Drew Hawkinson aims to connect with, and empower, marginalized 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 intersection of health equity, human rights, and social justice.
A well-seasoned research assistant, Drew has worked on initiatives targeting the intersection of HIV prevention, substance use disorders, mental health, and LGBTQ+ health. He has strong experience with protocol development, literature reviews, study recruitment, qualitative data collection and analysis, and data management and presentation. Through his work as an intern and volunteer for various non-profit organizations, he has gained valuable experience in community outreach and organizing.
Before joining HMA, he served as research assistant at the Brown University School of Public Health, working on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded project to develop a website for black and Hispanic men who have sex with men about HIV prevention. In this role, he conducted a qualitative analysis of knowledge, perceptions, and barriers of preexposure prophylaxis among black and Hispanic men who have sex with men.
Most recently was a research assistant for the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies at New York University’s College of Global Public Health, for which he worked on a longitudinal study of syndemic health conditions among young men who have sex with men. For this study, Drew recruited and screened study participants and assessed their substance use, sexual activity, and engagement with health care services.
Drew was also a community events and programs intern for the Family Equality Council, now Family Equality, a national nonprofit promoting legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ families. In addition to supporting local and national LGBTQ+ rights campaigns, he helped organize and run programing for Family Week, the largest annual gathering of LGBTQ+ families in the world.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in public health from Brown University, for which he conducted an award-winning thesis project comparing HIV risk and prevention between younger and older men who have sex with men.
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