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Who is Dr. Lisa LaCon?

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Hampton University, Dr. Lisa LaCon began working with individuals who were infected, as well as affected with HIV/AIDS. While working with this population, she was instrumental in developing and implementing educational health programs that assisted in the increase in the level of awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS. This work led her to conduct presentations throughout New York State and City prisons, shelters, and community health centers.

 

Dr. LaCon also has a master’s degree from Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey in Rehabilitation Counseling. She then sat and passed her Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) examination to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). She later earned her doctorate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Rutgers University, whereas she is the first Black to earn this accomplishment.

 

As the Co-Founder and Director of BLESSED Ministries, Inc. (BMI), a non-profit workforce development organization, Dr. LaCon has secured grant awards exceeding $9.5 million from the New Jersey Department of Labor, the New Jersey State Parole Board, the Division of Family Development, Investors Foundation (Bank), The Kessler Foundation, and the Rapoport Foundation.

 

She has conducted presentations with Integrity House, one of the largest non-profit substance use disorder treatment facilities in New Jersey; students from Rutgers Law School, social work and rehabilitation counseling programs at Rutgers, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.

 

She is currently an active Board member of Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services, a non-profit organization servicing more than 4,000 people each year in crisis intervention programs, psychiatric screening, day rehabilitation programs, and housing.

Her areas of specialty include working in the urban community with clients who have addictions, working with the re-entry population, and those diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities through a psychiatric rehabilitation approach in assisting them on their wellness and recovery journey to wholeness. In addition, she is an active member in her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

 

From Washington D.C. to here! This is Dr. Lisa LaCon welcoming you to the Urban Suite on the Urban Tools For Change channel.

 

On your mark! Get set! Grow!

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