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Dr. Alycia Dickens Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in HIV/AIDS Care

Dr. Alycia Thompson Dickens was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, the premier publisher of biographical profiles.

Dr. Dickens is a recognized community leader in the fields of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. She worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner with an HIV Specialty at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in the Infectious Disease Clinic for 17 years.

EVMS is the largest Ryan White provider in the Hampton Roads area with 8 satellite clinic sites and more than 4,000 patients. She has also worked as the Infectious Disease Nurse Practitioner and Liver Transplant Coordinator at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, Virginia for more than 11 years. Dr. Dickens celebrates many years’ experience in her professional network and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, credentials, conference presentations and the success she has accrued in her field.

Leveraging her 20 years of expertise as a Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Dickens is currently employed at CAN Community Health Care, a Non-Profit organization partnered with the LGBT Life Center in providing HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and Primary Care Services in Norfolk, Virginia. Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, CAN Community Health is devoted to enhancing public awareness and providing a continuum of medical, social and educational services essential to the health and well-being of those living with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Dr. Alycia Thompson Dickens earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Duke University in 2012. She also earned her Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia in 1995 and 1998 consecutively. She is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia.

Since embarking upon her career in health care, Dr. Dickens lends her voice to the issues of racism, sexism and discrimination that still exist and persist with patients trying to access HIV healthcare services. Her presentations often highlight barriers in accessing high quality sexual, reproductive, HIV Prevention and primary health care services. Moreover, she has given multiple presentations at the local, state, national and international level on various topics related to HIV/AIDS.

One of her most memorable experiences was speaking at the 2nd Annual Nursing Science Conference in London, England. She presented her doctoral research project on communication techniques used for HIV patients with low health literacy. Other notable presentations include speaking at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) Conference in Denver, Colorado with a presentation entitled, “Saving Our Queens” which discussed African American Women and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP) in November 2018. She also presented the keynote address entitled, “Reflecting on Value, Legacy and Fighting for the Poor as an NP in an HIV Clinic” on behalf of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Delta Iota Chapter’s Induction Ceremony at Hampton University in 2017.

Dr. Dickens is a charter member and the current President of The First Virginia Chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDSCARE (ANAC) in Norfolk, Virginia. She has also been a Primary Care Medical Consultant for the Ryan White Part B Quality Management Team at Virginia Commonwealth University for more than 10 years.

Dr. Dickens is a true advocate for the poor and working-class people and is genuinely concerned with their overwhelming challenges of day-to-day living. She is intentional about prioritizing care and dignity in health care delivery. Dr. Dickens is a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and has published articles in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice and most recently in the online journal, Communication, Society and Media. As a celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Dickens has been included in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

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