OUR STORY

"We're here to help you find hope through medicine"

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our MISSION

To end the HIV/STI epidemic in Florida through comprehensive

health education, prevention, testing, and treatment.

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OUR STORY

 

Hope & Help began in 1988 as a small support group of a few friends who cared for a close friend who was experiencing of AIDS-related complications.  The compassion and spirit of those friends lives on today.  Since then, Hope & Help has grown into one of the most comprehensive HIV/STI service organizations in Florida, with a full medical clinic, in addition to testing, education, prevention, case management, support group services, and a syringe service program.

With Florida consistently ranking higher nationally than most other states for new HIV and STI transmissions, Hope & Help is driven by its mission to end the HIV and STI epidemic in Florida through comprehensive health education, prevention, testing, and treatment.  Ultimately, Hope & Help’s vision is to see all generations empowered with the knowledge, resources, and opportunities necessary to live healthy and stay well.  Hope & Help is the warm hug of health care.  Today, Hope & Help offers HIV/STI preventive and treatment services to thousands of patients across Florida, including Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Seminole, and Miami.

At Hope & Help, we're known as the "warm hug of health care" for our compassionate and skilled approach to making our patients feel welcome, appreciated, and for creating an environment that celebrates diversity, individuality, and the power of the human spirit.  Hope & Help is the recipient of the "2020 Top Places to Work Award" from Orlando Sentinel and the "Best STD Testing Resource in Apopka" by Testing.com.

LEADERSHIP

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JIM PALMISANO

President

BOB ADAMS

Secretary

SUZANNE MEEHLE, ESQ

Director

TRACY RICHARDSON

Vice President

SUE IDTENSOHN
Director

DEBI JONES

Director

BLAKE POWELL
Treasurer

KURTIS MOHR, MD

Director

BELINDA GAMMAGE

Director

*Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP

LISA BARR, MBA

Executive Director

ABBY SILVERMAN, MPH

Operations Director

AMIE K. YOUNG, CPA

Finance Director

JOSHUA J. MYERS, MS, MA

Development & Communications Director

JENNA WIMMER, ARNP

Interim Medical Director

HEALTH PROGRAMS LEADERSHIP

ADAM S. TROY, MPH

Prevention Manager

RAQUEL LUCIANO, MSW

Client Services Manager

ELIZABETH SINGH, MA

Clinic Practice Manager