Executive Director and Co-Founder
Hugo Delgado has spent the last 20 years providing HIV prevention services in Northern Virginia. Mr. Delgado brings his extensive knowledge and experience in working with the community and developed an evidence-based outreach program based on the community peer health educator model which aims at reaching the often difficult to reach at-risk population with effective prevention approaches and at locations and times which will maximize the program’s reach.
He is responsible for contract and grants development, and fundraising efforts, resulting in the agency’s current annual budget of over half million. Mr. Delgado is a respected member of the Latino community in Northern Virginia and has a rapport with many leaders and members of many organizations.
Mr. Delgado’s extensive experience and position in the Latino community makes him a prominent provider of HIV prevention services among the Latino communities. Most notably, Mr. Delgado reached a 2 percent HIV positivity rate as a result of his innovative community testing and outreach program. Additionally, Mr. Delgado represents the organization at legislative hearings and other appropriate policy forums; confers with local, state and federal officials on community public health issues; meets with advisory boards, committees, the public and the media on community health matters. In Addition, Mr. Delgado is currently a member of Arlington Leadership class 2015.
Lazaro wears many hats and plays a big role at Nova Salud INC. His experience in so many different areas helps everyone at NovaSalud. He is the lead role in our organization called face to face where Health Educators and community health workers go to educate students on safe sex,HIV & STD’s. He is the program administrator for the Ryan White Program and much more !
Ignacio Aguirre is a Sr. Program Manager and leads NovaSalud’s HIV testing and counseling program and supervises the transgender and MSM programs. He has 20 years of HIV/AIDS, STD, and substance abuse counseling experience in the Northern Virginia and the Washington DC area. Mr. Aguirre is bilingual in Spanish/English and has spent the majority of his career serving vulnerable patients and communities in the Washington DC area. Before joining NovaSalud, Ignacio worked with NOVAM, District of Columbia Department of Health, La Clinica del Pueblo and Neighbors Consejo, Alternative House, Hopkins House and Salud,Inc.
Health Educator and RISE (Rewriting Inner Scripts Everyday) Facilitator – Now Hiring https://novasaludinc.org/health-educator-application/
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Community Health Worker
As a trusted support to individuals living with HIV, Freddy helps individuals overcome barriers to accessing the effective healthcare they need to maintain a strong health status and a healthy living environment, just as people who are not living with HIV. As a Spanish speaking community health worker (CHW), I am helping the Latino HIV community to get and maintain the medical care that they need. Freddy is an active member of VA CHW Forum Advisory Group and VA CHW Association, and American Planning Association, include serving on the Home Owners Association of Stone Ridge, Virginia. I enjoyed walking, biking, camping, traveling to unknow places, and filling my sketch book with drawings of outdoor spaces, land views, and garden pockets. Freddy has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Rutgers University, NJ, first master’s degree in Business Management from Marymount University, VA, and second master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgetown University, DC.
Why Freddy became a Community Health Worker: I am a Community Health Worker because I want to empower people living with HIV to get the healthcare to which they have the right and never give up on reaching for a better care and benefits.
“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty…” – Winston Churchill.
Health Educator and Transgender Program Leader.
Gia Martinez is the leader of NovaSalud Inc., TSISTA (Transgender Sisters Informing Sisters About Topics on AIDS.,) program. Gia has extensive experience in working with Latina transgender women, and is particularly experienced at reaching Latina transgender in the community. She is highly skilled at facilitating group interventions with Transgender Latinas. Gia spends her time advocating for expanded services for HIV prevention and treatment for transgender Latina women, and received a community leadership award in 2014 for her advocacy for transgender Latina equality. Gia also serves on the board of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national transgender immigrant advocacy group.
Maria Antonia Alfonso, M.S, L.P.C
Mental Health Therapist
Maria Antonia Alfonso serves as the Clinical Supervisor of the CLEAR Program, a one-on-one evidence-based counseling for adults living with HIV/AIDS, and a Mental Health Therapist for people living with HIV/AIDS under the Ryan White Program.Maria Antonia Alfonso is fully bilingual (English/Spanish,) and has twenty-three years of experience in the Mental health and Public Health fields. She has a Masters in Science in Clinical Psychology from Havana University and completed educational requirements for licensure in Florida International University. Her areas of expertise include Post traumatic stress and Trauma resolution; Health support associated with HIV/AIDS/STI (from Prevention to Mental health with emphasis in Psycho Immunology); Communication; Couples’ relationships; Sexuality; Substance Abuse; Acculturation; Lost and grieving; and Co-Parenting. Mrs. Alfonso has worked with the Florida Department of Health, Care Resources, South Florida AIDS Network, the DC Department of Health and La Clinica del Pueblo in DC.
Maria Evelin Sejas
Data Specialist & Community Health Worker
Maria Evelin Sejas is a recent graduate from Marymount University with a bachelor in Psychology. As a Ryan White Program Intern, Maria assists in the coordination of the weekly NovaSalud, Inc., Mental Health Support Group for individuals living with HIV/Aids, provides administrative and operational duties for the Organization, and will begin testing clients both in English and Spanish.
HIV & STD Prevention Counselor
Arturo Hill is our new intern from the Department of Health in DC. He’ll not only be testing our clients, and joining us in many upcoming events. He will soon be working with his local public health organizations, to extend our service to the Hispanic and LGBTQ population in Alexandria.