Drew Hawkinson aims to connect with communities to organize and mobilize around social determinants of health and health disparities. He integrates theory and practical study experience in his work 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 HIV prevention, substance use disorders, mental health, and social networks within the LGBTQ community. He has strong experience with protocol development, literature reviews, study recruitment, in-person interviewing, qualitative data analysis, and data management and presentation.
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 (CDC)-funded study to develop online HIV prevention materials targeting black and Hispanic men who have sex with men. He most recently served as a research assistant at the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) in New York University College of Global Public Health. Through his experience as a research assistant, intern, and volunteer for various nonprofit organizations related to LGBTQ rights, HIV prevention, and substance use, he has gained valuable experience in community outreach and organizing.
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 older and younger men who have sex with men.
Outside of work, Drew is an avid theatre fan and loves keeping up with the latest local and professional shows.