CJ Tobe, MA
Director of Community Health and Sexual Wellness
C.J. Tobe is our Director of Community Health & Sexual Wellness. He's dedicated his career in community health to eliminating barriers and improving access to health care and social support services for those living with and/or at risk for HIV/STIs. C.J. joined DAP Health in 2015 as a medical case manager and has advanced through roles in clinic case management, prevention programs management, and community health program management.
In his current position, and as part of DAP Health’s Leadership Team, C.J. oversees the operations of our Sexual Wellness Clinics where clients can receive free HIV/STI testing/treatment, Rapid Start ART, and PrEP/PEP services. C.J.'s professional, academic, and life experience has motivated him to spearhead DAP Health’s expansion of sexual wellness services. Some of his innovations have included eliminating cost barriers, along with expanding the access to testing and linkage to care through licensing a mobile testing clinic and opening our second Sexual Wellness Clinic in Indio, the first two new sites to offer clinical services in nearly 40 years.
C.J. is also the Project Director at DAP Health for the HRSA Special Projects of National Significance Rapid Start ART initiative, one of 10 grant-funded implementation sites in the U.S. Other new services developed and implemented by C.J. include a California-certified, mobile harm-reduction program, a self-HIV testing program, a home delivery program, a Tracfone program, as well as a statewide virtual PrEP program through a partnership with MISTR.
Before joining DAP Health, C.J. worked as a Medical Case Manager and Prevention Services Coordinator for Colorado Health Network in Grand Junction. He helped broaden and manage a state-funded, legal syringe exchange program, and he expanded the men’s HIV prevention program. Thanks in part to his efforts, the MPower Colorado program expanded into three additional counties, raising public awareness about HIV prevention and linkage to care. This life-changing program was also integrated at Transcend, the area’s transgender, non-binary, and cross-dressing advocacy organization.
C.J.’s commitment to homeless advocacy grew as he served on the board of Grand Valley Peace & Justice, a social justice and support organization serving the Grand Junction, Colorado area. He furthered his efforts by serving on the board of Western Slope National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
C.J. holds a Bachelor of Arts, History from Arizona State University, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
He was born and raised in Ohio, but loves calling the Coachella Valley home. He believes health care is a human right, and his favorite thing about DAP Health is the organization’s history and how it continues to leverage its experience to respond to today's community needs.