Beldina Opiyo

Beldina Opiyo

Beldina Opiyo-Omolo, MPH, CHES, CMEP
Beldina has directed AVFP since its inception in 2005 in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission. Beldina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health and a Masters in Public Health both from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience in Public Health and Community Development, having worked for more than 6 years as a Public Health Specialist for Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI) Kisumu. This job entailed the support of the administration of the City of Kisumu, the Kisumu County government and countless local and international partners in expanding and strengthening public health support for the City of Kisumu. She was responsible for carrying out research on public health needs and facilitated direct interventions in public health and gender through the establishment of committees, financial and entrepreneurial training of women in some of the city’s informal settlements with the establishment of community savings groups. Other responsibilities included working in selected informal settlement study sites to improve community infrastructure, livelihood opportunities and access to and the quality of health, education and water/sanitation services.

Prior to joining MCI – Kisumu, Beldina worked as a Program Manager for an NGO in Bethlehem, PA, where she helped create a regional system of HIV/AIDS-related prevention, care and housing to provide a continuum of HIV-related services in a six-county region in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She also worked with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; the Sussex County Department of Health – Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program, in Sussex County, NJ; the Pennsylvania Department of Health in Harrisburg, PA; and at East Stroudsburg University as an Adjunct Faculty of Health.

As Director of AVFP, Beldina handles operations and strategic planning to ensure that AVFP successfully fulfills its mission into the future. She also makes sure that there is ongoing program excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration needed to achieve the organization’s goals.

Beldina is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.; American Red Cross Certified CPR/First Aid/Disaster Preparedness and HIV/AIDS Instructor; and a Certified Monitoring & Evaluation Professional. She has also been a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Educators since 2000. Beldina is a mother of two.