We are pleased to announce that Dwayne Steward is our new Director of Community Affairs for The Fenway Institute.
In this role, Dwayne will be creating and implementing a robust Community Engagement plan with local, national and international stakeholders who engage with the research, training, education and policy division of The Institute. He will be instrumental in working with the entire Institute to support setting an agenda and guide a strategic plan for external partnerships and internal collaborations across the organization.
Dwayne came to Fenway Health from his hometown in Ohio in May 2015. As the Manager of Community Engagement for our NIH funded biomedical studies, Dwayne was instrumental in expanding the reach of our work into target communities to spread the word of the biomedical research being done at Fenway and nationally in the arena of HIV Prevention. Dwayne quickly became a pillar in the community, not only as an outspoken advocate for LGBT empowerment, HIV Prevention and research, but also as a noted leader addressing racial and ethnic diversity in the communities inside and outside of Fenway.
In January 2016, Dwayne saw a synergy in the work being done by the prevention team at AIDS Action Committee and the recruitment team at The Fenway Institute. He strategically worked with both organizations to create a role that would benefit both the funded research and prevention outreach by creating efficiencies among the two programs. He soon started splitting his time between Institute clinical research site and the AAC prevention team as the Manager of Community Engagement and Prevention.
Dwayne is now returning full time to The Fenway Institute in this new role. He will continue to work closely with the national and local leadership of the NIH funded HIV Prevention research, and will also be working across The Institute to continue to share the amazing work being done here with our entire community.
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