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Carla A. Mena

Hands United at Latino Commission on AIDS

Carla A. Mena, BS, is a Capacity Building Assistance Manager for our Hands United Hub 2, focusing on requests from Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior to joining our Hands United @ Latino Commission on AIDS team, Carla worked at Duke University Hospital, as a bilingual research coordinator working with studies that were both local and global. Carla has extensive research experience in several fields including hepatitis C, HIV, immigration, LGBTQ+, childhood obesity prevention, neonatal vaccinations, and sexual and reproductive health. In addition, she has experience training people and partnerships on how to work with under-represented and under-served populations in the US. Some of those trainings include exploring social determinants of health, cultural humility, and health equity. Her passion is volunteering in her local community including practices such as Advanced Community Health, El Centro Hispano, El Pueblo Inc and Fortaleza NC. She graduated from Meredith College with a BS in biology. Carla is a certified Culture Facilitator, Diversity to Belonging Facilitator and Culture Assessor.  

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