Michael Shankle, MPH
Michael Shankle has over 22 years of experience in HIV prevention and care delivery, public health program management and development, outcomes performance improvement, telehealth, and capacity building. As HealthHIV's Senior Director of Capacity Building, Michael is responsible for leading the organization's day-to-day capacity building, technical assistance, and curriculum development efforts. He develops strategic capacity building plans to address the needs of community-based organizations, health departments, clinical providers, fiscal administrators, and medically underserved communities. He has also built coalitions and developed strategic public health practice partnerships at the local, state, and national levels. Additionally, Michael serves as the Project Director for a multisite, national medication therapy management demonstration project integrating community health centers and community pharmacists, as well as a national technical assistance center charged with building the capacity of health department and community partners to respond to the comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, behavioral health, and social service needs of MSM of Color at risk for and living with HIV. Prior to joining HealthHIV, Michael began his career as a research specialist with the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, where he combined his experience of behavioral health sciences, health research, and technology, to develop online HIV/STI interventions. While there, he implemented programming that facilitated parity, inclusion, and representation of high-risk, sexually active young adults in HIV community planning processes. In 2006, Shankle produced and published the first public health textbook dedicated exclusively to LGBT Health entitled, “The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner's Guide to Service.” Michael joined the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts in 2006, first as Director of The MALE Center (Boston's gay and bisexual men's community health and wellness center), and then as Director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Services.
Lisa Frederick has provided leadership to ACRIA and ACRIA at GMHC’s flagship evidence-based older adults technical assistance initiative since its inception ten years ago. She is also a highly skilled trainer, group facilitator and community organizer; having delivered over 500 trainings nationally on the topics of HIV, Sexual Health and Older Adults. Lisa led the community engagement, needs assessment and dissemination of CDC’s “HIV Treatment Works” prevention campaign and NYDOHMH ‘s HIV Health Literacy Older Adult initiative aimed at informing and improving the lives of older adults.
Jenifer Jackson is a Harm Reductionist and a Capacity Building Manager for HealthHIV, as well as a budding Translational Health Scientist. She has over 20 years of professional experience in Public Health, working in state and local government, non-profits, and university research in the fields of HIV/STIs/Viral Hepatitis and Partner Services. She has a Master of Science in Health Science from The George Washington University, and is currently a PhD student in the Translational Health Sciences program at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. As for her research, Jenifer interested in studying the various aspects of intersectional stigma on the micro/meso/macro levels, how it affects the public health workforce’s patient/client interactions, and how we can best build capacity among front line workers.
Michelle Rogers is a second-year, Master of Public Health student at The George Washington University (GWU). She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Healthcare and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In her first semester at GWU, Michelle was an intern in the HIV/AIDS Bureau at HRSA, and is currently serving as a Capacity Building Coordinator.
Elena Sanchez Thorpe
Elena Thorpe is currently enrolled in a combined MS/BA program at American University, and graduated with a B.A. in Public Health and an M.S. in Health Promotion from American University. She has had three years of intern experience based in a variety of local and national non-profit organizations. She currently serves as the Research and Evaluation Coordinator for HealthHIV, assisting with survey development and evaluation, content development, and reviews educational materials. Elena has interned with America’s Essential Hospitals, Families USA, and, La Clinica Del Pueblo prior to joining our team.
Elaina Perry is a senior at American University studying Public Health (B.A.) and International Studies (B.A.). Elaina has interned with various non-profits and think tanks within the US and abroad. Elaina is interested in equitable health systems, and has researched topics in global health at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Africa Program and the West Africa Division of Human Rights Watch. In previous public health programming experience, Elaina has worked on programming for water and sanitation programs, capacity building programs for non-clinical HIV, and recreation/fitness programs. As the Capacity Building Associate, Elaina has been involved in conducting preliminary research and developing the curriculum for the Opioids Learning Institute.
Kaitlyn McTernan is a senior at American University studying Health Promotion (B.S.), on a pre-medical track. Kaitlyn has interned with both nonprofits and health promotion advocacy organizations. Currently, as the Education and Training Associate at HealthHIV, Kaitlyn has worked on various projects and is part of the core curriculum development team, focusing mainly on assisting with the development of content for online learning modules.
Taylor A. Forté was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised all throughout the Washington-Metropolitan Area, but relocated to Washington, DC where they completed their K-12 education at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. With a major in Instrumental Music as the focus study among the arts, they are unabashedly energetic and passionate about the academic and artistic achievement specifically surrounding the initiation and implementation of rhythms, percussion, drumming, and composition. Taylor has groundbreaking experiences with haven taken part of a number of concert and marching bands, orchestras, small/large ensembles, and rhythm sections spanning the entire east coast. From sharing a stage with Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind and Fire, John Legend and Stevie Wonder to an innumerable amount of shows and late nights at the Kennedy Center- Taylor displays a very unique and unparalleled relationship with not only the art of music through math and science as a conduit for spirituality, but with using her supernatural abilities to transcend Einstein's general theory of relativity and pairing it to the theoretical study of music into an actionable and attainable practice. They had the opportunity to journey through France on a tour called Tour De’ France with the Duke Ellington Show Choir, playing percussion in the rhythm section as the show choir performs a selection of Motown Hits. Being a multi-faceted individual they excel extremely well with rhythm and bass guitar as well as with piano and keys, and has a considerable education with classical, jazz, pop, funk and rock music. Taylor enjoys studying the cultural and creative designs in fashion which have been directly inspired by religion and spirituality. As the newest inspirations and influences of public health developments are on the rise, they aspire to continue their education and hope to even further their contributions within the realms of improvement and advancement for metaphysical sciences.
Working in direct service for most of the 5 years of his public health career, Corey has been able to touch many lives. Corey created two separate programs and worked with several organizations, including Access Aids Care in Norfolk, VA and Casa Ruby, Inc. in Washington, DC. The first program, Sex Ed “The Gay Way,” which started in 2013, was a program that taught safe sex practices to high school youth. The second was an HIV testing and linkage program in a park that was known for high risk MSM of all colors and nationalities. Corey moved to Washington, DC in June of 2017, working with Casa Ruby as a non-medical case manager. In the coming years, Corey became a DC Health, Health Impact Specialist where he currently works on the capacity building team with HealthHIV.