Patricia (Patti) A. Abshier, PHD, MPH, MSW, began as the Director of the TRAIN Learning Network and Programs at the Public Health Foundation (PHF) in June of 2017. For over 20 years Ms. Abshier has specialized in capacity building and workforce development. She has assisted agencies with the implementation of new practices and technologies into their existing programs and organizational structures. Ms. Abshier aided agencies in enhancing their abilities to provide exceptional services by providing tailored training and technical assistance to clinicians, administrators and frontline staff.
Before joining PHF, Ms. Abshier served as the Prevention Programs Branch Chief in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Director of Training and Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) in the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition, she previously served as the Deputy Director of the Title X Family Planning National Training Center and Senior Trainer for Cicatelli Associates, Inc. (CAI).
Ms. Abshier’s capacity building activities included implementation of biomedical technologies into traditional HIV prevention settings, planning and implementation of structural and evidence-based interventions, strategic planning for health departments and community based organizations, policy and protocol development, clinic flow analysis, and workforce utilization.
Ms. Abshier received her Ph. D. in Epidemiology in 2016 and Master of Public Health in 2008 from the Walden University. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2004 and served as an adjunct professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work, teaching Research and Program Evaluation.