Aileen Edwards Harris has over 25 years of experience in the health professions education and health care workforce arena. Aileen served in various capacities in higher and medical education to include: working as a recruiter at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Graduate Studies; serving as the Director of Admissions & Minority Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine. In this capacity, she created the school’s first Minority Affairs Office where she was charged with diversifying the medical school class and retaining under-represented students. Other positions include working as the Assistant Dean in a newly developed Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College; and as the Assistant Director and Pre-Medical Advisor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before currently leading the Capital Area Health Education Center (Capital AHEC) in Richmond, Virginia, Aileen rejoined VCU to work as the Primary Care Strategies Health Workforce Programs Manager in the Office of Health Innovation while also consulting through her own business, AEH Advising Health Professions, LLC. Tremendous skillsets were also developed while serving as the Statewide Rural Health Manager and Statewide Health Workforce Incentives Program Manager at the Virginia Department of Health.
Aileen has been serving as the Executive Director for Capital AHEC for severn years now. Performing in this capacity has allowed her to join both her personal interest to mentor students and give back to her community with her professional expertise of “community engagement and establishing networks to advance health workforce development and creating and managing student and community programs.” She thoroughly enjoys working with students at all educational levels to assist in their health professions development, and strongly values long-term relationships. She Currently works with many medical professionals that she once matriculated into professional schools as students.
Aileen received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Human Services and her master’s degree from Central Michigan University in General Administration. Aileen enjoys community service and sharing her talents. Aileen lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Dr. Kevin Harris, and twins Kenedi and Kelsy.
Ms. Jaylin Brown is a Richmond native whose passions have always lied in helping people and are reflected through her music and performances. As a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Music and recent Director’s Assistant at All Saints Episcopal Church, Jaylin has organized and assisted in multiple musical events through coordination and correspondence. These include but are not limited to her 2019 recital series An Evening of Spirituals, the 120th Choir Anniversary Celebration at All Saints, and various solo performances along the east coast.
Growing up throughout her mother’s medical school experience and ultimately career was more than inspirational - Jaylin truly believed that anything was possible, regardless of her race. However, as she became an adult, the disparities within the healthcare system became much more apparent, igniting her sense of duty to bring high quality care to underserved communities in any way possible. Her voice has always been a means to speak against these inequities, but now, working with the Capital AHEC team, Jaylin is thrilled to be able to aid in generating real change.
As the Capital AHEC Programs Coordinator, Jaylin works as Mrs. Harris's "right hand man" in executing AHEC initiatives for the good of our community! To learn more about Jaylin and hear some of her music, click here!
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