With over seven years in the HIV/AIDS field, Erik has dedicated his career to furthering the cause -- supporting his friends, family, and community members affected by the HIV epidemic.
Today Erik works as program manager for the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus, where he advances their mission of reducing HIV infection rates among Black MSM. He facilitates and plans social interventions, events, and forums for the community.
Previously, as a hotline resource counselor for the State of Illinois HIV/STD Hotline, Erik delivered public health information to people in crisis and empowered callers, regardless of status and education, to become advocates for their own health. As primary trainer and coach for all department staff, he worked with his team to deliver high-quality service to callers throughout Illinois and the country at large. His dedication to consistent and accurate information led the State of Illinois HIV/STD Hotline to be recognized as one of the leading HIV/STD hotlines in the country.
During this time, he also spearheaded the development, growth, and accuracy of the Online Illinois HIV/STD Service Database and managed a team of four who surveyed more than 3,000 individual HIV-related services across 200 community organizations for accuracy and relevance to the caller population.
As an HIV case manager with Chicago House & Social Service Agency, he liaised with local leaders, such as doctors and public health administrators, to centralize service delivery. He supported newly diagnosed clients in securing financial, medical and social resources, which aligned to their specific needs.
Erik received his master's degree in social service administration and social work from University of Chicago in 2011, and his bachelor's degree from University of Michigan in 2005. He has received training through Chicago Department of Public Health and AIDS Foundation of Chicago, with additional preparation from U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
In his personal life, Erik attends and participates in community events like Ride for AIDS Chicago, attends charity fundraisers, and remains a trusted resource for colleagues working in the field.