Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Office of Minority Health & Health Equity's New CLAS Specialist

Valerie McAllister began her service as CLAS Specialist with Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health & Health Equity, Division of Multicultural Health and Community Engagement, on January 11, 2011. Ms. McAllister brings over 15 years of experience in program planning and development. She has 20 plus years in community outreach, collaboration, and capacity building; specializing in working with diverse populations. Ms. McAllister has 8 years of experience as a National Trainer for the evidence-based, “Strengthening Families Program”. In this capacity, she was responsible for providing training and technical assistance to non-profit, local, and national agencies who deliver health and human service programs to their communities.

In 2002, she started NIA Consulting and Training, a community advocacy program that provides parent education, self esteem building, and community education to families in Richmond and surrounding areas. Prior to her move to Richmond, Virginia, she worked with Dr. Kenneth Mayer, as the Community Outreach Educator, in one of Providence, Rhode Island’s first HIV Vaccine research trials working to identify effective anti-retrovirus vaccines for women at high risk for HIV infections.

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