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Seasoned Health Educator / Developing Epidemiologist

East Brunswick, NJ


Public Health professional with a wide range of experience ranging from direct health education to program coordination and management. Primary fields of experience include HIV/AIDS, antibiotic resistance, community nutrition and health surveys. Epidemiological research experience includes working with large public datasets from the CDC such as NHIS and BRFSS. Experienced in using SAS and SPSS.

Work Experience

Prevention Program Manager

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ

Sep 2011Current

Supervise prevention and HIV testing staffs of seventeen (17) individual staff members across five
(5) different sites in the State of NJ.
  • Provide quality assurance by direct observation of staff and chart review for individual and group
level evidence based interventions.
  • Review and approve monthly reports submitted by staff members statewide.
  • Synthesize quarterly progress reports and negotiate grant progress and objectives based on available resources and progress.
  • Train new and existing staff on best practices in documenting intervention progress and individual
progress notes
  • Serve as liaison between the state HIV services planning group and the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation with respect to changes in state priorities and client needs.
  • Conduct quarterly program meetings with various program staffs to coordinate efforts statewide.
  • Other duties as assigned by Director of Prevention Services.

PWP Health Educator

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ

Apr 2010Sep 2011

Provide individual and group level Effective Behavioral Interventions to persons living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Conduct individual HIV risk reduction counseling sessions to persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
  • Facilitate focus groups to determine the needs of the New Brunswick PLWHA community.
  • Outreach to PLWHA at various service providers and community venues.
  • Engage Latino community members in HIV education and community advocacy.
  • Conduct bi-monthly program meetings with other PWP staff to coordinate efforts statewide.

Student Assistant (Latino Outreach Coordinator)

UMDNJ- School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ

Jun 2008Jan 2009

Communicate with Latino serving organizations regarding antibiotic resistance and establish rapport.
  • Review Spanish-language health materials for cultural appropriateness.
  • Develop qualitative assessment materials and short communications to Latino community.
  • Conduct focus groups Latino community members.
  • Conduct intercept interviews with Latino community members.
  • Engage Latino community members in antibiotic resistance education at community health fairs.

Research/ Teaching Specialist V

UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ

Jul 2006Jun 2007

Provide technical support for the RWJMS Teaching Laboratory classrooms.
  • Set-up and dismantle labs for RWJMS Teaching Laboratories.
  • Manage the daily activities in the RWJMS Teaching Laboratories stock room.
  • Observe good laboratory practices and enforce the same standards of quality with students.


Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Health Education & Behavioral Science (HEBS)

UMDNJ- School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ


Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences

The State University of NJ - Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ



Cultural Competency, Spanish Language Fluency, Conversational French, Public Speaking, Community Needs Assessment, Motivational Interviewing, Social Marketing Experience, Survey Design and Research, SAS, SPSS, TreeAge, NHIS, BRFSS

Additional Information

HIV Basics, Client Centered Counseling, Risk Reduction Counseling, Effective Facilitation Skills, Stigma, STD Basics, Respect, CLEAR, Voices/Voces, Healthy Relationships, Many Men Many Voices 
NJ HIV Planning Group Elected Member 
NJHPG Stigma Workgroup Chairman 
NJHPG Governance Committee Member 
NJHPG MSM Workgroup Member 
Cooper University Hospital Academic Associate '09 
New Brunswick High School Public Health Club Adviser '08 
Bribiescas RG, Betancourt J, Torres AM, & Reiches M. (2008) Short communication: Active ghrelin levels across time and associations with leptin and anthropometrics in healthy Ache Amerindian women of Paraguay. American Journal of Human Biology 20 (3). 
Developing a Campaign to Raise Awareness About Proper Use of Antibiotics Among Spanish Speakers in New Jersey. 
Diane Lucas, MDiv, CHES, Jaime Betancourt, & Lynn Waishwell, PhD, CHES 
UMDNJ 14th Annual Public Health Symposium; Piscataway, New Jersey - April 2009 
Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of New HIV Prevention Options for MSM. 
Jaime Betancourt 
NJHPG Issues Committee- Rutgers University; New Brunswick, New Jersey – October 2011 
Determining the Association between Mental Health Measures, Smoking and Effect Modification by Sex among US Adults- BRFSS, 2009. 
Jaime Betancourt 
Dean’s Fieldwork Review- UMDNJ-School of Public Health; Piscataway, New Jersey – May 2013
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