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- Discuss the impacts of psoriatic arthritis on women’s health, including disparities and stigma
- Highlight the diversity of experiences for women living with psoriatic arthritis
- Emphasize ways to empower women and improve their quality of care and general wellbeing
Elizabeth Medeiros is a young adult who has dealt with juvenile-onset psoriatic arthritis since she was a small child, in addition to other chronic conditions. She studied for her undergrad in design in Boston. She has kept a blog, The Girl with Arthritis, since age 14 about how she’s coped with chronic pain from such a young age. She also is a contributor for HealthUnion, and previously was a columnist with Bio News Science. Elizabeth hopes to inspire those living with psoriatic arthritis and juvenile arthritis by sharing her story and offering practical tips on coping, emotional wellness, and advocating. Elizabeth enjoys crocheting, making art, traveling, and cooking when she isn’t writing. You can learn more about her by following her on Instagram @GirlWithArthritis.
Leah M. Howard, JD
Leah McCormick Howard, J.D., joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2012. Howard was appointed to the role of President and CEO, effective June 8, 2022 after stepping into the Interim President and CEO role on January 1, 2022. She previously served as NPF Chief Operating Officer (2017 – 2021) providing the strategic direction, vision and leadership to Foundation mission-related functions of government relations and advocacy, marketing and communications, and patient services (education, volunteer outreach and the NPF Patient Navigation Center). Prior to this role, Howard directed the Advocacy and Government Relations department (2012 – 2017). Howard has led a number of major initiatives for the NPF including development of the current (FY2020-2024) Strategic Plan, leading the planning for the 2016 FDA Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting, engagement with value assessors, and the NPF annual payer roundtable series. She brings to her role more than 20 years of experience working with national health and disability organizations, local governments, and leading health care and research institutions. Howard has a bachelor of arts degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law. She is based out of the NPF office in Alexandria, VA.
SWHR’s Psoriatic Arthritis Program is supported by an educational sponsorship from Eli Lilly & Company. SWHR maintains editorial control and independence over educational content.