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Sneha Dave

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Sneha Dave

Sneha Dave is a senior at Indiana University double-majoring in journalism and a major she created, chronic illness advocacy. She is the founder and executive director of the Health Advocacy Summit, one of the first advocacy interventions for young adults with chronic and rare diseases. She has led its expansion to four states and works with major stakeholders to combine advocacy efforts. She created a special program of Health Advocacy Summit is Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network, which facilitates a paid fellowship program for young adults inflammatory bowel diseases. Sneha also created and now chairs the first and only disability caucus in Indiana, which recently developed a voting guide for people with disabilities used by campaigns throughout the state of Indiana.

Sneha is also on the Democratic National Committee Disability Policy Subcommittee where she is helping shape national disability policy for presidential candidates. She writes for various media outlets, such as U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo! News, and Huffington Post. Sneha has been selected twice as an academic fellow for the Association of Health Care Journalists. She speaks nationally including on Capitol Hill featured on C-SPAN. Sneha also lobbies with Voices for Non-Opioid Choices, a nonpartisan group that is working to provide alternative pain medication options to patients. She was also a national policy fellow at RespectAbility, a nonprofit fighting stigma and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities.

She has previously served on the Pfizer Patient Advisory Board and has worked as a consultant for Eli Lilly. In her spare time, Sneha is an avid wilderness advocate and enjoys mountain climbing. She most recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in December.

In the future, she is interested in pursuing an MPH and potentially an MD to work specifically with young adults in their transition from pediatric to adult care.

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Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to promote positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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