Current and Recent Projects

Using HIV Surveillance Data for Prevention and Care Planning

  • Project Director for GEARS, Inc. (Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions) contract with CDC to provide Technical Assistance to US health departments to strengthen their Data to Care programs
  • Provide Technical Assistance to John Snow, Inc. for the implementation of Data to Care– using surveillance data for linkage and re-engagement in care
    • Examples include:
      • Create content and present webinar on data sharing agreements for Data to Care
      • Provide technical review of Needs Assessment Tool for seven states participating in Data to Care
  • Write the guidance document “Constructing a State HIV Continuum of Care” for use by Delaware, Arkansas and available for others
  • Collaborate with the State of South Carolina’s HIV Surveillance and Prevention Programs in writing their Policy and Procedure Manual for implementation of their Data to Care Program
  • TA Provider for the NASTAD Capacity Building Assistance Program
    • Examples include:
      • Respond to TA requests from health departments
      • Serve as a trainer during regional trainings
      • Develop curricula on surveillance related topics
      • Review project deliverables
  • Serve as Epidemiology Consultant for The Stigma Index, a project of the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in North America (GNP+NA)
    • Summarize and describe the HIV epidemic in the 21 areas being considered for conducting the Stigma Index Survey
  • Produce a tool kit and a series of five monthly webinars for implementing integrated security and confidentiality procedures across HIV, STD, TB and viral Hepatitis surveillance and case management programs at health departments

Supporting U.S Surveillance Programs

  • Project Director for GEARS, Inc. (Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions) contract with CDC to provide Technical Assistance to US health departments to strengthen their Data to Care programs
  • Review State of Nebraska’s HIV surveillance program and provide recommendations for the future
  • Write Security and Confidentiality Policy and Procedure Manual for State of Nebraska to comply with the CDC 2011 integrated security and confidentiality guidelines
  • Member of Abt Associate’s National Expert Stakeholder Committee for HRSA project: Strengthening and Improving the HIV Care Continuum within Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A Jurisdictions
  • Work with NORC staff to provide expertise and guidance to CDC and project staff related to the establishment of a vision and eye health surveillance system for the nation
  • Consulting with NASTAD and CDC, developed an assessment of the data management systems used by US HIV surveillance programs to manage laboratory data, report cases, partner services and linkage to care
  • Provide Technical Assistance to the State of Arkansas HIV Surveillance Program for implementation of electronic laboratory reporting of HIV related data
  • Provide Technical Assistance to HealthHIV—recent example was conducting training on security and confidentiality with health department, clinics and community based organizations in the US Virgin Islands
  • Create content and present webinar on data sharing agreements for “Data to Care” – using HIV surveillance data to link and retain PLHIV in care
  • Produce a tool kit and a series of five monthly webinars for implementing integrated security and confidentiality procedures across HIV, STD, TB and viral Hepatitis surveillance and case management programs at health departments
  • Worked with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) HIV Subcommittee’s Leadership Group to 1) support the work of HIV Surveillance Programs, 2) influence national HIV surveillance policies and practices and 3) foster leadership among HIV Surveillance Coordinators in the United States

Report Writing/Webinar Production/Technical Review

  • Write Security and Confidentiality Policy and Procedure Manual for State of Nebraska to comply with the CDC 2011 integrated security and confidentiality guidelines
  • Write the guidance document “Constructing a State HIV Continuum of Care” for use by Delaware, Arkansas and available for others
  • Write Multi-Country Report on Adolescent Health and Sexuality in Six British and Dutch Overseas Caribbean Territories for the Pan American Health Association (PAHO)
  • Technical advisor/reviewer for the AIDSVu map in preparation for annual launch of new data on National HIV Testing Day 2014 and 2015.
  • Produce a tool kit and a series of five monthly webinars for implementing integrated security and confidentiality procedures across HIV, STD, TB and viral Hepatitis surveillance and case management programs at health departments.
  • Co-author HIV case surveillance Standard Operating Procedures manual for the Ministry of Health in Guyana
  • Create content and present webinar on data sharing agreements for “Data to Care” – using surveillance data to link and retain PLHIV in care.
  • Objective Review Committee Panelist for Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health — Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards Program

Global

  • Work with the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Global Program to advise the Ministry of Health in Guyana on implementing HIV case reporting
    • Work with Ministry of Health (MoH), Health Center, Hospital and Voluntary Counseling & Testing (VCT) Staff and other NASTAD TA  providers to accomplish following activities:
      • Develop work plan and timeline, in partnership with MoH Surveillance Officer for the development of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Manual and data security and confidentiality protocols
      • Observe data collection and data entry process at four case surveillance pilot sites and MoH
      • Observe data security and confidentiality processes at four pilot sites for the purpose of developing security and confidentiality minimum criteria and training of trainers curriculum
      • Provide MoH with support and input on the case surveillance form
      • Assist with development and writing of SOP
      • Strategize on developing accurate deduplication procedures
      • Present script for collecting unique identifier variables at the quarterly VCT meeting for the purpose of getting feedback and buy-in
  • Contribute to a Case Surveillance Toolkit for assisting with the implementation of WHO-recommended global second generation HIV surveillance
  • Provide technical assistance for NASTAD at the Caribbean Regional HIV Case Reporting Workshop to assist with implementation of HIV case reporting in the Caribbean
  • Write Multi-Country Report on Adolescent Health and Sexuality in Six British and Dutch Overseas Caribbean Territories for the Pan American Health Association (PAHO)

Recent and Select Publications

Board Memberships

  • AIDS Vu Technical Advisory Group since the initial launch of the AIDSVu website in 2010
  • Board of Directors of Unified, the largest AIDS Service Organization in Michigan with offices is in Ypsilanti, Detroit and Jackson Michigan
  • Chair of External Affairs Committee of Unified Board which is responsible for fundraising, development, marketing and public relations of new agency