JHF Welcomes New AIDS Free Pittsburgh Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator
Hazell Azzer Carpenter-Saunders has joined the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) as the AIDS Free Pittsburgh community outreach and engagement coordinator for the HIV/AIDS Team. In his role, he develops ongoing community engagement opportunities and coordinates activities designed to increase access to medical and non-medical HIV services in southwestern Pennsylvania. He is an activist for youth who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community and youth who have graduated out of the foster care system and has volunteered at various LGBTQIA+ centers, gaining an extensive knowledge of different providers, drop-in spaces, and clinicians in the Pittsburgh area. During his time in foster care, he sat on many panels across the state speaking about the various disconnects between the system providers and clients being affected by those decisions. He recently graduated from Edinboro University with a bachelor's degree in Strategic Communications and is a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard.