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SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Health Center
STAR Health Center (SHC)
Lori Hurley, LMSW, MPH
As Care Coordination Program Manager, Lori Hurley directs the activities of this field-based Medical Case Management program, which is designed to re-engage lost-to-follow up patients living with HIV disease into consistent medical care and self-directed health promotion activities.Ms. Hurley began her work at STAR as a behavioral health counselor. Most recently she has served as an adjunct professor at Adelphi School of Social Work, and a faculty advisor at Fordham Graduate School of Social Service where she is currently a PhD candidate.
Maria Adamson, BA
Maria Adamson joined the STAR Program’s medical case management care coordination team as a Patient Navigator in April 2012. Ms. Adamson has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the College of New Rochelle. She has five years of case management experience with the Human Resources Administration’s Begin Employment, Gain Independence Now (BEGIN) Program and over ten years experience in administrative support and data entry.
Natalie Berrette joined the STAR Program’s medical case management care coordination team as a patient navigator. Ms. Berrette focused on domestic violence issues during her mental health and human services studies at Kingsborough Community College. Most recently she worked as a counselor for homeless women with substance use disorders at VIP Community Services, where her duties included assisting clients with medication adherence.
Torcia Darden is a Patient Navigator with the Care Coordination team. Ms. Darden, a graduate of Boricua College, joined STAR with substantial human service experience. She previously worked with the ACS Program of the Women's Prison Association, Inc. She also conducted outreach to people experiencing homelessness for Common Ground's Street to Home initiative.
Cassandra Hyacinthe, BS
Cassandra Hyacinthe joined the STAR Program's medical case management care coordination team as a Patient Navigator in April 2012. Ms. Hyacinthe has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from York College. She has internship experience with the Child Center of New York and at the AIDS Center of Queens County, Inc., where she worked with teens on HIV and STD prevention.
Tyler Martinson is a Patient Navigator who, prior to joining STAR, focused his interest in health access among marginalized communities as a Fulbright Student researcher, investigating HIV/AIDS in Rabat, Morocco. He conducted ethnographic and clinical interviews with trans-Saharan migrants of irregular status to improve their understanding of the risk of infection and broaden their access to treatment and healthcare services, assessing patient needs and identifying barriers to service attainment.
Sanna Moore, LMSW
Sanna A. Moore, LMSW, joined the STAR Health Center’s Care Coordination Program in 2010. Ms. Moore is a licensed Master Social Worker who has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS since 1995 providing services to individuals and families. She has worked for various organizations as a HIV family case manager, HIV treatment adherence counselor, HIV prevention program manager, HIV group facilitator and research assistant on a longitudinal HIV research study. She has also worked in Early Intervention as a service coordinator. She has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Hunter College and an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College with a concentration in Health Care Policy and Mental Health.
Jenny Nedd joined the STAR Program's medical case management care coordination team as a Patient Navigator. She focused on homelessness, domestic violence and mental health issues during her studies at Long Island University. Most recently she worked as a Supportive Case Manager with adults with Axis 1 diagnoses at PCMH.
Nevin Rao joined the Care Coordination team as a patient navigator in August 2013. Mr. Rao is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and is trained in motivational interviewing. His past experience includes community outreach and engagement into HIV testing and care for high risk populations in the San Francisco Bay area through a SAMHSA funded program.
Laurie Sadofsky, BA
Laurie Sadofsky joined the STAR Program as a Patient Navigator with the Care Coordination Program in 2010. She became a Care Coordinator in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from SUNY Geneseo. In high school, Laurie was an adolescent HIV educator. In college, she participated in FACE AIDS, which creates awareness about and raises funds for people living with HIV in Africa.