Drew Hawkinson aims to connect with, and empower communities, mobilize around social determinants of health, and tackle complex health disparities. He integrates theoretical framework with practical experience in his approach to develop and implement human-centered interventions at the crossroads of health equity, human rights, and social justice.
Drew’s background is in the intersection of HIV prevention, substance use disorders, mental health, and LGBTQ+ health. He has strong experience with protocol development, data collection and analysis, and data management and presentation. Through his work as an intern and volunteer for various LGBTQ+ nonprofit organizations, he has gained valuable experience in community outreach and organizing.
Drew has supported research, data collection, and facilitation of strategic planning and evaluations for state agencies and nonprofit organizations focused on advancing health equity and ensuring program sustainability. Drew has also played a key role in helping state and local public health entities develop and implement COVID-19 response plans and address other public health issues, such chronic illness and substance use, through systems and community-based interventions.
Before joining HMA, he worked at various academic research centers on grant-funded studies assessing syndemic health conditions and HIV prevention among men who have sex with men. In these roles, he managed community engagement and study recruitment and led qualitative data collection, analysis, report writing, and presentation.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in public health from Brown University. Outside of work, Drew is an avid foodie and theatre fan – he loves trying new restaurants and keeping up with the latest local and professional shows.