Our Team

  • Brian Feraru

    Project Assistant, Center for Learning and Innovation, SFDPH

    Brian has provided logistical and administrative support as the CBA Project Assistant since September 2019. He comes from a background of environmental and social justice work in the non-profit sector, having served most recently as Administrative Coordinator for the Global Alliance For Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), and Californians for Justice.

  • Fredah Rajab

    CBA Program Associate, Center for Learning and Innovation, SFDPH

    Fredah is a Program Associate for the SF Department of Public Health and is located in CA. She is passionate about Community Building, International Development, Eradication of HIV/AIDS and mitigating the effects of poverty in Key populations.

    Fredah started working on HIV/AIDS in 2003 when she started HIV/AIDS Awareness Club in her local high school. She was learning about HIV/AIDS and understanding the stigma attached to the disease and decided to create awareness to her peers. More schools adopted the HIV/AIDS Clubs structure to meet their needs.

    She has worked for International Peace Initiatives, Ripple’s International, AmerisourceBergen Corporation and Tesla Motor’s Inc.

    She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Government from University of Colorado at Boulder. She has a certificate of Peace and Conflict Resolutions from the same institution.

  • Jesus Gaeta, MPH

    CBA Coordinator, Center for Learning and Innovation, SFDPH

    Jesus Gaeta was the first amongst his 10 siblings to be born in the United States and he has used that privilege to take advantage of the educational opportunities that exist in America. After earning his BA at the University of California, San Diego and his Master of Public Health from San Francisco State University, Jesus returned to the city he was born in, Los Angeles, to begin working with ASOs and FQHCs to support those living with HIV and also help prevent the spread of the virus. Jesus is knowledgeable in providing PrEP & PEP services to those exposed occupationally, victims of sexual assault, people that are pregnant, MSM, transgender/GNC communities, as Spanish speaking populations and those without health insurance.

  • Gary Naja-Riese

    Gary Naja-Riese, MSW

    Managing Director, Capacity Building Initiatives, Center for Learning & Innovation, SFDPH

    Mr. Naja-Riese brings over 20 years of experience in public health, policy development and implementation, community organizing, training, and technical assistance, and public and private sector management to our team. He joins the CBA project after successfully directing the recent Community Transformation Initiative for San Francisco, a three-year project to transform places and empower people to reduce heart disease and stroke. As Director, Mr. Naja-Riese oversaw the management, implementation, and evaluation of the initiative, provided training and technical assistance to 14 partner organizations and 23 members of the SFHIP Steering Committee, and managed the initiative’s staff.

    Previously, Mr. Naja-Riese developed and managed the Prevention Hub at the County of Marin’s Department of Health and Human Services. The Prevention Hub is a cross-collaboration of all the county’s prevention efforts all working together using the collective impact model to reduce injury and chronic disease in Marin County. The following branches were part of the Prevention Hub: High-Impact HIV Prevention, Tobacco-Free Living, Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use, Healthy Eating/Active Living, Injury and Violence Free Living, Reproductive and Sexual Health, and Mental and Emotional Well-Being.

  • Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH

    Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH

    Director, Center for Learning & Innovation, SFDPH, Principal Investigator, getSFcba, and Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF

    Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and is the Director of the Center for Learning & Innovation at the SFDPH—a center of excellence in training and professional development that seeks to bolster the capacity of San Francisco’s public health workforce. For the past 15 years, Dr. Fuchs has led clinical investigations of novel HIV prevention strategies including experimental HIV vaccines, PrEP, and technology-based approaches to optimize PrEP adherence. He is the co-Director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research Mentoring Program and is the Principal Investigator of a CDC-funded Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program that supports local, state and territorial health departments nationwide as they implement High Impact HIV prevention.

  • Shannon Weber, MSW

    Shannon Weber, MSW

    Lead CBA Specialist, PrEP

    Shannon Weber, MSW is the Founder and Director of PleasePrEPMe, advancing access to HIV prevention information and resources by leveraging technology to create connection. She is a Founding Task Force Member for Prevention Access Campaign, responsible for the Undetectable=Untransmittable movement worldwide. Shannon led the launch of the U.S. National Perinatal HIV Hotline, created the hub of sexual and reproductive health at HIVEonline and served as the first director of GettingtoZeroSF, San Francisco’s plan to End the HIV Epidemic. She is an ephemeral artist creating public displays of affection, documenting her appreciative inquiry process at LoveYou2. Having published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and received the 2018 UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, she is also the author of Show Up Hard: A Road Map for Helpers in Crisis.

