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The Medical University of South Carolina was recently recognized for its efforts to improve diversity. File/Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Tips for signs of sex trafficking

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center recently published tips for parents and adults to recognize the signs of children and minors who are victims of sex trafficking. 

Those signs include "large amounts of cash, multiple cell phones or hotel keys"; "Tattoos or branding related to money or ownership and/or the child is unwilling to explain"; "Gang involvement, especially among girls"; and a history of running away. 

For more information, visit deenortoncenter.org. January was Human Trafficking Awareness Month. 

MUSC recognized for diversity

Forbes recently named the Medical University of South Carolina No. 53 on its 2018 list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. 

“We take great pride in this recognition from Forbes because it acknowledges noteworthy progress toward achieving one of the five goals of our strategy for the future: to Embrace Diversity and Inclusion,” said MUSC President David Cole, in a press release. 

In the past several years, "diversity and inclusion" have been key pillars in MUSC's overall mission. 

Health staffing firm announces expansion

The S.C. Hospital Association recently announced that a health care staffing company formed by hospitals across the state in 2002 is "evolving into a national workforce solutions provider with a new strategic plan and a new name: Qualivis."

“The demand for health care workforce solutions has never been higher,” said Sherry Kolb, company president, in a press release. “Within the next two years, health care will become the biggest job sector in America. By 2020, health care jobs are projected to grow by 30 percent, more than twice as fast as the general economy. So, we’re growing, too.”

Qualivis was formerly known as Healthcare Staffing Services. 

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AIDS group wins $50,000 grant

Lowcountry AIDS Services recently won a $50,000 grant through the Elton John AIDS Foundation to add a mobile HIV testing van to its existing services. 

“We are incredibly grateful to the Elton John AIDS Foundation for giving us the opportunity to help even more people in our community,” said Bradley Childs, executive director of Lowcountry AIDS Services, in a press release. “For communities with high levels of poverty and limited health resources, whose residents are unable to find transportation to the metro Charleston area for care and testing, a mobile testing van allows us to provide services directly to individuals right in their own community, therefore, increasing our presence and raising awareness in these areas.”

Lowcountry AIDS Services offers free HIV and STD testing. For more information, visit www.aids-services.com

—Lauren Sausser