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Program Management professional, with outstanding background in overseeing all aspects of multi-million-dollar projects, including Operations and Budget Management, seeking to utilize well-honed expertise and diversified skills toward maximizing organizational growth, development and success in a challenging assignment as an
Administrative/Program Manager, Clinical Administrative Specialist or Program Analyst
Program Evaluation and Facilitation
Workforce Training and Mentorship
Proposal/Grant Writing and Response Authorship
Blackboard, Sakia, Z-Brush, EpiInfo, CDCs Patient Flow Analysis, SPSS, STATA, R, SQL, Hyper Research, MS Office Professional Suite, Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Photoshop Suite, Adobe Articulate Suite, and Adobe Captivate
In most recent assignment as Supervisor Public Health Analyst and Branch Chief for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Prevention Programs Branch in Atlanta, Georgia, held comprehensive responsibilities on national level for overseeing HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, programs and policies, including developing inter-disciplinary agency cooperation focused on disease prevention
Successfully managed budgets of $400M+ on annual basis, integrated Prevention/Care Plans into 61 jurisdictions nationally and developed future-planning initiatives
Earlier, as Program Director for the Training and Technical Assistance Program with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene-Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, was tasked with providing outstanding management of six projects funded by CDC, Ryan White Part A and a city tax levy; funding monies from these sources totaled $2.5M; additionally authored a Grant Proposal that secured $1.8M in funding
Provided outstanding training and classroom instruction, including curriculum design, covering various areas of Research Methodologies; additionally served in private sector as Senior Trainer and Deputy Director for organization providing training on Family Planning and adjunct/ancillary categories, including reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention
Actively supported patients/clients with Cognitive Behavioral Counseling/Therapy, working in group settings as well as during one-on-one support sessions; utilized Rational Emotive and Gestalt Therapy techniques among others; also, for the Kansas City AIDS Research Consortium, served as HIV Behavioral Specialist, working with patients while developing all relevant assessments and documentation, and leading training classes for clinicians/students/community members
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP)
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Prevention Programs Branch, Atlanta, GA, 2016- 2016
Supervisor Public Health Analyst Branch Chief
Effectively managed HIV/AIDS prevention actions; collaborated with state/local health departments, community-based organizations (CBOs) and federal agencies, integrated funding, analyzed proposals and developed/evaluated/implemented multiple programs.
Established Branch missions/goals/standards, developed work planning and assured highest levels of Quality Assurance for reports; managed $400M budget, designed involvement programs for local communities including integrating HIV Prevention planning into 61 jurisdictions nationally and collaborated with Subject Matter Experts nationally to identify/implement key projects focused on evaluation of organizational effectiveness; also oversaw work performance of eight direct/45 indirect reports as well as senior level managers, public health advisors, community health planners, project officers and health scientists.
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Rutgers University School of Social Work, Newark, NJ, 2013-2016
Part-Time Lecturer/Adjunct Faculty
In this concurrent assignment, directed coursework, for online as well as on-site, covering Research I, Introduction to Research Methods, and Research II, Program Evaluations; developed lesson plans, designed assignments/tests, and focused coursework on program evaluation, use of statistical methods and use of data for assessments.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York, NY, 2013-2016
Director of Training and Technical Assistance Program (T-TAP)
Successfully coordinated national HIV/AIDS prevention programs with state/local health departments, CBOs and federal agencies; oversaw six programs with budgets of $2.5M+, established mission goals, prepared/disseminated program strategies and implemented DOHMH National Capacity Building Assistance Program for health departments/communities.
Authored grant proposals and successfully acquired $1.8M funding, developed/managed budgets and work plans and provided technical assistance concerning building capacity for public health-related issues; also oversaw policy development for navigation programming, community planning, PEP/PrEP and other biomedical interventions, condom distribution and HIV testing.
Adroitly negotiated training/technical personnel contracts, oversaw development of manuals/internet-based materials, designed innovative learning programs and planned training systems for health practitioners/researchers/other professionals; also designed policies/objectives used in evaluating public health programs, researched various problems/issues and steered national needs assessments, focus groups and CBO/health department assessments.
