Melanie Ogleton, MHSA, is the Deputy Director of the Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center, bringing more than 15 years of experience directing large-scale HIV/AIDS and behavioral health-focused federal government contracts. Her depth of program management expertise spans the continuum from work with state systems, local health departments, community-based organizations (CBO), and faith-based organizations (FBO) to federally qualified health centers. She has worked successfully with a range of diverse stakeholders, bringing them together to outline thoughtful, culturally competent, solutions to public health challenges.
Ms. Ogleton currently serves as the Deputy Director and Task Lead for Altarum Institute’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration technical assistance (TA) contract, Access to Recovery; and for another contract, in collaboration with Advocates for Human Potential, that provides TA on issues related to the integration of substance abuse treatment, HIV/AIDS, and viral hepatitis. For both projects, she supports development of sustainable state, tribal, and local networks to support the needs of people in recovery who are also living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. As a skilled facilitator, trainer, and TA provider, Ms. Ogleton also directs an Office of Women’s Health pilot training project looking at the intersection of intimate partner violence and HIV/AIDS.
Ms. Ogleton’s thoughtful approach to project management has supported team-focused strategies, sound resource management, and outcome-focused client solutions. She has a proven track record of achieving the highest-quality customer service, balancing the needs of federal clients and program recipients alike. Using these strengths, she serves as strategic advisor for Altarum’s Office of Population Affairs Title X Family Planning National Training Center for Coordination and Strategic Initiatives.
Before joining Altarum, Ms. Ogleton directed or managed numerous projects in which she designed, implemented, and evaluated a wide range of national training and TA programs for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, private foundations, CBOs, and FBOs in the areas of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental health, and overall community health. Specifically, she directed two HHS contracts with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). One was for a multimillion-dollar Minority AIDS Initiative project titled Supporting Networks of HIV Care by Enhancing Primary Medical Care (SNHC by EPMC), where she designed and facilitated training, TA, and intensive capacity-building services to Federally Qualified Health Centers and lookalike sites to promote integration of HIV primary care. This included a site visit component that assessed health center systems and infrastructure for supporting the primary care needs of people living with HIV. Inherent in this process was a review of programs to address co-occurring substance use and mental health issues.
The other project, Communities Learning Together: Advancing HIV Care and Support through Effective Fiscal Management, featured learning communities and Web-based trainings for Ryan White program-funded grantees to enhance organizational development and fiscal management capacity. Ms. Ogleton’s previous work for HAB includes development of three training curricula: one to support Ryan White Planning Councils with evaluation of their planning cycles; one to implement community assessments to enhance systems and approaches for reaching people living with HIV who are aware of their status but not in care; and one for SNHC by EPMC to train health centers about key areas of HIV disease progression, development of health homes, and administrative considerations for HIV service funding and reimbursement.
As one of the lead evaluators of HAB’s National Quality Center, Ms. Ogleton led the design and implementation of key informant interviews and focus groups to support definition of quality standards for HIV care and services. In conjunction with SNHC by EPMC, she has worked with Medscape to design continuing medical education-certified Web-based training modules for clinical providers implementing or expanding HIV primary care services.
Through these experiences, Ms. Ogleton has established an expert understanding of the complex issues and key barriers affecting health and optimal health outcomes. She has a strong commitment to increasing the capacity of state and local systems to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain effective public health programs for minority and underserved populations.
Ms. Ogleton holds a master’s in health services administration with a concentration in health policy from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Hampton University. She is currently pursuing a master’s in public health from The George Washington University.