Kris Bonifacio is a Health Project Coordinator for the University of Rochester Medical Center – Center for Community Practice (CCP). In this role, he is involved in facilitating trainings and workshops for the Upstate Regional Training Center (RTC) program, funded by the NYS DOH AIDS Institute. He is also part of CCP’s Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) program, where he assists in providing technical assistance to various organizations in the Northeast region. He also coordinates the NYS Health Insurance Recruiter Program, focused on utilizing a social network strategy to increase access to health insurance for PLWH.
Prior to joining the CCP team, Kris worked as Research Coordinator, working on CDC-funded behavioral research studies, and Industry-sponsored clinical trials. He also worked as an English as a Second Language teacher for a local organization within the Rochester School District, where we primarily worked with refugees and immigrants. Kris has been involved in numerous leadership positions, both nationally and locally, such as being part of the executive committee for the Refugee/Immigrant Caucus with the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the local Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS (RATFA). Originally from the Philippines, Kris received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a double minor in English and Philippine Language & Culture from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Health Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He is passionate about multicultural training, and advocating for the underserved and underrepresented.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
HIV and STI Research, Social Determinants of Health, Minority Health, Cultural Competency, Cultural Humility, Intersectionality, Social Marketing, Health Disparities, Application of Public Health Theories, LGBTQ+ Health, Motivational Interviewing, Social Network Strategy , PrEP