OAR Director Wins Esperanza/Hope Award

Goodenow at awards ceremony podium

Dr. Maureen Goodenow, NIH associate director for AIDS research and director of the Office of AIDS Research, at awards ceremony

Dr. Maureen Goodenow, NIH associate director for AIDS research and director of the Office of AIDS Research, received the 2019 Esperanza (Hope) Award from the Latino Commission on AIDS on June 7 in New York City.

The commission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing HIV and AIDS in the Latino community, created the Esperanza Award to honor leaders and influencers who make significant contributions to medical research and the fight to stop the HIV epidemic in the United States. 

Goodenow joined NIH in 2016 and leads OAR in coordinating the HIV/AIDS research agenda across NIH. Before her tenure here, she was involved in international AIDS efforts as acting director of the Office for Research and Science within the U.S. Department of State, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Office of Global Health Diplomacy. 

As a firm believer in investing in the next generation of scientists, Goodenow has trained more than 50 doctoral and postdoctoral fellows. She also supports the notion that ending the HIV epidemic should be a common goal in partnership with HHS/NIH, community leaders and influencers and other stakeholders and partner organizations such as the Latino Commission on AIDS that reach into their communities and can address their unique challenges in preventing and responding to the HIV epidemic across the nation.