Resolved various program issues, analyzed systems/strategies, identified areas for improvement as well as remediation remedies, steered program evaluations, and served as technical information resource for various agencies.
On daily basis managed Ryan White Part A self-management program for individuals with HIV; oversaw budgets, negotiated contracts, developed RFPs and reviewed assessments/developed corrective actions for 14 direct reports.
Directed new program development including service-delivery training tools and directed Training and Technical Assistance Program; also oversaw acquisitions/grants, provided crucial Quality Assurance for training participants and designed/implemented various research tools.
Expertly developed systematic methodologies for evaluating public health programs, continually assuring utilization of appropriate data; also authored annual report on training and responses/changes as well as other pertinent documentation.
Coordinated various scientific data, oversaw training, designed staff development programs, ensured program QA and developed multiple Standard Operating Procedures concerning grant oversight/acquisition; collaborated with various SMEs to develop public health messages, performed HIV prevention research and assisted in delivery of training/special studies.
Provided crucial assistance to low-performing health departments including developing strategic planning as well as utilizing public health data to develop action-oriented recommendations.
Continually reviewed relevant legislative activities to evaluate impact on public health programs and worked with country programs to promote best practices and respond to issues concerning delivery of HIV-related services; prepared reports/articles on HIV study findings and authored conference materials.
Cicatelli Associates Inc., New York, NY, 2010-2013
Deputy Director National Training Center for Family Planning/Senior Trainer
Continually assured use of scientific-based tools in training/technical assistance program; utilized CDC software to perform Patient Flow Analysis Studies regarding HIV service integration into reproductive health settings; also assisted agencies with developing policies and oversaw Clinic Efficiency Compendium of 12 agencies.
Directed four-person distance learning team, designed relevant courses and employed ADDIE/other Rapid Deployable design methodologies; also designed on-line training covering HIV prevention, utilized gaming technologies, presented on the subject at national conferences and maintained project website.
Additionally coordinated National Training Center activities, prepared quarterly e-newsletter, managed an e-resources library, designed materials, coordinated national meetings/webinars and prepared array of relevant reports.
Prior to 2010, served in multiple other relevant assignments including Program Manager HIV Integration / Missouri State Training Manager, Mental Health / Substance Abuse Counselor Intern, Behavioral Specialist / Health Educator, HIV Counseling and Testing Program Coordinator and STD Surveillance & Disease Intervention Specialist; held earlier assignment as a Military Police Officer with the United States Army.
Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, Doctorate (Ph.D.), Public Health Epidemiology, GPA: 3.98, 2016
Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, Master of Public Health (MPH), Community Health, GPA: 3.85, 2007
University of Missouri at Kansas City Kansas City, MO, Master of Social Work (MSW), GPA. 3.85, 2004
University of Missouri at Kansas City Kansas City, MO, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, GPA: 3.75, 1994
Kelly, P., Witt, J., McEvers, K., Enriquez, M., Abshier, P., Vasquez, M., and McGee, E. (2012). Clinician perceptions of providing natural family planning methods in Title X funded clinics. Journal of Midwifery and Women s Health, 57, 35 42.
Abshier, P. (2012). Feasibility pilot study: Training soft skills in virtual worlds. Games for Health Journal: Research, Development, and Clinical Application, 1(2), 174 176.
Abshier, P. (2012). Use of Virtual World for soft/communication skills training: Feasibility Assessment. International Journal of Gaming and Computer Mediated Simulations, 4(3), 8 9.
