Durrell Fox, BS, CHW
MAI-NEHEC Project Director
New England AIDS Education and Training Center at Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW)
 
Durrell is employed by the New England HIV Education Consortium (NEHEC) at the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC), a UMASS Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine (CWM) program based at the Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR).

A Community Health Worker (CHW) with over 22 years of experience, he worked at Children’s Hospital Boston with adolescents/young adults living with or at risk for HIV. The early 90’s were spent mainly at a Martha Eliot Health Center, a Children’s Hospital affiliate. The mid 90’s through July 2011 were with the Boston HAPPENS program as Outreach and Services Coordinator and as Community Liaison. In his CHW role, Durrell has provided direct care, HIV counseling-testing, support group facilitation, outreach to, advocacy and case management support for HIV+ and at risk adolescents. He also worked for 10 years as a street outreach worker/CHW for the Boston Street Youth Outreach Program and drop in center, a project of JRI Health and Children’s Hospital. During those 10 years he spent the majority of his time providing evening and nighttime street outreach in downtown Boston, at a downtown Boston youth drop-in center and in surrounding communities/housing developments. Durrell continues his CHW role leading efforts to develop statewide certification for CHWs in Massachusetts and staying involved in outreach to youth for several programs.

He has been with NEHEC, a HRSA Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) special capacity building funded project, for 15 years. His duties include coordinating a regional consortium of agencies (within the six New England states) that provide HIV related training, technical assistance and capacity building programs developed for clinical providers and also for the full spectrum of HIV care and service providers throughout the region.

Durrell is involved in many community based initiatives related to HIV/AIDS; CHWs; adolescents/young adults; and eliminating health and healthcare disparities. He is one of the founding members of the Massachusetts Association of CHWs (MACHW), the CHW Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Association of CHWs (AACHW), the New England CHW Coalition, the New England Regional Minority Health Coalition and Conference planning group, and the newly formed Heterosexual Men of Color Coalition (HMOCC). In 2011 he was appointed to the US Office of Minority Health Region I Health Equity Council. He is a member of the APHA state affiliate, Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) Board of Directors (2006-2012), and has served in many roles within APHA including as a member of the Awards Committee (2006-2007), Joint Policy Committee (2008-2010), Action Board (2007-2014) and Executive Board (appointed 2009-2010; elected 2011-2015).

During the past 22 years he has done over 100 presentations at conferences/workshops across the US and also in Canada and South Africa. He has four children (ages: Darnell-33; Dallas-25; Andrea-21; and Daysia-16), one grandchild (Taya Marie age 3) and he volunteers for several youth and community programs including 18 years at the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self Development, a Saturday program operated by Concerned Black Men of MA.

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