Cynthia Thomas is a Senior Health Project Coordinator/Program Manager for the Center for Community Practice (CCP) with the University of Rochester Medical Center. In this role, she is the Program Manager and Lead Trainer of the Upstate Regional Training Center (RTC) program funded by the NYS DOH AIDS Institute, as well as being a Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) and Technical Assistance provider. Cynthia has been working in the field of HIV and STI prevention for over 19 years, providing HIV/STI/VH-related services and leadership, as well as delivering a plethora of in-person trainings and webinars regionally and nationally.
Her training and delivery experience include NYS DOH AIDS Institute approved curricula and High Impact Prevention (HIP) Interventions, supported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Cynthia also coordinates and facilitates the quarterly Western New York and Finger Lakes Consortium meetings that service 16 counties in Upstate NY. Prior to joining the CCP team, she worked as a Social Worker, providing linkage and prevention services to homeless adolescents and women in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Nazareth College. She is the recipient of the 2019 Jill Gonzalez Health Educator Award, and is passionate about education and community health.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
HIV/STI/VH Management & Prevention, LGBTQ Health, Cultural Competency, Capacity Building, Technical Assistance, Diverse Populations, Linkage, Navigation, Outreach, Trauma Informed Care, PrEP/PEP, Evidence-Based Behavioral Interventions, Public Health Strategies, Planning and Implementation