BIO

Natalie A. Solomon-Brimage received her Masters in Public Health with a focus in Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) in 2006. While attending GSPH, she held a NIH EXPORT (Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training) Graduate Student Researcher position in the Center for Minority Health. Her thesis focused on a process evaluation of the implementation of the depression screening tool, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), into the prenatal protocol, from the healthcare providers’ point of view. Specifically highlighting how encouragement, empowerment, and education of patients can be an important area for social change in accepting their mental illness, and teaching them how to receive appropriate and timely care.  Also, encouraging healthcare providers to obtain knowledge about depression and how to be culturally sensitive to their diverse patient population and their behaviors and how that can improve the accuracy of their diagnoses and treatment. Natalie A. Solomon-Brimage also received a BS in Psychology and BA in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Currently, Natalie is a Public Health Analyst serving as a Project Officer and Contract Officer Representative (COR) for the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Office of Training and Capacity Development within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau. She oversees the monitoring, assessment, and reporting for selected demonstration sites in the following SPNS initiatives: Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum Initiative; Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum; Enhancing Access to and Retention in Quality HIV/AIDS Care for Transgender Women of Color Initiative; System-Level Workforce Capacity Building for Integrating HIV Primary Care in Community Health Care Settings; and Culturally Appropriate Interventions of Outreach, Access, and Retention among Latino(a) Populations.

She has several publications including, but not limited to the Journal of the National Medical Association; a submitted Abstract to the 95th General Microbiology Meeting in Washington, D.C.; three publications under the U.S. DHHS, Public Health Service, SAMHSA, CSAT, and in the World of Giving, for the University of Pittsburgh. She has also published and presented in the area of women’s health, HIV/AIDS, cultural humility, and microaggressions. Natalie joined HRSA eight years ago as an HRSA Scholar in what was then the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Services. She managed the bureau’s $50 million state loan repayment program and was a COR for the credit-vetting process of clinicians participating in the National Health Service Corps.

Originally from Allentown, PA, Natalie has a long-standing commitment to public health that spans over 20 years of Public Health experience. Her research interests include cultural humility, health equity, HIV/AIDS and women’s health in communities of color. In her spare time, she volunteers with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., mentoring young women on their career paths. Natalie is a member of the American Public Health Association. Additionally, Natalie holds membership in Delta Omega, Omicron chapter public health honor society.