coordinator to ensure our clients are getting the care and help they may need in every service area of their lives. She volunteers and works closely with our Partners, Community Organizations and Churches to educate the public on HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ community.

Rosette has always enjoyed helping people from a young age.  She states, “I do it because it makes me feel like I’m making a difference in people’s lives.  My goal is to provide help however I can.” Rosette’s career aspirations are to become a Medical Case Manager or a Harm Reduction Specialist. Throughout her first year at Staywell, she has learned so much and looks forward to learning and growing much more!

 

Elda Thomas. – Medical Case Management Supervisor

Elda is a Bronx native who moved to Connecticut 5 years ago. Coming from the City lights to the Country life, was something she needed to adapt to. She has been in the Social Services field for over 10 years and has been employed with StayWell Health Center for over 2 years. It has always been her “calling” to provide assistance and help those in need. Elda graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York College in NY. She looks forward to furthering her education to obtain a Public Health degree. As always, with patience and communication, she believes that both consumers and staff can come to a happy medium.

 

Katherine Bonilla – Intensive Medical Case Manager

Katherine has been employed at Staywell for over 13 years collectively, since the year 2000. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and has worked for local agencies, providing social work services and case management at multiple capacities for 20 years. In the last 6 months, she has transitioned into a Medical Case Management role for the Ryan White Program. Katherine finds that her passion lies in working with individuals who are less fortunate and who can benefit from the resources offered in our community. Her hobbies include;  SALSA dancing, event planning, and interior decorating. She is most happy when she spends time with family and friends.

 

Ebony Bennett – Medical Case Manager

Ebony joined StayWell in 2018 as a Medical Case Manager for the Ryan White Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Pennsylvania State University. Since graduating, she has gained experience in various forms of case management working with families, children and adolescents, and adults. In her role as Medical Case Manager, Ebony assists clients with maintaining treatment adherence, medical follow up, and facilitates the linkage to services including but not limited to; mental health and/or substance treatment referrals, housing, food, and transportation. Throughout her work, she strives to provide individuals with necessary tools to promote independence and self-sufficiency. Ebony’s desire to help people, instilled values and morals, and work ethic have played a major role in being able to do the work she does. It is her plan to continue her education to build on her current experience and learn new skills to ultimately become a nurse.

 

Kasima Geter – HOPWA Housing Coordinator

Kasima has been at Staywell since September 2019 as the Housing Opportunities for Person with AIDS (HOPWA) Coordinator in the Ryan White Department. Kasima brings her 15 + years of housing experience, along with housing certifications from HUD, Fair Housing, and CT Access Network. Along with extensive Financial & Case Management background, Kasima’s goal at StayWell is to provide our clients with housing resources to ensure stability & security.

 

Keith Taylor Early Testing Initiative/PrEP Navigator

Keith has been working in the HIV Education field for 17yrs. As a Peer for People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), he has educated clients on how to make the best decisions for the healthiest way of living. He is a strong believer of empowering PLWHA on disclosures of status, and the importance of making sure to keep doctor’s appointments, adhere to medications, as well as Educating the public on PrEP. Keith’s experiences include; Certified Facilitator for 3MV (Many Men Many Voiced), Healthy Relationships, VOICES, Community Promise, as well as Outreach work with SSP clients. As an MSM, and HIV positive, he brings life experiences to the Ryan White program. Keith’s goals are to empower clients to not allow an HIV diagnosis define who they are. There is much more to life.  His goal is to help guide the younger population to have a healthier and productive lifestyle.

 

Chakakhan Geter – Medical Case Manager

Chakakhan earned her Associates Degree in Human Services at Housatonic Community College along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Bridgeport, with Cum Laude Honors. She entered the Human Services field to explore her passion of helping others. Chakakhan’s passion is bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic /stressful experiences.  She has been a Medical Case Manager at StayWell for 2 years and is skilled in completing intakes, care plans, and facilitating support groups. She values integrity, trust, and confidence.

 

Agatha Caniano – Medical Case Manager

Agatha, affectionally known as “Aggie,” has been working at Staywell since 2008. She started as a Nurturing Family Home visitor, which entailed parent management training for families with children between the ages of birth to 5 years old. In 2015, Aggie transferred into a new assignment as a Medical Case Manager. Her responsibilities included; coordination of services for those infected with HIV/AIDS, assisting in developing a comprehensive, individualized careplan, as well as ensuring clients are adherent to medical treatment. Aggie holds a bachelor’s degree in Humans Services and a minor in Criminal Justice from Springfield College.

 

Marinelly Ventura – Medical Case Manager

Marinelly has been working at StayWell Health Center since 2015. Marinelly also known as “Mari,” has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. She started with assisting patients with SNAP and insurance applications, and now works as a Medical Case Manager for the Ryan White Program. She has been in this position since 2017, and continues to look forward to assisting and educating consumers.

 

Natalie Davis – Medical Case Manager

Natalie has been working at Staywell Health Center as a full-time employee for 17 years.  She began her career working in the Clerical Department before transitioning to the Ryan White Services department as a Medical Case Manager in January 2019.  Natalie is passionate about being of service to others, and takes great pride in her work at Staywell providing personalized services to our clients. 

Natalie is currently working towards a degree in Human Services and Psychology, which is a good compliment to her career.  She is detail oriented and works effectively in group settings or independently on her own initiative. Natalie intends to continue to have a meaningful impact as a member of the Staywell team as well as in the lives of our clients.


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