  • Israel Nieves-Rivera

    Israel Nieves-Rivera

    Director, Office of Equity and Quality Improvement, Population Health Division, SFDPH

    Mr. Nieves-Rivera serves as the principal advisor and coordinator of Division-wide efforts to reduce disparities and improve health equity in San Francisco. Mr. Nieves-Rivera is the former director of HIV Policy for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He provided ongoing input into the framing of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. As a member of the management team in the HIV Prevention Section, Mr. Nieves-Rivera helped to complete the Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan for San Francisco and ensure its alignment to the national goals.

  • Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH

    Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH

    Director, Center for Learning & Innovation, SFDPH, Principal Investigator, getSFcba, and Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF

    Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and is the Director of the Center for Learning & Innovation at the SFDPH—a center of excellence in training and professional development that seeks to bolster the capacity of San Francisco’s public health workforce. For the past 15 years, Dr. Fuchs has led clinical investigations of novel HIV prevention strategies including experimental HIV vaccines, PrEP, and technology-based approaches to optimize PrEP adherence. He is the co-Director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research Mentoring Program and is the Principal Investigator of a CDC-funded Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program that supports local, state and territorial health departments nationwide as they implement High Impact HIV prevention.

  • Susan Buchbinder, MD

    Susan Buchbinder, MD

    Director, Bridge HIV; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF

    Dr. Susan Buchbinder is the Director of Bridge HIV at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. Dr. Buchbinder focuses her research on risk factors for HIV acquisition and interventions to prevent HIV infection, including HIV vaccines, PrEP, behavioral interventions, rectal microbicides and combination modalities. She serves in leadership positions in the HIV Vaccine and Prevention Trials Network, and has participated in numerous NIH and UCSF advisory committees including the AIDS Research Advisory Committee, Prevention Sciences Working Group, Office of AIDS Research Advisory Committee, the UCSF Center for AIDS Research Internal Advisory Board, and the UCSF AIDS Research Institute Scientific Council.

  • Susan Philip, MD, MPH

    Director, Disease Control and Prevention, Population Health Division, SFDPH; Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF

    Dr. Philip oversees population-level clinical and disease control efforts, including biomedical HIV prevention, HIV and syphilis partner services, and HIV testing in clinical settings. Dr. Philip has served as a successful investigator on numerous NIH and CDC funded STD and HIV clinical trials. Currently, she contributes national and state leadership on the Executive Committee of the California STD Controllers Association and as Board Chair of the National Coalition of STD Directors. She is also an assistant clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCSF, and sees HIV primary care patients at SF City Clinic.

  • Tomás Aragón, MD, MPH

    Tomás Aragón, MD, MPH

    Health Officer, City and County of San Francisco; Director, Population Health Division, SFDPH

    As Health Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, Dr. Aragón exercises leadership and legal authority to protect and promote health and equity. As the Director of the Population Health Division, he oversees public health services. He teaches epidemiological computing at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and is interested in the practical application of decision and complexity sciences to health leadership and organizational performance. Dr. Aragón is the Principal Investigator of a CDC grant to develop and deliver training in complex decision making. He is also a fellow in the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Program.

  • Willi McFarland, MD, PhD

    Willi McFarland, MD, PhD

    Director, Center for Public Health Research, SFDPH; Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF

    Dr. McFarland’s experience ranges from mentoring undergraduate students to mid-career faculty as well as providing training, technical assistance, and capacity building to personnel of local health departments and national ministries of health. He also serves as Joint-PI for the SFDPH Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program (SHARP) for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. He oversees UCSF’s training programs for visiting scholars from Africa and the Middle East and has directly mentored over 50 young investigators from 18 countries for degree and short-term training programs. Dr. McFarland’s long term capacity building goals are to increase the representation of minority scholars and health officials and ensure that trainees from biomedical disciplines are bridged to the methods, perspectives, and advances in prevention research from diverse social sciences fields.

