Katherine Buchman
Director of Community Engagement and Special Projects, Tennessee Department of Health HIV Prevention program

Katherine Buchman is the Community Engagement and Special Projects Director for the HIV Prevention program at the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). In this role she oversees HIV prevention programs at TDH-funded community based organizations, including PrEP navigation and condom distribution programs at 15 sites across the state. She is also involved in a number of community-driven HIV Prevention activities in Tennessee, including oversight of regional HIV community planning groups, special task forces for same gender loving men and transgender individuals, and projects such as the Cultural Awareness Survey Program, which is a secret shopper program for health departments providing sexual health services. Katherine got her start in community engagement as a Peace Corps volunteer in Andilana Avarotra, Madagascar, where she served as a community health educator for two years. Additionally, she facilitated the launch of a weaver's cooperative business when she realized that health behaviors in Andilana were inextricably linked to the income of the community's women and girls, especially as pertained to sexual and reproductive health needs. Katherine has a BA from Boston University's University Professors program and an MPH and Certificate in LGBT Health and Wellness from the University of Pittsburgh, where she wrote her master's thesis on health care access for transgender Tennesseans. She is also a faithful Red Cross platelets donor, passionate amateur soap-maker, and doting aunt to her four nephews and nieces.