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Baylor College of Medicine

Who are we?

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is home to the Houston AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC). The BCM-Houston AETC is part of the South Central AETC (SCAETC), which is comprised of five states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The BCM-Houston AETC collaborates with faculty and colleagues from BCM, University of Texas Health Systems, and Harris Health System at the Thomas Street Health Center (TSHC). TSHC is a BCM-Houston AETC affiliated site and the largest freestanding HIV comprehensive care clinic in Houston. This health center serves over 5,000 people living with HIV (PLWH) and provides prevention services for those at risk for HIV.

What can we do for you?

The BCM-Houston AETC mission is to provide evidence-based education and training for health professionals and organizations in order to improve the quality of life of people living with or at-risk of HIV.

The BCM-Houston AETC offers

  • Education and training programs custom-designed to your needs
  • Clinical preceptorships at Thomas Street Health Center
  • One-on-one and group clinical consultations

Our programs are available for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, social workers, trainees, and other health professionals on a variety of topics, including but not limited to

  • HIV prevention and testing
  • Antiretroviral therapy
  • Drug interactions and resistance
  • HIV treatment
  • Co-morbidities in HIV care
  • Linkage to and retention in care

For more information, please contact us at HoustonAETC@bcm.edu and follow us on Twitter @HoustonAETC.

Meet the Team

patelDirector, BCM-Houston AETC

shitalp@bcm.edu

Twitter: @ShitalPatelMD

Dr. Patel is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases. Her expertise includes more than 12 years of vaccine clinical trials research experience, as well education and clinical efforts dedicated to improving the health of underserved and diverse communities. Dr. Patel has provided care for patients with HIV at the Thomas Street Health Center and Ben Taub Hospital, Harris Health, Houston, Texas since 2003 and serves on the Houston Area Ryan White Planning Council. She is also the Clinical Director for the BCM -Houston AETC (South Central AIDS Education and Training Center Region). Since 2013, she has strengthened the AETC program with local partnerships and collaborations to help health professionals improve the health and quality of life of patients living with HIV.

Associate Clinical DirectorPhoto of Melanie Goebel

Melanie.goebel@bcm.edu

Dr. Goebel is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases. Her training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Internship and Internal Medicine Residency at Duke University Medical Center.  She completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine with a focus on antimicrobial stewardship and implementation science. Dr. Goebel provides care to patients with HIV at Thomas Street Health Center and Ben Taub Hospital, Harris Health, Houston, Texas. She is passionate about providing empathetic and quality care to underserved and vulnerable patient populations, including people with HIV. She joined the AETC team as the Associate Clinical Director in 2020.

Program ManagerPhoto of Felicia Robinson

Felicia.robinson@bcm.edu

Twitter: @FeliciaRobins32

Felicia Robinson is the Program Manager for the South Central AETC program at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM-Houston AETC).  Ms. Robinson has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and holds two certifications, Certified Quality Auditor (ASQ) and Yellow Belt in Lean Six Sigma.  Felicia has 18 years of administrative experience working in the HIV field.  She has a passion for quality management and performance improvement in training healthcare professionals through networking and best practice strategies.

aryaDigital Marketing Strategist

monishaa@bcm.edu

Twitter: @AryaCampaigns

Dr. Arya is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases. She is also a skilled medical and science communications professional. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the design of media campaigns for health promotion and has over 30 publications in the areas of HIV and HCV testing media campaigns. Her areas of expertise include health communication, marketing, digital media, and health campaign design.

rodrigezProject Manager

Natalia.Rodriguez@bcm.edu

MPH Student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health

Twitter: @Natrdz11

Ms. Rodriguez graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston with a Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology with a concentration in Public Health Informatics. As a Latina, she is especially interested in expanding the conversation for intervention strategies for sexual and gender minority Latinx individuals. In her spare time, she is a Board Member for the Houston Global Health Collaborative. Her work at the BCM Houston AETC has focused on developing cultural humility trainings for Latinx and Trasngender communities, as well as the lead on an ECHO adaptation for the implementation of rapid start protocols among Ryan White Part A clinics.

johnsonProject Coordinator

Shelby.Johnson@bcm.edu

MPH Student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health

Twitter: @ByShelbyJohnson

Ms. Johnson is a graduate student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, pursuing a Master’s in Public Health in Community Health Practice with a concentration in Health Disparities. She has a natural affinity for supporting the needs of underserved and diverse communities, as well as populations at risk of preventable diseases. Previously she served as a Be The Match ambassador for the National Bone Marrow Registry, working to increase minority registrants. She currently leads the Houston AETC HIV prevention program efforts.

Project Coordinator Photo of Marcus Benoit

Thomas Street Health Center

Marcus.Benoit@harrishealth.org

Twitter: @MarcusBenoit6 

Mr. Benoit, PhD(c), MSW is the current HIV Program Manager for Harris Health System-Thomas Street Health Center where he is charged with the oversight of programs that assist People With HIV (PWH) and those at risk of acquiring HIV and other STIs. Marcus’s goal is to serve and advocate for those who are underserved surrounding the evolution/affects HIV has on individuals of various socioeconomic status. Before joining the Harris Health team, he was the Regional Ryan White Liaison at The Houston Regional HIV/AIDS Resource Group Grants Administration agency where he was responsible for the overall development and maintenance of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) for the Eastern Texas region. He is active in promotion, engagement, and empowerment of communities to address HIV/AIDS disparities regarding prevention and treatment to achieve a sustainable systemic change. Marcus is currently pursuing a Doctor of Human Services with a Specialization in Leadership and Organizational Management.

Medical Student InternPhoto of Rebecca Chen

rlchen@bcm.edu

Ms. Chen graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in English and is currently a second-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). She is interested in addressing health disparities across different disciplines and believes that a city like Houston is the perfect place to do so. At BCM, she is also involved with the Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Clinic, Medical Ethics Student Organization, and the literary and arts journal Omentum. Her work with BCM Houston-AETC centers around the development of Rapid ART protocols and ECHO adaptation at Ryan White Part A partner clinics.

Medical Student InternPhoto of Tejas Kumar

Tejas.Kumar@bcm.edu

Tejas graduated from Rice University, majoring in both Biochemistry and Studio Art and is currently a second-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).  Tejas has a passion for social justice-focused primary care. He is interested in exploring the healthcare disparities related to sexual and gender minorities, especially in BIPOC communities. With BCM-Houston AETC, he is involved with the development of Rapid ART protocols at Ryan White Part A partner clinics.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under grant number U1OHA33225 (South Central AIDS Education and Training Center). It was awarded to the University of New Mexico. No percentage of this project was financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.