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Rabita Aziz

Rabita Aziz

Writer, Editor

Rabita Aziz covers global and public health for Science Speaks and is Associate Advocacy Director 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 civil society organization that served the unplanned settlements 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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