FIGHT Staff

Tina Radin, MSW

TEACH

Interventions Coordinator, TEACH

Tina Radin
Contact
tradin@fight.org
Ext. 233
Education/Training:

MSW, Temple University BS, Health Communication Studies, James Madison University

Board Certifications:

LSW

Why did you join FIGHT?

I used to live in Washington DC and spent a few years doing HIV prevention, syringe exchange and sex worker outreach work. When I moved to Philadelphia, a colleague from that job pointed me towards Philadelphia FIGHT and told me they did the kind of work I was interested in. After doing some of my own research and coming in to meet with a staff member, I learned that Philadelphia FIGHT was exactly the kind of agency I wanted to work for. I’ve always felt strongly that access to healthcare is a basic human right, and I knew that my beliefs aligned well with the FIGHT mission.

Explain what you do at FIGHT.

I coordinate and teach the Project TEACH class. This is Philadelphia FIGHT’s signature education program, an eight-week HIV treatment education program for people who are living with HIV. In this class students learn that they can live a long, healthy, and fulfilling life with the virus, and that they can be their own best advocates.

Tell us about a specific moment that stands out during your career at FIGHT.

There are so many moments that make me feel fortunate to be able to do the job I do, but the one that stands out most was at the end of the first semester that I taught the TEACH Class. I had the students fill out final evaluations where they were asked to share the most valuable lesson they learned from taking this class. One student wrote, “I learned that I am important and deserving of love.” That was the moment that I really understood the true value of this program and this organization!

Working for an AIDS service organization can be hard. What keeps you motivated?

I am motivated by the knowledge that my co-workers really believe in the work they are doing and are truly passionate about it. I am also motivated by the strength, resilience and drive that our participants have to overcome the challenges and barriers they face and make their own lives better. More than anything, though, I am motivated by the enormous legacy of Project TEACH, in Philadelphia and beyond. I have lost track of how many times I have heard or read a participant's account of how the Project TEACH program changed their life and has given them a renewed sense of hope. Knowing that I get to be a part of that is really something special.