Ana Olivera is the first woman, the first Latina, the first lesbian to head Gay Men's Health Crisis, the nation's largest AIDS service organization. Named Executive Director in November, 1999, she is responsible for programs and services reaching 8,000 men, women and children annually, as well as the agency's national and international education and advocacy efforts. Prior to coming to GMHC, Ms. Olivera directed programs at Samaritan Village, the Osborne Association, and ElRio. At all three, she worked to develop harm reduction-based treatment models and alternatives to incarceration with special focuses on services for women and substance users. At Brooklyn's Kings County Hospital and at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, she developed groundbreaking acupuncture-based programs for the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.
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