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  • Fredy Roberts-Ramirez

    CBA Specialist

    Fredy Roberts-Ramirez has been working in the HIV Prevention Field since 2007, where they started off as a Social Networks recruiter because of their popularity in doing drag in Milwaukee, WI. Currently they are the TGNC Youth HIV Prevention Program Manager Of CDC’s PS17-1704, also known as the VOICES project at the Broadway Youth Center, a program of Howard Brown Health for the last 3 years. At Howard Brown Health, they work every day to create safe spaces, programming and help dismantle systems that cause barriers for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Youth to make sure they are able to lead safe, fruitful and visible lives. Also they are currently a consultant for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  Fredy has been a part of various leadership programs such as the Wisconsin Leadership Fellowship for People of Color, Illinois Getting to Zero Campaign, Howard Brown Leadership Fellowship and now the NMAC Reclaiming Our Place at the Table- A NMAC Policy & Advocacy Program. Fredy dedicates himself to make sure they utilizes their platform to speak up on various issues that surround LGBTQIA people, but especially Trans and Gender Non-conforming people of color.

  • Dan Dye

    Sr. eLearning Strategist/Producer, Monarch Media

    Dan leads the LMS implementation team at Monarch Media. For 15 years Dan has lead web, LMS and ecommerce projects. He has extensive experience in program management, agile and waterfall project management methodologies, experience design, graphic design, online product management and digital marketing.

     

  • Maria Lopez, PharmD

    CBA Consultant, Mission Wellness

    Maria Lopez is a pharmacist specialist clinician and administrator with experience in implementing clinical services in a community pharmacy. Dr. Lopez oversaw the implementation of HCV point of care testing and One Stop PrEP at Mission Wellness, the first such community pharmacy programs in California. Her work in community pharmacy aims to increase PrEP uptake and HIV prevention efforts in pharmacy, with a focus on at risk populations not engaged in care. She has published and taught pharmacists locally and nationally on the topics of PrEP implementation and testing in a pharmacy. Dr. Lopez also is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

  • Katie Burk, MPH

    Viral Hepatitis Coordinator, SFDPH

    Katie is the Viral Hepatitis Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of Public Health where she oversees hepatitis programming and works on issues related to the health of people who use drugs. In this role Ms. Burk co-founded End Hep C SF, the first local hepatitis C elimination initiative in the U.S. utilizing a collective impact framework, which has since become a national model. Prior to her employment at SFDPH, Ms. Burk worked as a Capacity-Building Program Manager at the Harm Reduction Coalition, where she worked nationally to expand syringe access service provision, and as a Program Evaluator at Public Health Seattle & King County’s Health Care for the Homeless team. Ms. Burk started her career as a case manager for San Franciscans living with HIV.

  • Robert Wilder-Blue

    CBA Specialist, PrEP

    Robert Wilder Blue is currently on the PrEP Capacity Building Faculty for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, with particiular expertise in HIV biomedical prevention program (PrEP/PEP) creation, management, and evaluation and PrEP navigation training and support. His most recent work was as head of the PrEP and PEP programs at San Francisco City Clinic. His experience includes several years of direct client service in sexual health and wellbeing counseling, social work, and case management with diverse communities.

  • Geoffrey Hart-Cooper, MD

    Pediatrician and Medical Director, Virtual PrEP Program for Adolescents and Young Adults, Stanford Children’s Health

    Geoffrey Hart-Cooper, MD is the Medical Director of Stanford’s Virtual PrEP Program for Adolescents and Young Adults and a primary care pediatrician. He completed an applied epidemiology fellowship in the Divisions of HIV and STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control, and has focused on adolescent and young adult sexual health since. During his pediatric residency at the University of California – San Francisco, he developed PrEP provider trainings and conducted a national adolescent provider survey regarding PrEP knowledge, attitudes and practices. As an HIV prevention specialist at CBA, he has worked with various health departments and organizations to develop and implement PrEP telehealth programs. His expertise focuses on leveraging telemedicine to improve PrEP care for adolescents and young adults.

