ELessem 2017

Erica Lessem

As Director of Treatment Action Group’s (TAG) TB/HIV Project, Erica Lessem advocates for improved tools and services to treat TB and HIV. In this role, Erica educates, supports and mobilizes research activists across the world, and works closely with developers and policymakers to catalyze resources for TB research and ensure that new tools respond to community needs. Erica received her Master of Public Health as a Sommer Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Psychology from Georgetown University. Erica’s international community engagement experience ranges from combating sex trafficking in South Asia to starting the Republic of Georgia’s first peer support group programming for breast cancer survivors. She is a member of the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition Advisory Board, and the Sentinel Project for Pediatric Drug-Resistant TB Steering Committee. She previously worked as a Grants Writer for the TB Alliance where she advocated for resources for tuberculosis drug R&D. Erica previously worked at the Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training in New York, the CDC’s National Health Behavior Surveillance System in Baltimore, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Baltimore City Needle Exchange Program.

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