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Antigone Barton

Antigone Barton

Writer & Editor

Antigone Barton is the writer and editor of Science Speaks, and  editorial director of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. A 2011 Nieman Journalism fellow at Harvard, Antigone worked in Africa from 2009 to 2010 supporting Zambian journalists as a Knight Health Journalism Fellow for the International Center for Journalists and helped journalists  establish the first dedicated health reporting beat at a major daily newspaper in Zambia. For 10 years Antigone was a newspaper reporter and editor in South Florida, where she covered health, criminal justice and social services. She was awarded a World Affairs Journalism Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists in 2007 to cover the U.S. response to the HIV epidemic in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and her reporting on Palm Beach County’s AIDS epidemic was recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists. Her work also has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with its Sigma Delta Chi award for deadline reporting, and by the Florida Press Club. A native New Yorker, Antigone spent a decade teaching in New York and Virginia public schools before starting her journalism career. Contact her at abarton@idsociety.org.

Rabita Aziz

Rabita Aziz

Writer, Policy & Budget Issues

Rabita Aziz covers policy and budget issues as well as global health events around DC and global health conferences for Science Speaks and is Senior Specialist in Global Health Policy for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She represents IDSA on global health issues, including HIV, tuberculosis, and global health security. She became interested in global health after volunteering with a public health NGO that served the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She studied international affairs and political science at the George Washington University, and earned her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in global health from George Washington University. Contact her at raziz@idsociety.org

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Andrea Weddle

HIVMA Executive Director

Andrea Weddle is the executive director of the HIV Medicine Association, which provides a professional home and advocacy voice within the Infectious Diseases Society of America for HIV medical providers and researchers who primarily practice in the U.S. As executive director, she oversees the association’s education, membership and policy and advocacy activities. She has extensive experience in health care financing with a focus on Medicaid, the Ryan White HIV Program and the Affordable Care Act. Andrea has a Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Contact her at aweddle@hivma.org

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Amanda Jezek

IDSA Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations

Amanda Jezek is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations at the Infectious Diseases Society of America, overseeing IDSA’s public policy and government relations department. Amanda has been with IDSA since 2011, previously serving as IDSA’s Government Relations Director. Prior to joining IDSA, Amanda was the Deputy Director for Federal Affairs at the March of Dimes Foundation, where she led the March of Dimes’ policy development and lobbying efforts on all issues related to access to healthcare for women of childbearing age, infants, and children, including the Foundation’s work on the Affordable Care Act. Amanda also lobbied for Mental Health America, and worked as a legislative assistant and press secretary for U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA). Amanda holds a B.A. in Political Science from Dartmouth College. Contact her at ajezek@idsociety.org

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