Tanya Bender Henderson, PhD, MBA

Tanya Bender Henderson, PhD, MBA
Project Director, Balm in Gilead

Tanya Bender Henderson, PhD, MBA has more than 30 years of public health experience Tanya has nearly 20 years working with the faith community in HIV/AIDS education. She is a recent addition to AVAC’s inaugural CureROAR (Research, Outreach, Advocacy and Representation) Program.

Tanya serves as the Project Director of the Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative (SDFI), a program of the Balm in Gilead, an organization that builds and strengthens the capacity of faith communities in the United States and Internationally to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities among people of the Black Diaspora. 

Tanya is a fellow of the Black AIDS Institute African American HIV University (AAHU) Science and Treatment College (in partnership with the University of California at Los Angeles), and Community Mobilization College. She also serves as adjunct faculty in sexual health for Antiochi University of Seattle and University of Maryland School of Social Work. In addition, Tanya has developed a sexual health project called Sex.U.ology, to help normalize women’s conversations about sex toward positive health outcomes.