Bethsy is the Health Advocacy Manager 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. Prior to the Hispanic Federation, Ms. Morales-Reid led various programs within the Research and Evaluation Department, including National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day, at the Latino Commission on AIDS.
Bethsy has vast experience in working with communities of faith, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, healthy living, advocacy, program design and evaluation, coalition building and capacity building. She is an experienced trainer/facilitator and is a Lead Trainer for SISTA and Focus on Youth with IMPACT for the CDC’s Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) project. 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 of prejudice and discrimination in our various communities through public education, advocacy, and increased visibility.