Dr. Agroia is a well-rounded leader in public health, with over a decade of experience in non-profit, higher education and government organizations. Her passion lies in improving quality of life and overall health outcomes among the most vulnerable populations, including children, youth & young adult, homeless, underserved and uninsured communities. Dr. Agroia has spent years working with other professionals in the field to develop models of care geared toward improving quality within existing infrastructures. She strives to not only improve the quality of care, but to look for ways through which many acute and chronic diseases can be prevented and how vulnerable populations can holistically live higher quality lives.
In her most recent experiences, Dr. Agroia worked within state and local level governments to lead government-funded programs designed to prevent and respond to various diseases This includes responding to federal RFPs and working collaboratively with program stakeholders to propose multi million-dollar funding proposals. This further includes conducting needs assessments, analyzing data, and examining current infrastructure to understand areas for program sustainability and growth. Dr. Agroia also has vast experience in program management, including overseeing large budgets funded through many different funding streams and creating sustainable staffing models. Dr. Agroia has experience working with federal partners such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). As such, she has sound knowledge of federal rules of regulations’ especially as they pertain to allowable and unallowable use of federal funding as well as subcontracting processes and serving as a pass-through entity to community-based organizations. Other recent experiences include developing Request for Proposal (RFP)s within the government system to solicit bids from community based organizations to both prevent and reduce substance use among the homeless population. Dr. Agroia enjoys working with others to design new public health programs, expand on existing programs, and utilizing evaluation data to inform this work.
Dr. Agroia also has vast previous experience working within community-based non-profit organizations. In addition to program planning and management within these organizations, Dr. Agroia has experience in policy advocacy and always looks for ways through which the community voice can be heard and represented to political stakeholders and within legislation. Working with other passionate advocates, she has had success in strengthening smoking and tobacco use policies to prevent addiction, and influencing proposed policies statewide and locally, as well as within existing public health programs. Dr. Agroia maintains a forward way of thinking to ensure that there are always opportunities to bridge the gap between past, present and future needs of the community, and to ensure that we, as public health professionals, can respond to those evolving needs effectively. Dr. Agroia currently serves as a Director on the Board of two non-profits focused on providing early childhood education in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Furthermore, Dr. Agroia serves as an Adjunct Professor of Public Health, which has provided her the opportunity to educate and train both undergraduate and college students in the areas of Health Program Planning, Cultural Competency, Research Methods and Data Analysis. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences to future leaders in public health.
Educationally, Dr. Agroia has achieved her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from Loma Linda University, her Master of Public Health (MPH) and is Certified in Public Health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. She is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Specialists. Finally, she has also received her Scrum Master (CSM) and Product Owner (CSPO) certifications through the Scrum Alliance, which provided her with additional insight and ability to incorporate agile project management methodologies within the public health arena as appropriate.
At HKA Partnerships, Dr. Agroia looks forward to working with other public health organizations who share her goal in addressing crucial public health needs within the community through strategic program planning, grant writing and health education.