Senior Policy Associate

Tanesha Burley PortraitTanesha Burley has worked with Altarum since 2009, where she currently serves as a Senior Policy Associate. She focuses primarily on health disparities and the reduction thereof through effective partnership development and the delivery of tailored training and technical assistance (TA) services.

Ms. Burley began her career as a Public Health Analyst in the Division of Training and TA at the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. In this position, she oversaw more than $5 million in national cooperative agreements and contracts that were all designed to provide training, TA, and capacity-building services to minority-serving organizations and individuals nationwide. After amicably departing from federal service, Ms. Burley continued to focus on health disparities and TA while serving as an independent consultant for the Communities Advocating for Emergency AIDS Relief Foundation. In this position, she coordinated the delivery of training, TA, and capacity-building services to small to medium-sized HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide.

At Altarum, Ms. Burley currently serves as the TA Manager for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Behavioral Health and HIV/AIDS TA Center, where she provides TA designed to reduce the impact of behavioral health problems, HIV risk and incidence, and behavioral health and HIV-related health disparities. Ms. Burley previously served as the project director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Multi-Sectorial Partnerships project. In this position, she provided support on several projects, including TA to the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) partners, which are 19 of the nation’s leading African-American and Latino civic and social organizations. Ms. Burley provided planning and logistical support for key national partnership meetings and provided ongoing partnership development support to CDC’s National Partnerships Team.

She also served as the Project Director for the CDC’s Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign. The campaign reaches men who have sex with men with HIV/AIDS messages in creative and interactive ways. In this position, Ms. Burley led the effort to identify and develop relevant partnerships to ensure the successful dissemination of campaign messages to the target audience. Additionally, she led the stakeholder engagement segment of CDC’s upcoming campaign for people living with HIV/AIDS. She also led the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy’s Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis project. Lastly, from 2010 to 2012, Ms. Burley served as Altarum’s Project Manager for the federal Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) strategic planning contract. In this position, she supported OAH in the development of its first strategic plan.

From 2009 to 2010, Ms. Burley served as Altarum’s Project Manager for AAALI, a 5-year, CDC-funded partnership with 16 of the nation’s leading African-American organizations. In this position, she engaged in communication and oversight with the 16 organizations in an effort to enable each one to make HIV prevention a core component of its day-to-day activities. Ms. Burley provided ongoing guidance and TA, which included linking AAALI organizations to appropriate local HIV testing facilities, providing tailored and up-to-date HIV/AIDS resources, and building a community of practice designed to foster further collaboration and communication among the AAALI organizations. Under Ms. Burley, the organizations reached nearly 260,000 predominantly African-American individuals with timely and accurate HIV/AIDS awareness information.

Before her work at Altarum, Ms. Burley served as the Region IV HIV/AIDS Regional Resource Coordinator (RRC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Regional Health Administrator. In this position, she represented the National HIV Testing Mobilization Campaign, a broad-based effort to mobilize faith communities, civic groups, and organizations across the country to encourage their members to get tested for HIV. Ms. Burley reached thousands of people while she traveled the nation, presenting on the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS and the importance of HIV testing.

Also while in this position, she held a leadership role in the development and implementation of Pass It Forward, a youth-based training and peer education program designed to reach minority youth across the nation. In addition to creating and delivering a leadership development training series for the Region IV staff while she was an RRC, Ms. Burley provided direct training and TA on organizational sustainability to Office on Women’s Health-funded organizations located across the southeastern region of the country, established a wellness and empowerment group for African-American girls at a local high school, and participated on grant review panels for the regional Office of Population Affairs and the regional and federal Offices on Women’s Health.

Ms. Burley holds a master’s degree in public health with a focus on health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia.