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Randy Mayer Iowa Department of Public Health, USA

Randy Mayer has served as chief of the Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis at the Iowa Department of Public Health since 2008 and also serves as the director of the Office of Medical Cannabidiol since 2017. He received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science in Cell Physiology from Purdue University. As Bureau Chief, he has oversight for 20 staff members who administer prevention, care, and surveillance programs for HIV, hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted infections. The bureau receives nearly US$27 million in federal and state funds and works closely with local public health and community-based organizations to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with HIV, STD, and hepatitis. He has been recognized nationally by his peers for his work in modernizing HIV criminalization statutes and locally by community advocates for his dedication in the fight against HIV and viral hepatitis. He served as a panel member on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Viral Hepatitis and on the National Academy of Medicine’s Committee on a National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C, which published the national strategy in May 2017.