OUR TEAM

Jessica Brown, MPH, is the Manager of Training and Workforce Development for 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 over 10 years, Jessica has served in both the government and private sector of public health where she has gained experience in health program development and management. She has gained much of her experience at the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, HIV Surveillance and HIV Prevention Branches. There, she served as lead in managing the HIV Incidence and Molecular HIV Surveillance Programs, as well as provide high impact HIV prevention technical and capacity building assistance for local health departments. In addition, she has also developed trainings for the Black AIDS Institute on Social Determinants of Health, HIV Treatment Strategies, HIV Science, Current Directions in HIV Research, and Biomedical Interventions.

John A. Sauceda, PhD, MSc is a health psychologist by training and Assistant Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies in the Division of Prevention Science at UCSF. His research aims to improve mental health outcomes and reduce health disparities in Spanish and English-speaking Latino/a communities impacted by HIV. His NIMH-funded research projects include assessing the concept and dimensions of engagement in HIV care among Spanish and English-speaking Latinos in San Francisco, and to model the trajectories of HIV treatment outcomes as a function of depression and substance use in a national cohort of Latinos in HIV care settings. His current NIMH K01 is to develop a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial to develop an adaptive cognitive and behavioral therapy program for depression with the aid of a mobile health tool. He seeks to understand the role of Latino/a culture and Spanish language in mental health treatment utilization and HIV care and treatment management.

Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH, is the Co-Principal Investigator of SHARP. He 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.

Phillip Coffin, M.D., M.I.A., F.A.C.P. is the Co-Principal Investigator of SHARP. He is the Director of Substance Use Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He is a board certified internal medicine and infectious diseases clinician; specific foci of Dr. Coffin’s training include HIV management, buprenorphine maintenance, addiction management, toxicology, and viral hepatitis care. As Director, Dr. Coffin oversees several pharmacologic and behavioral trials that aim to reduce substance use and related risk behaviors for blood-borne virus infection. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Coffin has been involved in developing and studying services for drug users, including syringe exchange, pharmacotherapy, and overdose prevention programming.

Aminta Kouyate is the former Intern Coordinator at the Center for Learning and Innovation at SFPDH and a SHARP alumnus. As a SHARP scholar, Aminta investigated the feasibility and acceptability of implementing a mobile health adherence support strategy for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP with Dr. Jonathan Fuchs, Dr. Al Liu, and Kristefer Stojanovski. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, Aminta returned to the SHARP program as the program coordinator. She currently provides technical assistance to branches throughout the Population Health Division, participates in the SFDPH Training and Workforce Development Committee and supports intern coordination activities with the Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) program. Ms. Kouyate received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Advisory Committee
Barbara Garcia, MA, Director, San Francisco Department of Public Health
James Loyce, MSW, Consultant; formerly with Black Coalition on AIDS
Torsten Neilands, PhD, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco
Art Reingold, PhD, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health

Past Contributers
Willi McFarland, MD, PhD, MPH&TM is the Director of the Center for Public Health Research at SFDPH.
Liz Kroboth is the former Training Project Manager at the Center for Learning and Innovation at SFDPH.
May Sudhinaraset, PhD is a former mentor.
Kelly Taylor, PhD, MS is a former mentor.