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Akeshia Johnson Smothers

Austin Public Health | HIV/STI Services Program Manager II

Akeshia Johnson Smothers is no stranger to the Sexual Health field, having spent over 20 years in this field serving in various roles (in both Louisiana and Texas); as an Outreach Worker, Peer Educator, HIV Counselor and Tester, Disease Intervention Specialist, PHFU Supervisor, PHFU Program Consultant, Trainer, HIV/STI Program Manager and Planning Council Member, has provided her with a wealth of experience as it pertains to HIV/STIs, community engagement, staff and grant management, etc.

Akeshia began her HIV/STI career as a teenager in New Orleans, La when she was personally impacted by the death of a close family member due to complication from AIDS. That moment in time, set forth a path of education and advocacy in the fight against socio-economic difference that direct impact health outcomes.