Jessica Brown developed the Encouraging Life Organization (ELO) in 2010. As the founder and director of the ELO, her focus to coordinate community outreach initiatives and build community partnerships to combat with sexual and reproductive disparities. As the director, she has experience with collaborating with health organizations such as Planned Parenthood, where she was responsible for planning developing, and implementing comprehensive sex education materials and guidelines for middle and high school students of the Sacramento Unified School District (SUSD).
In addition, Ms. Brown completed trainings conducted by the California Public Health Department’s STD/Is and HIV Prevention Training Center and is a certified HIV Counselor and Tester. These trainings focused on STD/Is and HIV prevention education and provided an overview of STI/HIV testing and counseling, while providing data and disease reporting information on STD/Is and HIV incidence and prevalence rates within Sacramento County.
She has experience in gathering and analyzing data information on reproductive health disparities among Latino and African Americans and is well versed in addressing social, behavioral, and environmental determinants that contribute to negative health outcomes within various priority populations. In addition,she received her master's degree in Public Health at San Jose State University, where she developed a program proposal for an intervention to reduce chlamydia and gonorrhea rates among African American women, ages 15-25 in Sacramento County.
Brown is a public health professional specializing in health program development and management. She has proven capability in community health education and promotion; implementing, monitoring and evaluating prevention programs for community-based organizations; community-based participatory research and administration. She has additional experience in statistical data analyzes and conducting needs assessments utilizing Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and SAS. She currently serves as a Health Program Specialist for the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, HIV Surveillance Branch.