Carl Schmid has been with The AIDS Institute, a national nonpartisan, public policy, advocacy research, and education organization that advocates for people with HIV and viral hepatitis, since February 2004. He leads the Institute’s federal policy work before the executive agencies and the Congress.
Mr. Schmid helps lead the HIV and hepatitis communities’ advocacy efforts in Washington, DC, to ensure domestic HIV and hepatitis programs, including the Ryan White Program, CDC HIV and hepatitis prevention programs, and NIH AIDS research, are based on sound public policy and fully funded. He is a Convening Group member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership and co-chairs its AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition. He has expertise in health care financing systems, including Medicaid and Medicare, and led efforts to ensure that Affordable Care Act implementation meets the needs of people living with or at risk of HIV and hepatitis.
As part of the Institute’s work in advocating for people with HIV and hepatitis, Mr. Schmid works extensively with other patient and disease groups on collective efforts to ensure that patients, particularly those with chronic conditions, have access to quality and affordable health care. In January 2018, Mr. Schmid was appointed as a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
He was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2007-2009 and chaired its Domestic Subcommittee. In 2010, he was named by POZ Magazine as one of the 100 most effective AIDS fighters and by Whitman-Walker Health as one of the 25 individuals who have played prominent roles in the fight against HIV in DC. In 2016, he was named the Champion of the Year by the ADAP Advocacy Association.
Mr. Schmid earned a B.A. in Public Affairs and a M.B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He and his husband, Alejandro Barrera, reside in Washington, D.C.
John Wiesman was appointed secretary of health by Governor Jay Inslee and joined the Department of Health in April 2013. Dr. Wiesman has more than 22 years of local public health experience and focuses on whole systems approaches to improving health. He has worked in four local public health departments in Washington and Connecticut and now serves as the Washington State Secretary of Health. He started his public health career in Connecticut in 1986 and was in its first group trained to provide HIV counseling and testing services.
During his career Dr. Wiesman has transformed health departments from providing individual clinical services to implementing policy, system, and environmental changes promoting prevention that make healthy choices easier and less expensive; transformed Clark County Public Health and the Department of Health into first responder organizations; and helped lead Washington State’s initiatives to transform the health delivery system to improve population health, known as Healthier Washington. Additionally, major efforts now underway at the Department of Health under his leadership include: End AIDS Washington, developing the Healthiest Next Generation, identifying and funding foundational public health services, implementing the Governor’s executive order reducing suicides and preventing firearm injuries and deaths, and addressing the public health impacts of climate change.
Dr. Wiesman serves as the immediate past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and chairs the association’s Government Relations Committee.
He also serves as a clinical professor at the University of Washington, School of Public Health, Department of Health Services and recently, he received an adjunct faculty appointment at The Evergreen State College where he is teaching a Public Health Policy Class. From 2013- 2018, Dr. Wiesman was an adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Health Policy and Management where he taught Public Health Ethics in the DrPH program.
He earned his doctor of public health (DrPH) in public health executive leadership in 2012 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He received his master of public health (MPH) in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University in 1987, and his bachelor of arts (BA) in biology from Lawrence University in Wisconsin in 1983.
John and his husband reside in Tacoma, Washington.
Before her appointment with PACHA, Ms. Hayes served as the Acting Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Policy for the Office on Women's Health (OWH) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. Among her responsibilities at OWH were the formulation of budget, performance, and policy initiatives for the office, as well as management improvement and strategic planning. Prior to joining the OWH staff, Ms. Hayes served as Special Assistant to then-Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher. In this capacity, Ms. Hayes worked on many health policy initiatives and managed the immediate personal staff for Dr. Satcher. She was a Policy Advisor with the Surgeon General as a member of the health and medical team to assess public healthand medical needs after the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. She also has worked as the Extramural Community Liaison for the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she developed and strengthened partnerships with national, State, and local organizations, including business, labor, faith community, entertainment, and other nontraditional health partnerships. While at CDC, her career included assignments with CNN Medical News as a producer, where she produced news stories on “Innovative Campus Approaches to HIV/AIDS Education” and health research on other topics for medical news stories. Ms. Hayes also worked with the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, a legislative service organization composed of members of Congress and co-chaired by Representatives Patricia Schroeder and Olympia Snowe, where she worked on a host of health policy initiatives, including the Women's Health Equity Act and health care reform.
Ms. Hayes received a bachelor's degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in public administration from Georgia State University, with a concentration in strategic management and human resource management. While in graduate school, she was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow and completed her 2-year assignment at CDC, National AIDS Information and Education Program.
As a Public Health Analyst for the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Ms. Talev serves as the committee manager for the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). In this capacity, she has assisted with the joint PACHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Care HIV Disclosure Summit, the dissemination of PACHA'S Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation report, and assisting with the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy special task force on Employment and People Living with HIV/AIDS. Prior to her role with PACHA, Ms. Talev interned at the Office on Women's Health, where she focused on strategic planning and employee satisfaction issues. During her graduate program, she was a Policy Fellow at the American Association of University Women, a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of women and their families. Additionally, she had the exciting opportunity to be an advocacy intern at All Women's Action Society (AWAM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At AWAM, she focused on policy issues striving for a democratic and equitable society where women are free from all forms of violence and discrimination.
Ms. Talev received her bachelor's in arts degree from the University of Central Florida and her master's in public administration degree from American University.