HarborPath Appoints New Chair and Vice Chair to Board of Directors
Columbia, SC – January 20, 2015 HarborPath, an organization which provides a single point of access to HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C medications through patient assistance programs, has appointed Donna Sweet, MD, AAHIVS, MACP as Chair and Andrea Weddle, MSW, as Vice Chair of its Board of Directors.
“As healthcare professionals who serve individuals living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C, Donna and Andrea are ideal candidates to lead this period of growth for HarborPath as we expand our reach into more clinics and hospitals in states with high rates of infections,” said Ken Trogdon, Jr., President of HarborPath. “Both Donna and Andrea have been an asset to the Board for the past two years, and we look forward to their continued leadership and dedication to help us meet the medication needs of uninsured individuals.”
Dr. Sweet, a member of the HarborPath Board since 2012, is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. She is a Master in the American College of Physicians and a past Chair of the American College of Physicians Foundation Board, as well as Chair Emeritus of the American College of Physicians Board of Regents. Dr. Sweet is certified as an HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, of which she is the immediate past board Chair. She is a past Co-Chair of the CDC HRSA AIDS Advisory Council (CHAC) and is the current national Chair of the HealthHIV Board where she leads a national effort with HealthHIV to address the U.S. HIV medical workforce shortage.
Dr. Sweet has an HIV program in her clinic with Ryan White Parts B, C and D and is also the Principal Investigator and Director of the Kansas AIDS Education and Training Center as well as Director of the Kansas Care Through Housing, a “Housing for People With AIDS” (HOPWA) grant-funded project. Dr. Sweet received her MD from The University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is also board certified from the American Board of Internal Medicine.
“Daily, I see the struggles my patients who are living with HIV/AIDS have in obtaining their medications, and it is comforting to know that HarborPath is available to connect them immediately to patient assistance programs,” said Dr. Sweet. “Without access to these medications, patients would have a much harder time managing disease symptoms and prolonging survival. It has been my pleasure to be a member of the HarborPath Board and I look forward to another year improving access to medications for these vulnerable populations.”
A member of the HarborPath Board of Directors since 2012, Andrea Weddle is the Executive Director of the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), an organization representing frontline HIV medical providers and researchers. Previously, she served as the Associate Director of the HIVMA. She devotes much of her time to advancing HIVMA’s public policy and advocacy priorities with a focus on healthcare access and financing issues. Ms. Weddle also co-chairs the HIV Health Care Access Working Group and is a member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership Convening Group. Prior to joining HIVMA, she conducted policy research on Medicaid managed care programs as a research associate for the Center for HIV Quality Care and served as the Staff Director for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Ms. Weddle has a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.
“HarborPath is improving access to HIV treatment for the uninsured and streamlining access to patient assistance programs,” said Ms. Weddle. “By creating a single portal for HIV medications for the uninsured, HarborPath reduces clinic administrative burden and provides case managers with more time to assist patients with applying for healthcare coverage and with connecting to the services they need to fully benefit from HIV treatment.”
HarborPath is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to assisting low-income, uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C gain access to their entire regimen of brand-name prescription medications at no cost through a single portal. For more information, visit www.harborpath.org.
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Ken Trogdon, Jr.