Dr. Ledia Martinez Assumes CFSAC Designated Federal Officer Post

From the CFSAC listserv, posted May 6, 2015

With the retirement of Barbara James, we are pleased to announce that Ledia Martinez, MD, MPH has been appointed as the designated federal officer (DFO) of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee. Dr. Martinez joined the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in 2008 and has worked as the Regional Women’s Health Liaison, coordinating programs and activities among regional and central office staff to improve the health and wellbeing of women and girls across the US. In addition to her success at leading the Regional Women’s Health Coordinators, Dr. Martinez has substantial experience coordinating meetings for OWH, including a yearly three-day in-person meeting for regional staff and coordination and chair of the 2011 OWH national meeting, which brought to Washington, D.C., more than 200 women’s health leaders.

Prior to her work with OWH, Dr. Martinez worked at the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration as the Acting Branch Chief for the AIDS Education and Training Centers. She also worked with planning councils for the Ryan White grants to resolve issues related to the treatment and care of HIV/AIDS patients. Among her previous positions, she worked at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross leading a national and international health program for Hispanics, where she developed training curricula and trained more than 1,000 community leaders. While working at the Colorado Department of Education, she developed and provided training for school personnel on health issues related to HIV/AIDS, STDs and drug and alcohol use among others.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, a medical degree from the Eastern Central University at the Dominican Republic, and a Masters of Public Health from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Martinez is assuming the DFO responsibilities immediately.

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