Laurie Sylla, MHSA, BSW
Mountain West AIDS Education & Training CenterAddress:
325 Ninth Ave, Mailstop 359932
Seattle, WA 98178
Expert Trainer, Expert Facilitator
Laurie has many years of domestic and international training experience on a variety of topics including treatment integration, HIV cure, substance use, harm reduction, U=U, HIV overview, microbicides, and counseling techniques (including MI), as well as topics such as program evaluation, grant writing, and planning. She has provided training on behalf of Yale University, the Global Campaign for Microbicides, the Society for Women & AIDS in Africa, the Ukrainian Institute for Public Health Policy, defeatHIV, and the University of Malaysia, among others. She served as adjunct faculty for Russell Sage College/Albany Medical College (New York) to provide AIDS courses to NYS Dept. of Corrections staff and St. Joseph’s College (Connecticut), where she taught graduate counseling classes on AIDS, death and dying. She enjoys working with groups large and small. She became an ATTC certified trainer on Hepatitis C in 2019.
Laurie Sylla has been involved with AIDS since the early 1980s, as an agency director, program director, direct service provider, advocate, researcher, coalition leader, and an educator. She co-founded the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, one of the oldest AIDS service organizations in the US, and the Community Research Initiative of New England (CRI), an early effort to bring clinical trials to the primary care setting. She is currently the Director of the Mountain West AIDS Education & Training Center at the University of Washington, and serves on community advisory boards for defeatHIV, the NIH Martin Delaney Collaboratories Towards an HIV Cure Initiative, and the Seattle AIDS Clinical Trials Unit. She was part of a training team that helped Ukraine roll out integrated suboxone/HIV/HCV/TB treatment and assisted Malaysia with piloting a pre-release HIV/MOUD program for prisoners with HIV. Providing trainings/workshops is one of her favorite things to do.