Director, Patient Affairs Staff
US Food and Drug Administration
Andrea Furia-Helms is the Director of the Patient Affairs Staff in the Office of Medial Products and Tobacco, Office of the Commissioner. She works with the FDA medical product centers and other offices to support the FDA’s ongoing patient engagement efforts and is coordinating cross-cutting patient engagement activities to ensure patients, caregivers, and advocates have opportunities to share their perspectives in the FDA regulatory meetings. Ms. Furia-Helms spent the over ten years in the FDA’s Office of Health and Constituent Affairs where she directed the FDA Patient Representative Program and coordinated patient engagement activities.
Prior to FDA, Ms. Furia-Helms was Director of the Back to Sleep (now Safe to Sleep) campaign, a public-private partnership to educate communities on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), at the National Institutes of Health. She developed SIDS outreach initiatives for African American,
American Indian and Latino communities.
Ms. Furia-Helms has a B.A. in psychology from Framingham State University, a B.S. degree in community health education from University of Maryland, and a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University.
Friday, November 16
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM