Marcus Stanley Is Engaging Communities to Combat HIV/AIDS
JPHMP presents Public Health Perspectives, a podcast series targeted towards strengthening the future public health workforce. We will explore the narratives of public health care professionals and gain insight on career paths that shape the profession.
In this episode of Public Health Perspectives, we speak with Marcus Stanley, who works for the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) in the SUSTAIN Wellbeing COMPASS Coordinating Center. As a part of the Gilead COMPASS Initiative, Mr. Stanley uses his over 15 years of expertise by partnering with local communities and supporting evidence-based solutions to meet the needs of people living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS. SUSTAIN is just one of three Coordinating Centers selected to lead the corporate giving program of the Gilead COMPASS Initiative. The initiative brings together three Coordinating Centers to create collaborative partnerships, increase organizational capacity, build awareness, reduce HIV-related stigma, advance education, share knowledge, and promote the well-being of individuals through mental health services and trauma-informed care. He is also currently finishing his MPH at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.
Here he discusses aspects relevant to engaging communities and the necessity of building from the ground up. As he strives to bring the most benefit to those affected and impacted by his work, Mr. Stanley brings insight into building intersectional partnerships, learning to work with vulnerable community members and allowing them to be the experts, and learning to be an ally to his full potential by ensuring meaningful involvement.
Camelia Singletary, MPH, received her master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Her research interests include exploring the implementation of school physical activity programs in combination with nutritional components. She is also interested in analyzing the adoption of physical activity and healthy eating skills from a social-cognitive perspective. As a public health communicator at JPHMP Direct, she hopes to create linkages between evidence-based research, public health coursework, and health certification competencies.