    Area of expertise:

    PrEP, PrEP & Adolescents

  • Denise Smith, MPA

    CBA Specialist

    Denise Smith is on the Capacity Building Faculty for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, with an emphasis on PrEP financing.  She previously had 36 years of experience in Public Health in Kern County, California, with 10 of these years managing Disease Control Programs. As the HIV Director, she successfully implemented opt-out HIV testing and the provision of HIV PrEP and PEP in the county STD clinic utilizing Navigators to assist with navigating insurance and monitoring compliance with patients.  In 2010 through grant funding she provided leadership in developing an infrastructure for billing of clinic services, which resulted in an immediate increase of revenue of $800,000 within the first 6 months and annual increase of about $400,000 each year.  This model became a template for many programs across the country and she has provided consultation services to assist others with improving their billing infrastructure.  Denise has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Master’s in Public Administration.

  • Brian Abascal, MFA

    Project Manager, Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center, UCSF

    Brian is a project manager for the Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center. Brian has been active in the field of HIV care and prevention for the last 15 years.  Most recently, he performed as the Interim CBA Coordinator for getSFcba during their needs assessment process for state and local health jurisdictions in the CDC’s Western Region. His past projects for the Pacific AETC include coordination of their State Office of AIDS contract from the CDPH Office of AIDS, which funds local partners in key identified local health jurisdictions (LHJs) in the state of California to provide technical assistance (TA), training, and other capacity building activities regard pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), HIV testing in a clinical setting, and high impact prevention (HIP) of HIV. Brian’s current projects at the Pacific AETC’s are their Ending the HIV Epidemic activities, COVID-19 activities funded by the CARES Act, and providing TA for local partners on making documents 508 compliant and accessible. In addition, he coordinates the HIV Learning Network (HIVLN), a twice a month webinar telehealth series for providers on HIV and other key health topics.

  • Albert Liu, MD, MPH

    Clinical Research Director, Bridge HIV

    Dr. Albert Liu is the Clinical Research Director of Bridge HIV within the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. His research focuses on the safety and effectiveness of PrEP agents, strategies to monitor and support PrEP adherence, and how best to implement PrEP in real-world settings. He is an investigator within the HIV Prevention Trials Network, Microbicide Trials Network, and the newly formed COVID Prevention Trials Network. He also serves as co-chair of the PrEP Committee of the San Francisco Getting to Zero Consortium and a member of the UCSF IRB. Dr. Liu is a board-certified internist and is currently an attending physician at San Francisco General Hospital.

    Area of expertise:

    PrEP

  • Charles K. Fann

    Charles K. Fann

    Primary Care Practice Manager, Tom Waddell Urban Health, San Francisco Health Network

    Charles K. Fann is the Primary Care Practice Manager at Tom Waddell Urban Health within the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  He  has extensive experience in the managing DIS and partner services programs, linkage to care initiatives, PEP/PrEP awareness and education, and HIV screening and marketing.  In the past 18 years, he has developed many successful HIV and STD screening programs for high-risk negatives and those newly diagnosed with HIV at both local health departments and community-based organizations.  His down-to-earth approach providing of technical assistance to other health departments in the fields of social media based client education, internet based partner services, implementing behavioral interventions, HIV community planning and community-based outreach has contributed to successful programmatic outcomes.

  • Darpun Sachdev, MD

    Darpun Sachdev, MD

    Clinical Prevention Specialist, Disease Prevention and Control, SFDPH

    Darpun Sachdev is a clinical prevention specialist in the Disease Prevention and Control Branch of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  She directs the City-wide Linkage, Integration, Navigation and Comprehensive Services (LINCS) program and is the programmatic lead on Data to Care initiatives.  She is also directs public health detailing activities.

  • Diane Jones, RN, ACRN

    Nursing Consultant, San Francisco Bay Area/North Coast AIDS Education & Training Center

    Ms. Jones has over 30 years of experience in providing care to people living with HIV and AIDS in the public health sector. She is currently the Managing Director of the Positive Health Access to Services and Treatment (PHAST) team. PHAST is an HIV clinic-based multidisciplinary team that has been linking patients to care at a County Hospital for over ten years. PHAST has extensive partnerships through the Department of Public Health and community-based HIV testing organizations. Ms. Jones has also led efforts to establish a comprehensive HIV testing program at San Francisco General Hospital, including testing in the Emergency Department, inpatient psychiatric unit, inpatient medical-surgical units, hospital-based primary care clinics and the hospital-based urgent care center. Ms. Jones has experience providing technical assistance to other medical centers and clinics on these and other issues as core faculty for the San Francisco AIDS Education and Training Center.

