Meet the HIP Team

The High-Impact Prevention (HIP) in Health Care team provides training and technical assistance nationwide, with staff based in New York and California.

The New York Team

Sarah Blust, LMSW, MPH, Program Director

Phone: 212-437-3955Email: Sarah Blust, Program Director, leads PCDC’s CDC-funded HIV prevention capacity-building assistance program and manages large-scale training and technical assistance projects that support the delivery of HIV prevention services within primary care and health care organizations. With 20 years of experience in the health care field, Sarah has worked in clinical settings as a direct service provider and program manager and now provides training and consultation to health care organizations across the country to support their delivery, operations and infrastructure. Her training and technical assistance experience covers a variety of areas such as HIV/AIDS, women’s health, reproductive health, cultural competency, motivational interviewing, mental health, behavioral health, patient navigation, care coordination, quality improvement, and the use of evidence-based interventions. While at PCDC, Sarah co-authored the nationally recognized Care Coordination Fundamentals course created in partnership with 1199SEIU and partnered with HealthHIV to provide national training and technical assistance as part of the HRSA-funded National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities. Prior to PCDC, she served as Program Manager for MIC Women’s Health Services, a program of Public Health Solutions and provided HIV testing and reproductive health counseling at Planned Parenthood of NYC. As a licensed social worker, Sarah worked for over five years as a therapist for children and families within the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) system. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, and her masters’ degrees from Columbia University.

Henrietta Croswell, Senior Program Manager

Phone: 212-437-3938Email: Henrietta joined PCDC in August 2012 and brings more than 15 years of management experience in the areas of project management, health care operations, training and behavioral health management. As a Senior Program Manager, Henrietta provides overall management and support around the CDC-funded High Impact Prevention (HIP) in Health Care program which also includes direct HIV prevention training and technical assistance to health care organizations across the country. Along with the Program Director, Henrietta provides direct oversight and support to the day to day management of HIP in Health Care team members and partners who works directly with our program. In addition, Henrietta works on and leads projects on the Patient-Centered Model Home and Care Management teams. Her enthusiastic and efficient work style is a testament to her long-standing commitment to community and public health. Henrietta has a bachelor’s of arts in psychology and a master's of public health in community health education from Hunter College in New York City. Henrietta is also certified as NCQA PCMH Content Expert Facilitator and is an active member in local community and serves as a volunteer American Sign Language Interpreter.

Angela Fernandez, Training and Curriculum Development Specialist

Phone: 212-437-3972Email: Angela joined PCDC in 2016 as a Training and Curriculum Development Specialist in the Performance Improvement Program. She provides highly interactive, experiential trainings, curriculum development, and technical support for professionals who coordinate care for complex, high-risk patients. Previously the Outreach and Training Program Supervisor for Mount Sinai Hospital’s Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program, a position she held for more than ten years, Angela spearheaded all education and training initiatives for the program. These programs included a primary prevention education initiative in multiple high schools throughout NYC and on college campuses, as well as trauma-informed professional trainings for medical and social service providers. She has extensive experience working in the field of sexual and intimate partner violence as a trainer and an advocate. Angela began her career as a Sexuality Educator at PPNYC and comes to PCDC with almost 20 years of training and program development experience, specializing in sexual health, violence prevention, and trauma-informed approaches to care.

Judy Lipshutz, MSW, RN, Senior Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3912Email: Judy Lipshutz joined the PCDC team in 2017 as a Senior Project Manager with the High Impact Prevention (HIP) in Health Care Team. She is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to health care organizations across the country. For more than 20 years, Ms. Lipshutz was instrumental in developing and implementing innovative reproductive health programs at the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University. She was integrally involved in program development, health care provider training for multi-disciplinary professionals, and curriculum development. She is dedicated to the promotion of reproductive rights, HIV treatment and prevention services, contraceptive choice, and school and community-based health services. Ms. Lipshutz has also worked as a consultant to many reproductive health care organizations throughout New York City.

Kimberly Mirabella, Senior Project Coordinator

Phone: 212-437-3931Email: Kimberly joined PCDC in 2006, providing support to the Performance Improvement Team. She has played a key role on many projects in the areas of marketing and customer service, increasing revenue, patient-centered medical home, emergency preparedness and health information technology. Most recently, Kimberly has joined the HIP in Health Care team, focusing her efforts in the areas of HIV testing and prevention. She especially enjoys working on the development of Learning Communities, bringing health center staff together to work on common goals in improving their HIV services.

The California Team

Brandon A. Harrison, Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3954Email: Brandon is a Project Manager and Trainer on the High Impact Prevention (HIP) in Health Care team at PCDC. As Project Manager, Brandon is is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to health care organizations across the country. He has served in leadership positions implementing HIV prevention, and sexual health programs across the country, in communities most impacted by health disparities. Brandon recently implemented and supervised one of the nation’s largest PrEP Programs based in New York City. Throughout Brandon’s career, he has been diligent in raising awareness to issues such as stigma, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ issues, violence, sex work and other issues affecting vulnerable communities. Brandon remains a leader, supporter, and role model inspiring others to continue their resilience.

Oscar Marquez, Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3921Email: Oscar Marquez joined the CDC-funded HIV prevention capacity-building assistance program (CBA) at PCDC in 2017, providing training and technical assistance to support the delivery of HIV prevention services within primary care. Mr. Marquez leads the development of various capacity building resources such as training curricula, webinars, and other tools. Mr. Marquez has worked in the HIV prevention field since 2002. Before joining PCDC, he worked for over four years at a Los Angeles-based health care organization, implementing direct client prevention services such as Prevention Case Management (CRCS), HIV testing and counseling, Group Level Interventions, Individual Level Interventions, and Recruitment. Prior to that, Mr. Marquez worked at Shared Action at APLA Health, a nationally recognized CBA program, where he oversaw the development, implementation, and quality assurance of distance-learning technologies (e.g., website and online trainings).

Mazdak Mazarei, Senior Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3941Email: Based in PCDC’s California office, Senior Project Manager Mazdak Mazarei supports the management and implementation of day-to-day operations for the agency’s High Impact Prevention (HIP) in Health Care program, a CDC-funded project that provides free HIV prevention training and technical assistance to health care organizations across the country. Mazdak has more than 15 years' experience providing capacity-building assistance services nationally, all rooted in his experience providing direct HIV services at AIDS service organizations and a local health department in the San Francisco Bay Area. At PCDC, Mazdak has co-led the performance improvement strategy for a national HIV training and technical assistance project as part of the HRSA-funded National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities. Previously, he served as an HIV Program Manager with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and as a member of both the San Francisco HIV Prevention Planning Council and the Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s Capacity Building Advisory Board.