As the HIV Transmission Reduction Coordinator for the Hawaii Department of Health’s Harm Reduction Services Branch (HRSB), Alexis Charpentier oversees HIV prevention, intervention, and care activities to diminish the number of new HIV transmissions in Hawaii. Her work involves managing, implementing, and evaluating essential activities that respond to Hawaii’s HIV care continuum, which measures the progressive steps necessary for a person living with HIV/AIDS to achieve viral suppression. Alexis’ passion to help others, especially traditionally marginalized groups, drives her to learn from and network with other public health champions, while standing up for those who have no voice—with the ultimate goal of reducing stigma, eliminating barriers to care, and advancing health equity for all.
She was part of a team that won the prestigious Governor’s Hawaii State Team of the Year for their work in addressing people who live with HIV/AIDS who have fallen out of HIV medical care. Alexis was also awarded a Bloomberg Fellowship in 2020.
Alexis received a BA from the University of Portland in Oregon and is an MPH candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellowship.
I want to support others who have no voice. I want to stand up and represent minorities who are traditionally stigmatized and defend their right to receive quality health care.