    Area of expertise:

    Linkage to Care

  • Ed Wolf

    Ed Wolf

    PCC Curriculum Writer and Trainer

    Ed Wolf has been working in the HIV field since 1983. He worked on the first designated AIDS ward at San Francisco General Hospital and has developed trainings for Shanti Project and the UCSF AIDS Health Project. He’s also developed curriculum for the NIH, CDC, the original iPrEx trials, the Microbicide Treatment Network and others and has delivered HIV-related trainings across the United States, South America and Africa. He is featured in the award-winning documentary, “We Were Here.”

  • Eileen Loughran

    Eileen Loughran

    Drug User health Community Programs Manager, 
Community Health Equity and Promotion (CHEP) Branch, SFDPH

    Eileen Loughran has worked with the SF Department of Public Health since 1997. She has experience working the front-line with homeless, incarcerated, and injection drug using populations.  Ms. Loughran has over twenty years of HIV prevention experience in community planning, community-based research, HIV counseling and testing, harm reduction, and community engagement. She has acted as the Government Co-chair of the HIV Prevention Planning Council and the merged HIV Community Planning Council to ensure local HIV prevention efforts are informed by community values, insight, and experience.

    In her current role, she provides oversight for planning and implementation of syringe access and disposal programs, including maintaining strong relationships with the San Francisco Police Department and community partners. Ms. Loughran works across City departments that address substance use, homelessness, and safe injection services.

  • Erin Antunez, MS

    Program Coordinator, Linkage Integration Navigation Comprehensive Services (LINCS), SFDPH

    Ms. Antunez has worked with SFDPH partners for the past three years to help develop the LINCS Navigation program, which provides linkage to care and re-engagement services to HIV-positive patients and clients who are identified as out-of-care or lost-to-follow up. Ms. Antunez supervises the LINCS Navigators who work with known-HIV positive persons, helping them to navigate the system of care, arrange and attend medical appointments, and provide direct counseling and problem solving assistance to overcome barriers to engagement in care. Prior to her work on LINCS, Ms. Antunez worked as an outreach worker, interviewer and counselor with active substance users for behavioral and pharmacological research studies in SFDPH and UCSF. She has worked in the field of harm reduction for the past fifteen years, starting with conducting street outreach and underground needle exchange for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project in 1998.

    Area of expertise:

    Data-to-Care, Linkage to Care

  • Erin Wilson, DrPH

    Erin Wilson, DrPH

    Research Scientist, Center for Public Health Research (CPHR) Branch, SFDPH

    Dr. Wilson was recently awarded a 5-year R01 from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct an ethnographic and epidemiological study of HIV risk and resilience among transgender female youth. Dr. Wilson is the PI for the evaluation of a HRSA-funded Special Projects of National Significance demonstration project to increase linkage and retention in care among transwomen of color in the U.S. She is also a Co-Investigator for a HIV surveillance study of transmen in San Francisco. Dr. Wilson is an expert in qualitative methods. Her current work includes formative data collection for country-wide behavioral surveillance studies of risk populations such as MSM, international faculty mentoring for teaching qualitative research courses through her affiliation with the Institute for Global Health at the University of California, San Francisco, and conducting standalone qualitative inquiries to better understand HIV risk and care seeking among transgender women. Dr. Wilson also provides mentorship and training at all levels including faculty, postdoctoral fellows, junior investigators, and undergraduates through the SHARP summer internship program.

    Area of expertise:

    Transgender Youth

  • Hanna Hjord, MPH

    Program Manager, Minority AIDS Initiative-Targeted Capacity Expansion (MAI-TCE) Program, Community Health Equity and Promotion (CHEP) Branch, SFDPH

    Hanna Hjord is a Program Manager with the Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. With 15 years of progressive experience, Ms. Hjord has worked at the forefront of addressing the intersection between social justice and health, from advocating for tenants’ rights in the Tenderloin, to providing sustainable drinking water in rural Africa, to integrating primary care with mental health and substance use services in San Francisco medical settings. She coordinated the city-wide “Get Turned On To It” FC2 female condom campaign for transwomen and gay and bisexual men. In this role, she designed online trainings, created a local website and helped develop the National Female Condom Coalition website. She currently heads a 3-year, SAMHSA-funded program that expands San Francisco’s capacity to address the behavioral health needs of people living with and at risk for HIV.

