For Immediate Release – Pittsburgh, PA – East Liberty-based Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force announces the promotion of Jason Herring to Director of Programs and Communications, effective June 16, 2015. He most recently served as Marketing and Communications Coordinator since joining the organization in October of 2011. Herring will lead the agency in serving its mission to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and support those infected by overseeing its prevention and outreach programs and overall communications.
A Lawrenceville resident, Herring brings with him an extensive background in business administration and public health, with a focus on HIV, as well as an intense enthusiasm for the work that PATF does in the community. He is a graduate of Point Park University with an MBA in health systems management as well as the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh with an MPH in behavioral and community health sciences. Herring also earned a master’s certificate in LGBT Health and Wellness from Pitt.
“Prevention and outreach programming is about more than teaching people how to not get a disease,” said Herring. “It’s about providing the tools and the strategies of using those tools to live a happier, healthier, more inclusive life.” He continued, “It’s sharing experiences together and growing as a community.”
Pittsburgh native Sandy Austin was hired as the new Rural Medical Case Manager. Austin most recently worked for the Allegheny County Department of Aging as a Care Transitions Coach. She worked with the homeless population in Denver, CO for many years and has extensive experience working with individuals living with chronic illness. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s degree in social work from Smith College.
As the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to be relentless in preventing the spread of infection. PATF is a leader in providing comprehensive support services that improve the health and quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.