Akiba Drew brings public health, research and health education skills to HMA. With experience in providing evidence-based, community-informed approaches to reduce the burden of HIV, infant mortality, and injury, she has worked on many successful public health initiatives.
Prior to joining HMA, Akiba worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she provided technical assistance to various disparities programs and managed phases of a CMS Funding Opportunity. She is experienced in chronic and infectious disease prevention and has conducted risk-assessments and tested clients for HIV and HCV and provided prevention education. In addition, she has coordinated and implemented programs in hospitals, schools and public health settings including pathology tissue acquisition, clinical trial data, childhood safety outreach, and diabetes prevention.
Akiba has direct patient care experience in hospitals and skilled nursing care facilities as well as direct experience in communities that lack access to care. She has led several community outreach initiatives, and her passion lies with improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
Recently, Akiba conducted research to help The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Million Hearts leadership develop strategies to reduce cardiovascular disease disparities. This research included an extensive literature review, environmental scan, patient recruitment, qualitative data collection and analysis to support the initiative’s next five-year phase. She has also supported qualitive research at Johns Hopkins on infant mortality.
Akiba has a Master of Public Health from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in community and population health, and a bachelor’s degree in health science from Towson University. She is a certified health education specialist, certified nurse assistant, and certified HIV and Hep C educator and tester.