Founders

 Cwp_staffDana P. Williams
Co-Founder /
Executive Director

Dana Williams is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Community Wellness Project (CWP). She has been in the field of HIV/AIDS/STDS since 1987 and has an established history in providing Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) to community based and AIDS service organizations as well as state and local health departments around the country. As a public health consultant, she has extensive experience in writing, developing, implementing and evaluating many HIV/AIDS/STD programs and training curriculums including; Prevention Case Management, Effective-Street and Community Outreach strategies, and Community Mobilization.

Ms. Williams has years of experience in managing Federally Funded grants and contracts and continues to serve as a national training partner for the Center for Disease Control, the Office of Minority Health and the Office of Women’s Health. Ms. Williams is a master-level trainer for the American Red Cross HIV/AIDS Instructor Course in both the African American and Fundamentals programs and is considered a lead trainer for the Centers for Disease Control Capacity Building Assistance Branch (CBB) for their Evidence Based Interventions (EBI’s).  They are: Popular Opinion Leader (POL), Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS (SISTA), Real AIDS Prevention Project (RAPP), Defend Yourself (d-Up!), Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women (WILLOW), Focus on Youth + ImPACT, (FOY) (NIA), A Program of Purpose, (VOICES/VOCES), Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education & Safer Sex, (SIHLE), Sisters Informing, Healing, Living, and Empowering, Fundamentals of HIV, CRCS and CTRS as well as serving as an advisor to the CDC  Diffusion Team Members, Training and Development Team Members and other CDC Service Providers.  Under Dana’s Executive Director guidance, CWP has an established history in the community, nationally and internationally including the implementation of SISTA abroad in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2009 under the National Alliance of State & Technical AIDS Directors (NASTAD) as well as traveling to Grand Anse, Grenada for the Caribbean Coalition of National AIDS Programme Coordinators (CCNPPC).  Dana’s implementation of SISTA also includes “SISTA for Caribbean Women of St. Kitts” in 2010 with the Caribbean HIV & AIDS Alliance.  Dana Williams has served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, for over 15 year and has officiated on many local and national advisory boards.

  Cwp_staff

Edwin Burgos

Co-Founder / Director of Outreach Services

Mr. Burgos, one of the founders of The Community Wellness Project and currently serves as the Director of Outreach Services. Mr. Burgos is an HIV/AIDS prevention education specialist who is nationally certified by the American Red Cross as an African American/Hispanic Instructor, and has extensive Substance Abuse counseling experience. Mr. Burgos also has widespread experience and expertise in providing capacity building assistance to Substance Abuse treatment providers and HIV Substance Abuse prevention education in both Spanish and English. Mr. Burgos has assisted in designing, implementing and facilitating workshops, seminars, various support groups, educational trainings on HIV/AIDS and or HIV/Drug Education with particular regard to Substance Users/Abusers, high risk heterosexuals, people living with HIV/AIDS, youth, men who have sex with men (MSM) and incarcerated or recently released men and women in communities of color. Additionally, Mr. Burgos has received skills building certificates in Substance Abuse Counseling. He is also a Recognized Associates Substance Abuse Counselor (R.A.S.A.C. I and II), Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (C.S.A.C.) ready from the Missouri Substance Abuse Counselors Certification Board (M.S.A.C.C.B). Mr. Burgos is a Certified HIV/AIDS Rapid Testing Method and referrals Counselor and certified phlebotomist.

 

Cwp_staff

Edward Tyronne Howze, M.D.

Co-Founder

Edward Tyronne Howze is a Co-Founder of The Community Wellness Project.  Dr. Howze has over 25 years of experience in the field of HIV/AIDS.  He began this work as a psychotherapist, in Dallas, Texas, counseling individuals with HIV/AIDS, and was a contributing author in the book titled Care for the Caregiver edited by Ted Eidson. He has also coordinated substance abuse programs for men with HIV/AIDS and participated in the early pre and post HIV antibody test counseling after the HIV antibody test was developed.  Dr. Howze also participated in the first Federally-funded Longitudinal Behavior Change Study for African American gay and bi-sexual men under the direction of Dr. Jon Peterson at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies in San Francisco.   Dr. Howze supervised the Ryan White Titles I and II system of case management for St. Louis City and surrounding counties through the St. Louis City Department of Health for over six years.  Dr. Howze is also an excellent facilitator and trainer.  He has designed and implemented many educational training sessions for professionals and community members.  He is a Nationally Certified Master Level Instructor Trainer in the African American HIV/AIDS Training Course through the American Red Cross.  Dr. Howze has presented workshops at a number of conferences such as AIDS in the Heartland, the U.S. Conference on AIDS, and the National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Howze was the Principle Investigator for a research project designed to assess the barriers and facilitators for African Americans in accessing HIV Care and Treatment Services.  This project was funded through the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Dr. Howze also served as the Capacity Building Assistance Coordinator for other Community Based and AIDS Service Organizations and Health Departments through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contract, to provide technical assistance in the areas of Program Development and Implementation, Case Management, Early Intervention, DEBI Interventions and many others.