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Andrew Wylam

President, Pandemic Patients

Andrew Wylam
Andrew Wylam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 and he graduated with honors from Quinnipiac University School of Law’s Health Law program in 2014. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree, Andrew moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked as a Manager of Government Relations in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Public Policy Office from 2014 to 2018. Subsequently, Andrew worked with Aimed Alliance as a Staff Attorney until 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic began. In May 2021, Andrew and his husband, Christopher Floyd, co-founded Pandemic Patients, which is a 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization for people who have been affected by COVID-19. Through Pandemic Patients, Andrew established a program to deliver pro bono legal assistance to long COVID patients who are commonly experiencing issues related to disability and employment. Andrew currently serves as a patient representative for long COVID patients with the National Institutes of Health’s RECOVER Initiative.

Pandemic Patients is a 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization founded in 2021 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization’s mission is to provide support and services to those who have been affected by COVID-19. Pandemic Patients accomplishes this mission by raising awareness about COVID-19 and Post-COVID Conditions, advocating for change at the state and federal level, and providing educational resources and updates about the coronavirus pandemic to the public. The organization’s key programs include the Pandemic Legal Assistance Network (PLAN) and the COVID-19 Advocacy Center. PLAN serves as a vital resource for people affected by COVID-19 by connecting them with a network of attorneys who can provide pro bono legal assistance and commonly help patients with issues related to long COVID, disability, and employment. The COVID-19 Advocacy Center is a hub for advocates to learn about opportunities to engage with public policy and connect with their elected officials.

Episode 18: Advocating for Long Haulers

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