Charity Akhidenor (FORHP)

Charity Akhidenor

Charity Akhidenor graduated from George Washington University with a Master of Public Health degree and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Studies from the University of Washington. While at the CDC, Charity worked as a public health advisor for the Virginia Department of Health in Staunton developing and implementing the opioid overdose and naloxone distribution program for the Central Shenandoah Health District which included five cities and five counties serving 293,000 citizens. She also led the community Narcan trainings as part of Virginia’s REVIVE!, an Opioid and Naloxone Education (ONE) program, where she managed and coordinated all REVIVE! training and Narcan requests as well analyzed opioid overdose data to support prevention strategies. Charity also served as an operations coordinator for the CDC’s Chief of Staff COVID-19 Response Team overseeing administrative operations for the team and processing CDC personnel into the CDC responder database. Prior to her work with the CDC, Charity worked with Washington D.C.,’s SOUL Youth Development Organization, a nonprofit organization that connects high school-aged youth who are involved in sports to diverse opportunities that build the life skills needed to succeed in academics and careers. She has also served as a peer educator at the University of Washington’s Recreation & Wellness Center.