Michele Dorsainvil is a research public health analyst at RTI, where she specializes in health communication, program design, and training facilitation. She has led studies focusing on HIV, sexual health, sexual assault, and alcohol and drug use prevention. Ms. Dorsainvil conducts her work through qualitative interviews and focus groups, and she also develops communication material for digital platforms.
Since arriving to RTI in 2021, Ms. Dorsainvil’s projects include translating a previously existing curriculum developed for the U.S. Air Force to a web-based platform. The curriculum was six hours of classroom and tablet-based instruction for sexual assault prevention. The project lays the groundwork for future adaptation and integration of evidence-based, tailored sexual assault and alcohol misuse prevention in military settings.
Ms. Dorsainvil also works on a qualitative evaluation of the Outreach, Screening, Assessment, and Referral (OSAR) programs in Texas. Her evaluation assesses OSAR’s services and how they work with other state and regional organizations. Ms. Dorsainvil’s approach investigates what resources OSAR needs to enhance service provision for those at risk of opioid use disorder and overdose. In addition, she analyzes the Connecting Kids to Coverage (CKC) project funded by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where she monitors grantees’ performance and program implementation.
Ms. Dorsainvil serves as a technical assistant conference planner for the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Adolescent Pregnancy grantees. She also is a technical assistant for post-opioid overdose outreach and follow-up programs.
Before joining RTI, Ms. Dorsainvil was a capacity building assistance provider for the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), where she provided technical assistance and delivered national training for reduction of HIV infection and improve outcomes for people living with HIV. Her role focused on the national expansion of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in HIV prevention, which happened shortly after its FDA approval. She was a trainer manager for New York City’s Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS. She also led implementation of new health education and risk reduction service category funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA).
Ms. Dorsainvil has experience in higher education, having served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Tennessee and Long Island University. She is a certified health education specialist, e-learning specialist, and training director. She is a Black Ladies in Public Health ambassador as well.