Kneeshe Parkinson

Saint Louis, Missouri

Kneeshe has provided meaningful involvement to the Saint Louis and global community for over 20 years, working in the field of social work on housing, homeless and high-risk populations. She has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from University of Missouri Saint Louis and now works with individuals that are newly diagnosed, newly taking HIV medications, and/or struggling with adherence & long-term survivors.

Kneeshe is currently part of steering committee for Fast Track Cities – St. Louis to help end the HIV epidemic; working with a peer-based model for Lost to Care/Treatment Adherence Program; the Washington University School of Medicine –Project ARK; on the steering committee for Positive Perspective Study with ViiV Pharmaceutical; an ICW North America Board Co-Chair; and the Missouri State Lead for PWN-MO/KCMO USA in her region; and working with Center for Quality Improvement & Innovation (CQII) ECHO Project collaborative for Black African-American & Latina women.

Kneeshe was inducted into the 2020 Leading Women’s Society in October 2017. She had been named #12 of 25 Most Amazing Positive Person Living with HIV for 2019 in the HIV Plus Magazine.

“My reason why I am passionately working with women living with HIV is empowerment, values, and reducing stigma for the voiceless.”