Melanie Graham, MSW

CBA Project Director
NYC DOHMH
New York, New York

Melanie Graham, MSW is New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Project Director, which oversees Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded projects that focuses on CBA for health departments and CBA for community based organizations, across the nation. Prior to providing CBA at NYC DOHMH, Melanie was the Prinicpal Investigator (PI) for the California based national nonprofit, Education Training and Research's (ETR), CBA Resource Center, a CDC funded project supporting national CBA providers as they strengthen communities and agencies' implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Melanie is a Social Worker by trade with over 16 years' experience delivering direct services, training, and capacity building for CBOs, governement and national agencies. Melanie's work with LGBTQs, adolescents, substance users, and sexworkers enabled her first-hand experience to see the political and social implications of homophobia, classism, racism, access to health care, and organizational development best practices for agencies focused on the previously mentioned groups. Melanie furthered her career via a macro approach which led to designing and implementing federal and community based programs as an independent consultant and employee of nationally recognized organizations across the country. Just to name a few organizations starting in 1999 based in Washington, D.C.., Melanie started her career at Us Helping Us an agency focused on African American gay men and transgender women. Melanie continued to deliver direct services and prevention services at the Women's Collective where she worked with women and girls infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, based in Washington, D.C.'s most poverty stricken and marginalized public housing units. Melanie's professional drive led her to Children's National Medical Center where she adovcated for hard-to-reach adolescents prenatally and behaviorally infected with HIV/AIDS. As Melanie's career progressed she earned her Master's in Clinical Social Work with a concentration in mental health and substance use. Melanie has effectively designed and built the capacity of organizations in topics ranging from social determinants of health, organizational development, racial disparities, and leadership development. One of the highlights of Melanie's career was the design and implementation of the Treatment Adherence Peer Program (TAPP) which demonstrated proven successful outcomes in increased adherence behavior of high risk HIV positive clients. Coupled with Melanie's career in public health is her board membership with Helping Individual Prostitutes survive (HIPS) a nonprofit focused on sexworkers leading healthy lives. Melanie's compassion and frontline experience enables her to bring a voice to people who aren't being heard.

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