Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Director of Care and Quality Improvement
Alicia’s commitment to caring for individuals living with and/or at-risk for HIV has remained constant since 1997.
Alicia has been a provider of direct services for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as an administrator overseeing HIV prevention, care and education programs.
Her most recent success is piloting an OWH funded Intergenerational HIV prevention pilot program for African-American women through the lifespan. Having this unique perspective has better equipped Alicia to serve on numerous local and national planning bodies as well as serve on the national board for The AIDS Institute.
Alicia’s rich history with community planning began with the Chicago Area HIV/AIDS Services Planning Council. She served as its first female chair and subsequently chaired that group’s Priority Setting Committee for three years. She was then elected Community Co-Chair of the Chicago HIV Prevention Planning Group-this is significant because Alicia is the first female to have chaired both the HIV Care and Prevention Planning Groups in the city of Chicago. Under her leadership, the integration of Hepatitis C education and prevention became an un-funded mandate for all HIV prevention grantees.
Recognizing that HIV prevention and care are intrinsically linked, she created the HIV Prevention and Care Workgroup in collaboration between both aforementioned planning bodies and other key stakeholders. On the national level, Alicia chaired the Public Policy Committee for the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services-a coalition of directly funded jurisdictions by the CDC for two years.
Alicia received her undergraduate degrees in English and Communication Arts from Villanova University. She completed her graduate studies at University of Illinois in Communication Arts. Alicia is a trainer of trainers for HIV Counseling & Testing and Partner Counselor Referral Services recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.