Abstract accepted US Conference on AIDS: Condom Distribution as a Structural Intervention (2015)
Abstract accepted National HIV/AIDS Prevention Conference: Integration of Condom Distribution into Evidence Based Interventions (2015)
Abstract accepted National HIV/AIDS Prevention Conference: Condom Distribution as a Structural Intervention (2015)
Abstract accepted National HIV/AIDS Prevention Conference: LGBTQ Changing Paradigms (2015)
Games for Health Conference - Best Practices for Role Playing Soft Skills in Virtual Worlds (2011)
Presentations and Trainings Conducted
Trainings for Clinicians and Allied Health Professionals: for service providers focusing on Behavior Change Counseling; Trauma Informed Care; Motivational Interviewing; Effective Outreach, Data usage for HIV Testing and Condom Distribution Outreach; HIV related Health Education, Domestic Violence, Human Sexuality, Risk Assessment for Medical Providers, LGBT Sensitivity, PEP/PrEP and other Biomedical Interventions; and Effective Use of Body Language; and Peer Outreach/Navigation (2000 present). NYCDOHMH, Cicatelli Associates, Inc. & Development Systems, Inc.
Quality Assurance of HIV Prevention Counseling Management Training (2002-2009). Development Systems, Inc.
Patient Flow Analysis: Monitoring Change and Efficiency (2000 2012) Cicatelli Associates, Inc. & Development Systems, Inc.
Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change (2000 - 2012). DOHMH, Cicatelli Associates, Inc., & Development Systems, Inc.
Adolescent Counseling and Education (2004-2012). KCDOH, Cicatelli Associates, Inc. & Development Systems, Inc.
Cohort Communications: HIV and the Older Adult. National Council on Aging (2000). Annual Conference. University of Missouri School of Social Work.
HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral Services (1994-2012). KCDOH, Cicatelli Associates, Inc. & Development Systems, Inc.
HIV Case Finding in a Family Planning Setting (2003-2004). Development Systems, Inc.
Customer Satisfaction Award for HIV/STD Prevention Curriculum Development, Kansas City, MO, 1997
Distinguished Public Service Award for HIV/STD Prevention Curriculum Development , Federal Executive Board, 1997
Army Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service with Oak Leaf Cluster, 1986, 1987
Letter of Commendation and Commanders Coin, Base Commander, Ft. Carson, CO, Deployment in Panama, 1986
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Member, 2011-Present
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, New York City, 2012
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I am highly interested in being considered for the (here, Patricia, you would include the specific name of the position for which you are submitting your documents) position available. With long-term, stable program management experience that has been predominantly focused on various aspects of HIV/AIDS-related teaching and services delivery, I have developed exceptional oversight and leadership capabilities; roles and assignments have included Program Manager HIV Integration / Missouri State Training Manager, Mental Health / Substance Abuse Counselor Intern, Behavioral Specialist / Health Educator, HIV Counseling and Testing Program Coordinator and STD Surveillance & Disease Intervention Specialist, among others.
As demonstrated in the accompanying resume, during my long-term career, I have continually met/exceeded organizational goals, placing exceptional focus on managing and directing programs as well as developing strategic planning, and assuring that crucial training initiatives are introduced to ensure facilitation of HIV/AIDS programs and support for affected individuals. Based on the strengths, experience and expertise I have developed in the multiple aspects of program delivery for HIV/AIDS services, I have been tasked with meeting ever-increasingly responsibilities in achieving success in reaching assigned goals and objectives, including developing and managing budgets.
My educational credentials include a Ph.D. earned in Public Health Epidemiology, with a GPA of 3.98, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community Health, with a GPA of 3.85; both degrees were gained at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, I earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a GPA of 3.75, both from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri.
Additionally, I am an author whose work has been published in recognized professional journals, I have developed abstracts that were presented at numerous conferences, and I have been regularly invited to conduct relevant training sessions to varied audiences, particularly in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and education. My work has also been recognized with several awards for customer satisfaction and distinguished public service.
Throughout my career I have exhibited a commitment to quality and consistent compliance with critical governing directives, standards, policies and procedures. I am confident in my ability to deliver immediate and long-term results, and you will find me to be a performance-driven leader and collaborative team player focused on achieving and surpassing goals.
I am eager to discuss how my qualifications match your needs, and look forward to interviewing with you at your earliest convenience.
Patricia A. Abshier
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