Kenneth Cruz-Dillard, MHS

Unit Leader/Principal Inverstigator
Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program, Urban Affairs Coalition
Research, Program Development & Evaluation
1207 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
USA 19107

Biographical Sketch:
Mr. Cruz-Dillard has twenty years of professional experience in the fields of public and community-based heath care/education. His particular focus continues to be community mobilization and family preservation programs. As a result of his firm dedication and commitment to addressing gaps in services and disparities in diseases and adequate health care among racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities, Mr. Cruz-Dillard has earned a respect for his concerns and innovative service strategies in these areas. Previously, he has been employed in state and municipal health departments and by an Ivy League University. Mr. Cruz-Dillard has provided consultations to several offices within the US Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Office of Minority Health (OMH). His work also has included providing capacity-building technical assistance to several state and local health departments, community-based organizations, and educational institutions throughout the United States. He has served on various committees, and particularly continues to advocate and propose additional services for communities of color that continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. He has presented at several local, state, and national conferences. Mr. Cruz-Dillard earned a Master of Human Services (MHS) graduate degree from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania in May of 2000. During his undergraduate study, he attended The University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar. This fall he has been accepted at New York University and is planning to pursue a doctorate degree in counseling psychology. As part of his continuing professional development, he will practice as a counseling and research psychologist, with a special focus on testing “community and cultural” models of care for improving behavioral health services for communities of color and sexual minorities.