Sally Cherry: “CHARE - Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange Project” for the November 30th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 30th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature Sally S. Cherry (SarVana Haalan in Second Life). In recognition of World AIDS Day, She will be talking to us about her community health work focusing on HIV/AIDS, the CHARECHeTARE projects and using social media and technology for capacity building and awareness.


About CHARE / CHeTARE Project: In 2010, Community HIV/A

IDS Resource Exchange (CHARE) Project was launched to embrace connecting, communicating, and collaborating opportunities that will enhance awareness and delivery of HIV/AIDS prevention education, HIV testing, and related services. CHARE Project provides capacity building through effective use of social media such as Twitter postings, Twitter chats, Facebook Business Pages, Pinterest postings, Virtual Worlds Integration, and other relevant social media platforms. A companion program, Community Technology Awareness Resource Exchange (CHeTARE) Project was launched in 2012. It provides capacity building through social media and 3-D virtual worlds to enhance the delivery of technology awareness, training, career development, and related services within the public health community. As with CHARE Project, the CHeTARE Project identifies, promotes, and fosters collaborative networking partnerships for capacity building, training, and technical assistance for health service providers especially those serving women and girls.


Bio: In 1974, Sally S. Cherry received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Morgan State University and received a Certificate of Completion in Medical Technology from Union Memorial Hospital - School of Medical Technology. In 1975, Sally was certified as a registered medical technologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).  After working as a medical technologist at Union Memorial Hospital until 1978, Sally joined the Bureau of Disease Control within Baltimore City Health Department as Laboratory Coordinator. While at the Health Department, Sally’s most exciting task was assisting with the planning, designing, and launching of the Bureau of Disease Control (BDC) Laboratory. 


In 1990, Sally established her own professional network, Cherry Consulting Network as a professional venture offering laboratory consulting and training services. Through the Network, Sally has conducted laboratory consulting and training assignments as a national STD lab instructor and an international GTI consultant in USA, Turkey, Kenya, Egypt, and Uganda. 


From November 2007 to June 2010, Sally was employed as the Project Manager for a Baltimore-based AIDS service organization. Her duties were centered on community mobilization, outreach, and HIV prevention education within high risk populations. She worked collaboratively with various substance abuse prevention/treatment agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, government agencies, and other AIDS service organizations to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS in Baltimore City. 


Sally strives to channel her acquired thirty-four (34) years of public health (clinical, administrative, international, and outreach), social media knowledge, and professional networks. Through her ongoing work, she welcomes opportunities to provide social media marketing, training, coaching, and consulting services associated with STI laboratory methods, HIV/AIDS prevention, health disparities, and laboratory career recruitment. 


Join us in Second Life!


Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, November 30th, 8:30 AM SLT / PST

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater



  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central
  • 8:55 am Main Speaker: Sally S. Cherry (SarVana Haalan in Second Life)
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements


The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.


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Thanks to Nonprofit Commons in Second Life (NPSL) community

Thank you for the opportunity to share Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (CHARE) Project in observance of World AIDS Day 2012. It is indeed a pleasure to participate within this collaborative community of practice, Nonprofit Commons in Second Life(NPSL). It is my hope that more Maryland-based nonprofits will join the community and learn how to integrate virtual worlds into their respective programs and activities.

Much success,
SarVana Haalan
aka Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP)


Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.