DDPHE Blog: Philip Doyle Receives Prestigious HIV Excellence Award
Published on September 12, 2023
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is proud to share Philip Doyle, the program manager for the Denver HIV Resource Planning Council, is the recipient of the third annual Dr. Greenberg Excellence in HIV Award. Established in 2021 by 5280 Fast-Track Cities, the Dr. Ken Greenberg Award is given annually to an individual(s) who has demonstrated a substantial and lasting impact on HIV advocacy, research, prevention and/or treatment efforts in Colorado.
Philip’s commitment to advocacy and HIV work began in 2008 when he received his initial HIV diagnosis. Struggling with managing his physical and mental health, Philip relied heavily on community resources and his care team. “I really leaned on my care provider. I was not doing well,” explains Philip. “I was struggling with addiction and a new diagnosis and was not able to lift myself up. With the help of the Denver HIV community, I was able to make some big changes. I knew when I had the opportunity, I wanted to give back to the HIV community and providers and support staff who did so much for me.”
Philip was encouraged by his doctor to volunteer at the Denver Health HIV clinic, where he quickly climbed the ranks from volunteer to outreach worker to clinic administrator. Philip joined DDPHE in June of 2020 and continues the work so close to his heart: advocacy on behalf of people with HIV (PLHIV), combating stigma that continues to surround HIV and giving back to the community.
Philip serves as program manager for the Denver HIV Resources Planning Council, a mayoral-appointed board for the City and County of Denver under DDPHE. Along with other responsibilities, the Planning Council oversees the prioritization and allocation of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A Funds. These services benefit PLHIV and those affected by HIV in the Denver area by offering access to primary medical care, mental health services, dental care, substance use treatment, early intervention services, social support, food banks, and other essential services. Funds are distributed to community-based organizations, public health programs, and community health clinics and serve people who are low income or whose insurance does not cover their needs.
“It’s important PLHIV are involved in the process as our actual, day-to-day experiences help make the process more valuable and accessible to our community,” said Philip. “I’m grateful to do this work. Dr. Greenberg is a pillar in the HIV community through his service and advocacy and it’s an honor to receive an award in his name.”