Tim Vincent, MS

Senior CBA Specialist

Tim Vincent has worked in the field of HIV for over 25 years in both direct service provision with clients and in developing educational opportunities for providers. CBA services, funded through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provide training, technical assistance, and resources to state and local health departments to improve the practice of HIV prevention and care throughout the country.

Tim has worked as a licensed mental health clinician, social worker, case manager and HIV test counselor in the past and more recently has developed nationally recognized curriculum for providers on a variety of innovative topics to promote health equity. He has led the development of trainings on social determinants of health, responding to stigma, strength-based counseling approaches, cultural sensitivity for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and working with HIV-positive clients. Tim has worked in South Africa on projects to support the engagement of HIV-positive community members into care through the building of support group leaders. He has served on statewide community planning groups, consulted with CDC on the development of national curriculum on linkage to care strategies, and has developed and conducted training of trainers to nationally diffuse some of the training initiatives he created. Due to his experience in the field, he is asked to speak regularly at national conferences.

Promoting Health Equity: Reducing Health Disparities

It is extremely important to me to do work that promotes social justice and improves health outcomes to communities that I identify with and have been a part of for most of my life. The passion, creativity, and intelligence it takes to make meaningful change in this area inspires me daily. The chasm that continues to exist between those that can successfully engage in systems of care and prevention and those that cannot, clearly points to the need for structural changes and a critical examination of the root causes. Larger factors such as racism, homophobia, HIV-related stigma, gender equity, educational attainment, access to health care need to be the focus of our work. Having the opportunity to work with service providers in a deep and meaningful to deconstruct these factors and build strategies to respond to them to promote health equity is a tremendous privilege.