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Paola Barahona, MPH

Paola Barahona, MPH
Senior Program Manager 

Paola Barahona joined AIDS United as a senior program manager for the Sector Transformation initiative. In this role, she helps organizations navigate the new landscape of health reform using strategic grants, educational opportunities, and technical assistance.

Prior to joining AIDS United, Paola was a project director at DC Appleseed where she managed their health policy portfolio, including the production of an annual Report Card tracking DC’s response to the local HIV epidemic. Before this, Paola served as senior global health policy advocate at Physicians for Human Rights where she worked with the Health Action AIDS team and directed their Harm Reduction Campaign.

No stranger to organizational change, Paola was the founding executive director of PreventionWorks, a privately funded syringe access and harm reduction program in Washington, DC, for 9 years. In this role, she led the organization through two major reorganizations and nine Congressional Appropriations cycles. Paola personally understands the unique challenges faced by community-based organizations and looks forward to collaborating with them.

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