PWN-USA-Colorado (PWN-CO) is honored to join PWN-USA as an official affiliated organization. We mean business and we mean to change the world. PWN-USA will give us the support, tools and mentorship to make advocacy for women in the state of Colorado a reality.
Messages From Officers
Kari Hartel, Co-Chair
Kari Hartel was infected with HIV in 2003 and the last 11 years living with HIV have been an amazing journey. Kari works for the Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program, known as CHiP, in Aurora, Colo. She is a Client Advocate and Retention Specialist helping women, youth, infants and children (along with their identified families) navigate medical care, support services and any other needs that arise and will help them feel supported, strong and assist in retention in care. Along with her role in the CHiP clinic, Kari also does a great deal of outreach in the community to educate people on realities of HIV/AIDS, and empower others to stop stigma and discrimination.
She is an advocate and activist at heart and is very passionate about social justice. Kari is driven to community activism by a strong sense of civic responsibility, a belief that health care is a basic human right and an ideal that equity and justice should be possible for everyone regardless of socio-economics. She believes that we should always be mentoring those who haven’t found their voice, and step in to be a voice for the voiceless whenever needed.
She is a current Denver HIV Resources Part A Planning Council Chair, and chairs a number of other community and consumer advisory boards. She is also the mother of a very precocious 7-year-old little girl who takes up most of her free time. Kari is very excited to take on this new role as a chair of PWN-USA-Colorado and looks forward to working with all the amazing ladies who are part of PWN (-USA and -USA-Colorado) in an effort to create a point of view in the poz community that is inclusive and representative of women living with HIV as we create policy and change that empowers the entire HIV+ community.