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Rene Durazzo

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Rene Durazzo

Vice President, Health Care Communications
Sheridan Group
Expertise: 
development and implementation of AIDS advocacy programs
Ryan White CARE Act
community-based HIV treatment and care services
health communications
CESAR (Cities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief) Coalition

Biography

Rene Durazzo is vice president of health care communications for The Sheridan Group. Previously, he was vice president of global programs for the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, an affiliate of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. As Pangaea's program director, Durazzo was responsible for overall program development, implementation, evaluation and partnership development. Durazzo began working on HIV in 1987 when he joined the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF). As program director for SFAF from 1994 to 2002, Durazzo's responsibilities included oversight of strategic planning, program development and program evaluation. From 1989 to 1994, Durazzo was the foundation's director of public policy and managed the agency's advocacy programs at the local, state and national levels. As policy director, Durazzo was a central figure in the development and passage of the Ryan White CARE Act in 1990. Mr. Durazzo was also a founder and key architect of the CAEAR Coalition (Cities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief). Established in 1991, the CAEAR Coalition is responsible for securing more than $1.8 billion in congressional funding for community-based HIV treatment and care services through the Ryan White CARE Act. Prior to joining SFAF, Durazzo worked as a health communications specialist at the Stanford University Center for Research in Disease Prevention from 1982 to 1987. Previous to his work at Stanford University, he worked in television news as a journalist and field producer for PBS. Durazzo holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

1224 M Street NW, Suite 300
Washington  20005
United States
Office Phone: 
(202) 628-7770

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