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Cecilia Dennis

Cecilia Dennis is a Newark, New Jersey native whose upbringing spanned various corners of the United States.

Armed with an associate degree in Medical Office Administration and an unexpected HIV diagnosis, Cecilia embarked on a dynamic professional journey that would shape her into the fervent advocate she is today. Her path began as a prevention specialist at Terros Health and later as a patient care coordinator at CAN Community Health. Alongside her professional responsibilities, Cecilia dedicated herself to transformative volunteer work, contributing to organizations like Heal International, Aunt Rita’s Foundation, Fresh Start for Women, and Southwest Center for HIV & AIDS.

Cecilia is a staunch champion for the modernization and repeal of HIV criminalization laws, bodily autonomy, equality, and social determinants of health. Cecilia focuses on building leadership and advocating for Black women living with HIV.

Now retired, she passionately channels her energy into volunteer roles with NMAC, and National HIV Aging Advocacy Network. Cecilia’s role as an Executive Committee Member of the National HIV/AIDS Aging Advocacy Network underscores her dedication to social and economic justice, particularly for long-term survivors.

Recognizing the significance of safe spaces for community development, Cecelia secured the 2023 SERO AMP grant. Her commitment to meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS was evident in her planning for the 2023 Love Y’ah Self retreat, a space for women of color to relax, reset, and rewind for 3 days while visiting Knoxville, TN.

“As a member of the SHARE Board (Survivors of HIV Advocating for Research Engagement) whose mission is to inform future community-engaged research and my involvement with PCOR/CER (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research/ Comparative Effectiveness Research) who focuses on improving the health and quality of life for individuals like us, I believe that the voice of African American women holds immense importance in research and could directly impact future research initiatives and policy decisions.”

Cecilia Dennis
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