APIAHF
Capacity Building Specialist

Maria Carmela Keys, MSW, Capacity Building Specialist has over 8 years of working in the non-profit sector. She started working as a counselor and providing school based case-management services for children and youth in underserved populations. In 2010 she received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan, specializing in Management of Human Services and Communities and Social Systems. Maria began her work in the field of HIV while in Detroit, Michigan, working with an AIDS Service Organization. There ran a variety of support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS and worked with an Mpowerment group to develop a photovoice participatory project. Maria has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to a number of Evidence Based Interventions from CDC’s Compendium of HIV Prevention Interventions.

Expertise & Interests:
• Target populations: Former incarcerated HIV positive individuals, HIV positive mothers populations, MSM, people of color, children and youth
• School-based services
• Individual and group counseling
• HIV Testing: Rapid Testing
• Evidence Based-Interventions
• Organizational Development

Capacity building approach:
“I approach my work as a Capacity Building Specialist as valuing the passion and expertise that individuals and organizations bring to the sector. I think of this as, ‘you are the expert in your community’, and for those reasons we will create a partnership in order to best meet your needs as individuals or organizations.”