Elected November 2011
Term Ending: November 2015
Durrell is the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) - New England HIV Education Consortium (NEHEC) Project Director at the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC), a UMASS Medical School program. Since 1999 he has coordinated a New England regional consortium that provides HIV related training, technical and capacity building assistance developed for the full spectrum of HIV care and service providers.
A Community Health Worker (CHW) with over 20 years experience he has worked at Children’s Hospital Boston with adolescents/young adults living with or at risk for HIV. In 1991 he became the Outreach and Services Coordinator at the Martha Eliot Health Center, a Children’s Hospital affiliate. In 1994 he shifted to a HRSA Demonstration project to serve as the Outreach and Services Coordinator and now as Community Liaison for the Boston HAPPENS (HIV Adolescent Provider and Peer Education Network for Services) Program. He has provided direct care, counseling-testing and support group facilitation and currently provides outreach to, advocacy and case management support for HIV+ and at risk adolescents.
Durrell is involved in community based initiatives related to HIV/AIDS; CHWs; youth and eliminating health disparities. He is one of the founding leadership members of the Massachusetts Association of CHWs (MACHW), the CHW Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Association of CHWs (AACHW) and the New England Regional Eliminating Health Disparities Coalition and Conference planning group. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) and on their Board of Directors 2006-2012. Durrell has served in many roles within APHA including on the Awards Committee 2006-2007, Action Board 2007-2012, Joint Policy Committee 2008-2010 and Executive Board 2009-2010. He is a member of the CHW Section (formerly SPIG) since 1994 serving as chair, program planning, policy and membership committee member.