Besthy Morales-Reid, MA, International Affairs
Director of Community Health Engagement
Hispanic Federation

Bethsy is the Director of Community Health Engagement at the Hispanic Federation. Ms. Morales-Reid leads the Latinos Unidos Contra el SIDA (LUCES) advocacy coalition, while also developing healthy living programs and health advocacy strategies that engage communities and their leaders. Prior to the Hispanic Federation, Ms. Morales-Reid led various programs within the Research and Evaluation Department, at the Latino Commission on AIDS. Bethsy is an experienced trainer/facilitator and has vast experience in working with non-traditional partners, type 2 diabetes, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, advocacy, program design and evaluation, curriculum development, coalition building and capacity building. Bethsy has also consulted for UNAIDS, Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Work, and the International Rescue Committee. Bethsy is a native New Yorker who received her BA in Political Science at Fordham University, and her MA in International Affairs at the New School University. Her studies have focused on the effect of conflict on human rights issues, specifically concerning refugees and public health. Ms. Morales-Reid has worked her entire professional life as a passionate advocate for social and economic justice, which is fundamental to combating societal barriers impacting public health in our various communities through public education, advocacy, and increased visibility.