Project Director, HIV/HCV Co-Infection Watch
Jen Laws is an independent policy consultant and advocate specializing in various aspects of healthcare policy and focusing on the needs of the HIV-affected and Transgender communities. He began his advocacy efforts in Philadelphia in 2005, at the age of 19, coordinating team efforts for a corporation participating in the AIDS Walk. His connection to HIV advocacy grew when partnering with Mr. Friendly, a leading anti-HIV-stigma campaign.
He began working in public health policy in 2013, as a subcontractor for Broward Regional Planning Council evaluating Marketplace plans. Jen was a member of South Florida AIDS Network and has worked with Florida Department of Health, Broward and Miami-Dade County Health Departments, Pride Center South Florida, and other local organizations to South Florida in addressing the concerns and needs of these intersecting communities. During this time, Jen was seated on the board of directors for the ADAP Advocacy Association.
Since having moved to the New Orleans area in 2019, Jen resumed his community-based advocacy as the chair of Louisiana’s Ending the HIV Epidemic planning subcommittee for Data-based Policy and Advocacy, regular participation as a community member and “do-gooder” with New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council, and engages with other southern state planning bodies. He continues his advocacy in governmental healthcare policy evaluation, which has been utilized to expand access to quality healthcare by working with RAD Remedy to deliver the nation’s foremost database of trans* competent health care providers. Lending his expertise on policy matters ranging from 340B impact on RW providers and patients to strategic communications and data analysis, Jen’s approach to community engagement is focused on being accessible across all stakeholder groups and centering the perspectives of PLWHA and Transgender people.