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Michael D. Shankle, MPHMichael D. Shankle, MPH, Director of Capacity Building has over 21 years of experience in HIV prevention and care, program management, and policy, including program development and capacity building. As HealthHIV's Director Capacity Building, Michael is responsible for leading the organization's day-to-day capacity building and technical assistance efforts.

He coordinates outreach and engagement efforts of local elected officials on HIV prevention and the impact of HIV on the communities they serve. He develops strategic and capacity building plans to address the needs of local officials, community based organizations, health departments, clinical providers, fiscal administrator, and medically underserved communities. He has also built coalitions and developed strategic public health practice partnerships at the local, states, and national levels.

Additionally, Shankle serves as the Project Director for a multisite, national medication therapy management demonstration project integrating community health centers and community pharmacists. Prior to joining HealthHIV, Michael began his career as a research specialist with the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, where he combined his experience of behavioral health sciences, health research, and technology, to develop online HIV/STI interventions. While there, he implemented programming that facilitated parity, inclusion, and representation of high-risk, sexually active young adults in HIV community planning processes.

In 2006, Shankle produced and published the first public health textbook dedicated exclusively the LGBT Health entitled, "The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner's Guide to Service." Michael joined the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts in 2006, first as director of The MALE Center (Boston's gay and bisexual men's community health and wellness center), and then as director of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender health. Shankle lead a CDC funded adaptation demonstration and research project focused on adapting the Community PROMISE intervention for HIV positive, African American MSM. While at the University of Pittsburgh and at AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Shankle lead research project from the National Library of Medicine and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.