Hiv/Aids

Paul Groesbeck remembered as a leader in Hawaii’s battle against HIV & AIDS

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A man who dedicated years of his life to the fight against HIV & AIDS has died.

A dedicated leader and social advocate, Paul Groesbeck served as the Executive Director of the Life Foundation, known today as the Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center (H3RC).

H3RC announced Groesbeck’s passing Monday, honoring him for the 25 impactful years that he led the organization.

“Paul’s commitment to advocating for people living with HIV was unwavering, even during times when stigma surrounding the virus was pervasive and deeply entrenched. He was a fearless champion for the dignity of individuals living with HIV, challenging misconceptions and breaking down barriers with compassion and grace,” H3RC said.

The statement continued, “Under Paul’s guidance, Life Foundation became a safe haven for those in need, providing crucial services, resources, and a supportive community for individuals living with HIV. His legacy of compassion, empathy, and inclusivity will forever be ingrained in the fabric of our organization.”

Through his work with the foundation, he’s credited with helping thousands of HIV & AIDS patients over the years while expanding services, treatment, and prevention.

In 2017, he received the Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award for his remarkable work. The Department of Health said he collaborated with them on several legislative bills to modernize HIV laws and testing procedures.

Groesbeck also used his voice to advocate for equal rights and fair treatment of Hawaii’s LGBTQ+ community.

According to the DOH, other accolades he’s credited with include establishing Hawaii’s syringe exchange program, one of the nation’s first. He was also at the forefront of fundraising efforts, playing a significant role in the annual Honolulu AIDS Walk.

“As we mourn the loss of a beloved leader, mentor, and friend, we also celebrate Paul’s profound impact on the lives of countless individuals. His legacy will continue to inspire us as we carry forward his mission of compassion, advocacy, and support for all,” said Laarni Flores, Director of HIV services for HHHRC and longtime Life Foundation employee.

Details on his passing are unclear at this time.


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