Patient Leader

Kneeshe Parkinson is a motivational speaker, Certified Life Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, Activist, and Founder of KneesheSpeaksSTL~2018. She is an active member of the Positive Women’s Network USA-Missouri State Lead. As an active member, she was invited by Dr. Laura Cheever Deputy Associate Administrator and the Chief Medical Officer of the HIV/AIDS Bureau at Health Resources and Services Administration “Catalyzing Success: Advancing Innovation, Leverage Data, Ending the HIV Epidemic” for people fighting against the disease of HIV. In addition, she attended a luncheon hosted by the Mind, Body, and Spirit with Saint Louis County Health Department for National HIV/AIDS Aging & Awareness Day. Kneeshe was selected to receive the HIV 50 + Scholarship to attend the United States Conference on AIDS 2018 in Orlando, Florida along with being a part of the Host Committee. Kneeshe continues to educate herself to help others pull through adverse situations. She graduated with her Bachelors in Liberal Studies with emphasis on sociology, psychology and gender studies May 2019. In addition, she received her Associate’s degree in Human Services from Saint Louis Community was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Kneeshe has been a Consumer Liaison in her region working countless hours over the last 24 months on Quality Improvement efforts for PLWHA alongside the Missouri Statewide Quality Management Team in collaboration with H4C Continuum Collaborative spearheaded by the National Quality Center. Kneeshe recently was inducted into the 2020 Leading Women's Society in October 2017 Society by SisterLove, an organization dedicated to eradicating “the impact of HIV and sexual and reproductive oppression upon all women.” She is a passionate advocate for pregnant women with HIV. In addition to being a PWN policy fellow, she is the PWN State Lead for Missouri, were she was named PWN Shero of the Month for October 2018, and is a fierce advocate.


Saint Louis, MO


Lifetime Achievement

She has been in the HIV trenches for half her life and is described as a “bad-ass leader.” An HIV specialist and a certified health coach, she helps educate her community about HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, harm reduction, treatment adherence, and addressing stigma. She recently had an opportunity to be a plenary speaker for the HRSA.  — Alecia

Kneeandshe has been involved and influenced in several HIV/AIDS forums: * PWN-USA Policy Fellowship/Practicum Fellow 2018-2019 * Act UP! Turning Narrative into Initiative -USCA 2018, Youth & Young Adult Lounge * Consumer Liaison for the Missouri Statewide Quality Management Response Team * Collaborated with various organization  — Dana


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