CBA Specialists and Trainers

_mg_1466-2Hannabah Blue, MSPH, is Diné (Navajo), originally from Kirtland, New Mexico. Hannabah has a breadth of experience working on race and social justice issues in health, particularly those affecting Queer People of Color, and Native and Indigenous communities. Currently, as a Consultant with John Snow, Inc., she provides technical assistance nationwide on various public health projects. She has served as the Public Health Services Project Manager at the American Indian Public Health Resource Center at North Dakota State University. In this role, she worked with tribes in the Great Plains region to build infrastructure for public health efforts, including around harm reduction and HIV/Hepatitis C prevention. She also was a HIV Capacity Building Assistance Specialist at the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, where she coordinated technical assistance and HIV prevention interventions targeting Native women for over 3 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism, and Gender and Sexuality Studies from New York University, and a Maternal and Child Health Graduate Certificate focusing on Native women through the University of Arizona. She recently earned a Master of Science degree from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, with concentrations in women, gender, and maternal and child health. Hannabah also proudly serves on the Board of Directors of Café Cultura, a non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado that promotes creative expression and leadership among Indigenous and Latino youth through oral traditions of storytelling, spoken word and poetry.

Laura GerardLaura Gerard, MSW/MPH, has over ten years experience in public health program development and management. Laura’s current work is focused on capacity building for  community-based organizations providing HIV prevention services, as well as providing technical assistance on implementation of the Affordable Care Act for Ryan White grantees. Laura received her Masters of Social Welfare and Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.



Yvonne-150x150Yvonne Hamby, MPH, is a CBA Specialist with CBA@JSI. Yvonne has substantial experience in developing programs related to STD and HIV prevention as well as the utilization of data for program monitoring and improvement. She has worked closely with DHHS agencies; CDC funded programs as well as state and local health departments. Yvonne has served as a site evaluator for six SPNS funded sites, Options Replication Project. She has also served as the project director for the Region VIII HIV Integration in Indian Country project, funded by CDC, Office of Reproductive Health. The goal of the project is to apply behavioral science theory, research expertise, and capacity-building TA for the development and assessment of HIV integration services within Indian Country. Yvonne received her Masters of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of South Florida.

Christopher LaRose, PhD, Dr. La Rose has over 12 years of experience evaluating public health programs and building capacity to address preventable diseases. His body of work includes managing projects that focus on implementing evaluations as well as those that provide technical assistance on HIV monitoring and evaluation in both the domestic and international contexts. Dr. La Rose’s various duties have included managing programs focused on coordinating multiple in-person and virtual, web-based, trainings and developing curricula and materials for those trainings, managing subcontractors and interacting with clients and stakeholders, developing training curricula and directly facilitating trainings, and leading teams of TA providers providing technical assistance to clients and stakeholders. In terms of evaluation, he has developed trainings on both qualitative and mixed methods program evaluation and has led multi-site/multi-country evaluations that relied on multiple sources of quantitative data, including surveys, Web-based instruments, focus groups and interviews.


Arman Lorz has a vast understanding of working with youth, men who have sex with other men, high-risk heterosexuals, and people living with HIV and their partners. He has over ten years of experience working in the HIV field. He has been providing various training, technical assistance, and other English and Spanish capacity-building assistance (CBA) services in his role as CBA Specialist for CDC and locally-funded agencies across the U.S. and its territories. Arman brings a solid understanding of the national High Impact Interventions, evidence-based programs, and public health strategies to his work. He is an experienced trainer on Social Network Strategy (SNS), Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC), and Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) curricula, as well as other related HIV prevention skills and content. Recently, Arman has been involved in projects working closely with newly diagnosed HIV individuals and medication adherence strategies, and patient navigation services.

His front-line experience working in the non-profit HIV arena provides Arman with an ample understanding of challenges small organizations face related to meeting the needs of clients. He also possesses vast professional and experiential knowledge of best practices related to program implementation and sustainability, especially recruitment and retention strategies, group facilitation skills, conducting focus groups, and HIV testing. His understanding and experience conducting needs assessments and evaluation studies have led him to present at national conferences including the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Conference.

Arman has proficiency working with U.S.-based Spanish-speaking populations from various countries. He has assisted on international HIV-focused programs in Central America and the Caribbean; collectively, this has taken Arman to lead many culturally and health sensitive translation reviews. His enthusiasm for learning is reflected by his current pursuit of a graduate degree in public health administration at Colorado State University.


Sam Stallworth, MA, has over eight years of experience as a public health researcher and direct provider of services related to HIV/AIDS prevention and surveillance. He has extensive experience in the provision of technical assistance and training to federal- and state- funded grantees in the collection and submission of HIV/AIDS data, development and review of adherence to quality assurance measures, and the analysis and preparation of data for reporting. He is proficient in use of SPSS statistical analysis software and has been trained in Articulate Storyline, an e-learning authoring tool.

Currently, Sam serves as a Specialist for JSI’s Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) project, aimed at providing CBA CBOs. In addition to providing direct technical assistance to agencies, Sam also serves as a lead trainer for both the Social Network Strategy and Couples HIV Testing and Counseling. In addition to his work with the CBA project, Sam also works with the Affordable Care Act Enrollment project, working with the Technical Assistance and Training to provide programmatic guidance to Ryan White HIV/AIDS programs in providing assistance to clients enrolling into expanded Medicaid and Marketplace coverage. He also works on the Data to Care project, which assists selected State health departments with the using HIV surveillance data to inform continuum of care activities.

Sam previously served as a data integrity and quality assurance subject matter expert for the NHM&E Service Center at ICF International, where he was also the online qualitative data lead for Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH) Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) project, serving as lead for design and dissemination of online survey tool used to assess needs and access to services for young men in urban communities. As a the field operations liaison for the Florida Department of Health Bureau of HIV/AIDS Surveillance Unit, he provided programmatic consultation and technical assistance to State Health Office (SHO) and surveillance field staff through the relay of information regarding updates to HIV/AIDS surveillance reporting guidelines and procedures. Sam also provided direct HIV prevention services as a health services representative for the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County, conducting HIV counseling, testing, and referral services, as well as working within the community by offering outreach and prevention education to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS.

Sam is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE!) and loves college football, even if the sport doesn’t always love him in return.