Senior Director of Capacity Building, HealthHIV
Michael D. Shankle, MPH, HealthHIV’s Senior Director of Capacity Building, has over 25 years of experience in HIV prevention and care delivery, LGBTQ+ health, public health program management and development, health outcomes performance improvement, and technical assistance/capacity building. As HealthHIV’s Senior Director of Capacity Building, Michael is responsible for leading the organization’s day-to-day capacity building, technical assistance, and curriculum development efforts. He develops strategic capacity building plans to address the needs of community-based organizations, health departments, clinical providers, fiscal administrators, municipal leaders, and medically underserved communities. He has also built coalitions and developed public health practice partnerships at the local (city and county), state, and national levels. Additionally, Michael served as the Project Director for a multisite, national medication therapy management demonstration project integrating health centers and community pharmacists and a national technical assistance center charged with building the capacity of health department and community partners to respond to the comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, behavioral health, and social service needs of MSM of Color at risk for and living with HIV. Shankle also served a Project Director for a project that develops and deploys telehealth services to provide HIV primary and specialty medical care for racial and ethnic minority communities with HIV in urban areas. He leads an “Opioid Use and Misuse Learning Institute” for healthcare practitioners with a mission to educate prescribers and other health care professionals on safe and effective opioid prescribing practices. Prior to joining HealthHIV, Michael began his career as a research specialist with the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, where he combined his experience of behavioral health sciences, health research, and technology, to develop online HIV/STI interventions. While there, he implemented programming that facilitated parity, inclusion, and representation of high-risk, sexually active young adults in HIV community planning processes. In 2006, Shankle produced and published the first public health textbook dedicated exclusively to LGBT Health entitled, “The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner’s Guide to Service.” Michael joined the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts in 2006, first as Director of The MALE Center (Boston’s gay and bisexual men’s community health and wellness center), and then as Director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Services.