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LaToya Tyson

Roles:
  • Director of Harm Reduction & Prevention, AIDS Connecticut (ACT)
  • Member, Community Advisory Board, CIRA
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Biography:

LaToya Tyson is the current Director of Harm Reduction & Prevention at AIDS Connecticut, Inc. (ACT) in Hartford, CT. ACT is a community-based organization whose mission (along with collaborating partners) is to increase Connecticut's capacity to ensure that all people impacted by HIV/AIDS and related health issues have access to health, housing and support services. LaToya has worked for the organization for over 10 years. In her current role, LaToya oversees the administrative operations of ACT's prevention department which consists of sexual health, syringe services and the community distribution center. In addition to administrative responsibilities, LaToya is DPH-certified in and conducts HIV/HCV counseling and testing, provides HIV/HCV/STI/safer sex education presentations, tables health fairs/conferences, facilitates both sexual health and OD prevention trainings, and conducts distribution of naloxone. LaToya holds DPH certifications in STI counseling and testing (via urine and phlebotomy) and effective behavioral interventions (EBIs) such as Testing Together, Drug User Health, Motivational Interviewing, CLEAR, and SISTA. LaToya has undergone training to utilize social networking strategies, how to expand PrEP access and how to provide services to diverse groups including Trans women, MSM of color, aging HIV+ individuals and those who have experienced sexual and domestic violence. LaToya is fluent in Spanish.

LaToya's career in HIV has gradually elevated her from Peer Advocate to Peer Educator to Medical Case Manager to Prevention Health Outreach Educator to Prevention Services Specialist to Prevention Program Manager to Associate Director of Prevention and finally landing at Director of Harm Reduction and Prevention. Other professionals, in the field, describe LaToya as a committed, dedicated and knowledgeable worker who works hard and selflessly. She’s seen as someone who cares very deeply about her work and the people she affects. LaToya is described as a compassionate empath who serves as a glue to hold everything together while simultaneously supporting others in a fair, equitable way. LaToya is said to "dance to the beat of her own drum".