Breanne Lievense

Program Manager: Research Engagement

Breanne is a Program Manager at AVAC where she manages the Coalition to Accelerate and Support Prevention Research (CASPR). In this role, Breanne provides technical and operational support to achieve the Coalition’s goal of creating a sustainable African-centered network to accelerate HIV prevention research and equitable access to HIV prevention products. Breanne is leading work on the inclusion of pregnant and lactating people (PLP) in research, gender and vaccine confidence. Since joining AVAC, Breanne has supported the Coalition’s growth from ten to thirteen partner organizations and was instrumental to the development of the Action Plan for Advancing HIV Prevention Research in PLP.

Prior to joining AVAC, Breanne was pursuing her Master of Public Health at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill where she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Global Public Health. While at UNC, she served as Refugee Health Initiative Co-Director, spearheading a program to address chronic health needs of local refugees. She also co-led the Honduran Health Alliance, overseeing a team of 19 physicians and medical students to provide reproductive health services and education to more than 400 women in rural Honduras.

Breanne joined AVAC in 2018, bringing experience in health education and community engagement. Breanne is a nature enthusiast who loves exploring new places and cultures.