  • Israel Nieves-Rivera

    Israel Nieves-Rivera

    Director, Office of Equity and Quality Improvement, Population Health Division, SFDPH

    Mr. Nieves-Rivera serves as the principal advisor and coordinator of Division-wide efforts to reduce disparities and improve health equity in San Francisco. Mr. Nieves-Rivera is the former director of HIV Policy for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He provided ongoing input into the framing of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. As a member of the management team in the HIV Prevention Section, Mr. Nieves-Rivera helped to complete the Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan for San Francisco and ensure its alignment to the national goals.

  • Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH

    Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH

    Director, Center for Learning & Innovation, SFDPH, Principal Investigator, getSFcba, and Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF

    Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and is the Director of the Center for Learning & Innovation at the SFDPH—a center of excellence in training and professional development that seeks to bolster the capacity of San Francisco’s public health workforce. For the past 15 years, Dr. Fuchs has led clinical investigations of novel HIV prevention strategies including experimental HIV vaccines, PrEP, and technology-based approaches to optimize PrEP adherence. He is the co-Director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research Mentoring Program and is the Principal Investigator of a CDC-funded Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program that supports local, state and territorial health departments nationwide as they implement High Impact HIV prevention.

  • Oscar Macias

    Oscar Macias, MPH

    Program Liaison, Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch (CHEP), SFDPH

    Mr. Macias has been doing HIV prevention work since 1995 with a primary focus on Latino gay and bisexual men and Latina transfemales. His expertise includes community planning and health education. He was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the Latino Action Plan, a blueprint for the design of culturally appropriate HIV prevention strategies relevant to the needs of Latino gay and bisexual men in San Francisco. His current duties engage him with community-based organizations by providing technical assistance to address HIV-related disparities among Latino MSM and coordinates the CDC Materials Review Process. Most recently, through the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors’ (NASTAD) Minority Leadership Program, he developed an implementation plan for the integration of local prevention and care community planning efforts.

    Area of expertise:

    Jurisdictional Planning, Policy

  • Seth Pardo, PhD

    Seth Pardo, PhD

    Program Evaluator, Behavioral Health Services, SFDPH

    Seth Pardo, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized researcher, program evaluator, and transgender health specialist active with educating providers, early career professionals, and students on social determinants of health for people with trans lived experiences. Dr. Pardo is currently a Lead Evaluator with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He has worked for over a decade to raise awareness about the various factors that facilitate healthy development of gender identity, sexuality, intersectionality, and medical decision making for people with trans and gender diverse identities. Specializing in both academic and public health settings, Dr. Pardo has conducted federally-funded research as well as hosted, developed and presented workshops on sexual health, HIV prevention, substance use and recovery, diversity, cultural humility, medical necessity of gender affirming surgeries, and predictors of healthy identity development. He is considered a subject matter expert on transgender health and has a long history of developing innovative ways to move cultural competence from abstract ideas to implemented best practices.

    Area of expertise:

    HIV & Transgender Health, Policy

  • Shelley N. Facente, MPH

    Principal Consultant, Facente Consulting

    Shelley Facente is a senior public health consultant with over a decade of experience working with government agencies and community-based non-profits, helping her clients understand, implement, and tell their story. Shelley earned a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, with a concentration in Health and Social Behavior and a specialty in multicultural studies. She then worked for six years with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, assisting community-based organizations to plan and implement rapid HIV testing programs. This role helped Shelley hone her skills in bridging the gap between people developing policies and those implementing policies in the field. In 2009, Shelley left the health department and founded Facente Consulting, a public health consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her previous and current projects include work with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Shannon Weber, MSW

    Shannon Weber, MSW

    Lead CBA Specialist, PrEP

    Shannon Weber, MSW is the Founder and Director of PleasePrEPMe, advancing access to HIV prevention information and resources by leveraging technology to create connection. She is a Founding Task Force Member for Prevention Access Campaign, responsible for the Undetectable=Untransmittable movement worldwide. Shannon led the launch of the U.S. National Perinatal HIV Hotline, created the hub of sexual and reproductive health at HIVEonline and served as the first director of GettingtoZeroSF, San Francisco’s plan to End the HIV Epidemic. She is an ephemeral artist creating public displays of affection, documenting her appreciative inquiry process at LoveYou2. Having published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and received the 2018 UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, she is also the author of Show Up Hard: A Road Map for Helpers in Crisis.

