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Lutheran Welcomes New Director of HIV Network Services

Manel Silva, M.D., MPH, is the Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC) medical director of HIV Network Services in Brooklyn, NY. In her new role, Dr. Silva is responsible for growing LFHC's HIV programs as well as providing leadership in LGBTQ care. She joins LFHC from Callen-Lorde where she was clinical director of the Health Outreach to Teens program, specializing in HIV and transgender care for adults and adolescents. Dr. Silva is a well-known speaker and advocate in a number of civil, health and human rights issues including: youth development, social medicine cultural competence, public health access, HIV, domestic violence, gender issues and sex education.

In 2006, Dr. Silva founded TruthAIDS, a nonprofit agency in New York, to address the causes of HIV transmission and also served as an advocate in HIV care among young women of color in the Bronx. In 2009, Dr. Silva founded and was appointed as director for the National Physicians Alliance for New York which creates research and education programs to foster active engagement of physicians with their communities to achieve high quality, affordable health care for all.

Dr. Silva is board certified in internal and adolescent medicine and she earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia, where she also founded the college's first chapter of American Medical Women's Organization. She completed her internal medicine residency at Montefiore's Social Medicine Program and her adolescent fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Silva has a master's degree in public health, with a focus on international health and an emphasis in community health education, from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology, and a bachelor's degree in development studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

She is extremely active in community issues and health access and has served with the Westchester County Department of Corrections providing primary care and emergency services to incarcerated patients, the Children's Aid Society of New York where she provided primary care services to adolescent patients in the Bronx and Harlem, and the Connect to Protect project in the Bronx, helping to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among young women of color.

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The Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), based in Sunset Park, is a federally qualified community-based ambulatory health care system affiliated with Lutheran HealthCare. LFHC is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. Governed by the Lutheran Family Health Centers' Board of Trustees, LFHC is one of the largest health center networks in the country serving as southwest Brooklyn's medical home for more than 45 years. With nine full-time community health centers, 29 school-based health centers and community programs, including three WIC programs, adult and family literacy programs, three child care centers and a family wellness center, the network is the primary medical provider for more than 100,000 people providing nearly 700,000 patient visits per year. Learn more at and visit for nine ways to connect with Lutheran on social media.

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