A blog featuring Teresa Hampton, a DIS from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Teresa was one of the DIS Engage scholarship winners from STD Engage 2019.
During STD Engage, I enjoyed networking with the many vendors and learning about their professional roles and having the opportunity to share my role as a DIS. I also enjoyed the literature that each of the vendors provided about their programs. I was able to take back some of the literature from each of the programs and share with my co-workers. Last but not least, I enjoyed the blessing of being one of the DIS scholarship recipients chosen among so many great applicants for such a phenomenal event.
I learned that as a DIS, we have a very important job. What we do makes a tremendous difference in the lives of people we serve, and we must not take it for granted. As a DIS, we are in the business of impacting the community by empowering people about STDs and HIV through education. By doing so, we will have lower incidence rates of STDs and HIV in our communities. I plan to consistently be mindful and never lose sight that education is the key to winning the fight against STDs and HIV.
The biggest challenge for me is learning that my state, South Carolina, has some catching up to do compared to a lot of other states across the nation. Case in point: I find it hard to believe that South Carolina has not joined in with many other states in regard to allowing a treated person to give their partner medication to be treated as well (expedited partner therapy or EPT). I think it is a great idea and South Carolina needs to get on board with this.
Teresa Hampton is a Disease Intervention Specialist with the Department of Health & Environmental Control in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. Prior to this, she worked as a Foster Care Licensing Coordinator and Child Protective Services Worker with the Department of Social Services in South Carolina. Teresa earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work at Benedict College, as well as a graduate degree in Human Services Management at Springfield College. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys spending time with family and friends, serving in the community with her sorority sisters, reading inspirational/devotional material, fine dining, shopping, traveling, and enjoying life to the fullest!