  • Stephanie Cohen, MD, MPH

    Stephanie Cohen, MD, MPH

    Medical Director, San Francisco City Clinic; Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UCSF

    Medical director, San Francisco City Clinic, the municipal STD clinic in San Francisco; assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases, UCSF Dr. Cohen received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at UCSF. She completed a research fellowship in HIV prevention studies at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) and has a MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. She provides HIV primary care at City Clinic and the VA medical center. Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on using implementation science to guide the translation of STD and HIV prevention research into clinical and public health practice. She is currently a protocol Co-Chair and site Co-Principal Investigator of The Demo Project, an NIH-funded research study assessing the delivery of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in STD and community health clinics. Additionally, she is the site co-PI of the STOP study, a CDC-funded study comparing 4th generation HIV Ag/Ab testing to pooled HIV RNA testing for the detection of acute HIV.

    Area of expertise:

    Non-Insured Populations, PrEP

  • Susan Philip, MD, MPH

    Director, Disease Control and Prevention, Population Health Division, SFDPH; Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF

    Dr. Philip oversees population-level clinical and disease control efforts, including biomedical HIV prevention, HIV and syphilis partner services, and HIV testing in clinical settings. Dr. Philip has served as a successful investigator on numerous NIH and CDC funded STD and HIV clinical trials. Currently, she contributes national and state leadership on the Executive Committee of the California STD Controllers Association and as Board Chair of the National Coalition of STD Directors. She is also an assistant clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCSF, and sees HIV primary care patients at SF City Clinic.

  • Thomas B. Knoble, MSW

    Thomas B. Knoble, MSW

    Capacity Building Program Coordinator, 
Community Health Equity and Promotion (CHEP) Branch, HIV Testing Lead, SFDPH

    Mr. Knoble has been doing HIV/STD/HVC testing work in San Francisco since 1991 with a focus on gay and bisexual men, transgender females and people who inject drugs. Mr. Knoble is a California HIV State Certified Trainer charged with training all new test counselors. Within this role, he coordinates and oversees a team of health workers to implement and evaluate the California State HIV Basic Counselor Training and to develop materials. His efforts have raised awareness around testing quality assurance issues throughout California. Locally, he is a program liaison for community testing sites, the microbiology lab and the Health Department. Mr. Knoble has a wealth of experience working with providers struggling to adapt to the constantly changing HIV prevention landscape. Mr Knoble has been working with CBOs that provide HIV testing to do COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing. The work is using the strength of HIV community work address COVID-19. This is adding to San Francisco’s successful of responding to COVID and keeping CBOs a float.

  • Tim Matheson PhD, MS

    Tim Matheson PhD, MS

    Intervention Director and Counseling/Interventionist Supervisor, Center for Public Health Research (CPHR) Branch, SFDPH

    Dr. Matheson has shepherded intervention efforts for high risk and substance using HIV negative and positive individuals, as well as newly diagnosed and out-of-care HIV positive individuals. These interventions included aspects of Motivational Interviewing, Strengths Based Case Management, Cognitive Behavioral and Personalized Cognitive Counseling. He provides technical assistance and lead responsibility on the national and international level in the form of intervention development, intervention manual creation, interventionist (counselor/patient navigation) training and oversight, fidelity monitoring and supervision in support of NIDA, NIH and CDC funded efforts.

  • Trang Nguyen, PhD, MPH

    Epidemiologist, Applied Research, Community Health Epidemiology and Surveillance (ARCHES) Branch, SFDPH

    Dr. Nguyen develops and coordinates interdisciplinary surveillance, research, and evaluation projects and provides epidemiologic consultation across ARCHES and the Population Health Division of the SFDPH. Her primary areas of focus are STD and HIV. Dr. Nguyen’s research, project management, and publication experience includes HIV care integration in rural areas, STD testing according to socioeconomic status, electronic reportable disease surveillance, syndromic surveillance, and outbreak investigations.

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