Studds Award

Douglas M. Brooks

Fenway Health is proud to present White House Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy Douglas M. Brooks, MSW with the Congressman Gerry. E. Studds Award. Brooks is being recognized for his years of tireless work in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Brooks serves as the President’s lead advisor on domestic HIV/AIDS and is responsible for overseeing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and guiding the Administration’s HIV/AIDS policies across Federal agencies.

The Congressman Gerry E. Studds Award is given at The Men’s Event to honor individuals of integrity and selflessness who embody the spirit of service and provide positive leadership for the LGBT community. Congressman Studds represented southeastern Massachusetts in the U.S. Congress from 1973 to 1997 and became the first openly gay Member of Congress in 1983 when he proudly acknowledged his sexual orientation standing on the congressional floor. The Congressman Gerry E. Studds Award is given at each year’s Men’s Event in honor and memory of Studds, who passed away in October 2006.

Brooks’ career in AIDS advocacy began in 1992 with his work for the Provincetown AIDS Support Group. He went on to become the Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI), a regional health and human service agency with a range of residential and community-based services in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. He also previously served as Executive Director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, which is now part of Fenway Health.

Brooks has been a part of the management of several federally funded projects, including Ryan White programs for adolescents, CDC Prevention for African American/Black youth, and a HRSA and HOPWA Special Project of National Significance (SPNS). For twelve years he represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as part of the Massachusetts-South Africa Health Task Force.

He was a Visiting Fellow at the McCormack School Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of AIDS United in Washington, DC. In 2010, Douglas was appointed to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and subsequently named that body’s liaison to the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee.

The Men’s Event will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The Men’s Event is a black-tie fundraiser for Fenway Health that brings together more than 1,300 gay, transgender and bisexual men and their friends and supporters for a night of dinner and dancing. This year’s event is made possible thanks to the hard work of event chairs Ryan Gosser, Stephen Martyak, and Raul G. Medina, as well as the support of our generous corporate sponsors. More information is available at