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Meet the GHEA Team!

Andrew Romero, Director, Geographic Health Equity Alliance

Andrew joined the CADCA team in August 2018 as the Director of the Geographic Health Equity Alliance. Prior to CADCA, Andrew served as Director of Health Policy at the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County. In this role, Andrew led a Health Policy Department with a long list of Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change accomplishments in the areas of tobacco, violence, obesity, health disparities, and Health in All Policies (HiAP). In this role, Andrew also served as a strategy and talent development consultant for Tobacco Free Florida, where he developed a variety of effective tools and trainings for public health professionals and coalitions in Florida and across the nation.

Andrew has both a M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education and B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Florida.

 In both his professional and volunteer life, Andrew is passionate about giving others the tools to do their very best work. After serving as an executive of a young professional leadership and advocacy non-profit for 7 years, he likes to volunteer his time as a mentor, helping other non-profits improve through better management and leadership practices.

Iqra Haji, Associate 

Iqra is an Associate within the Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) department at CADCA. She earned her Master in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Promotion from George Mason University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining CADCA, Iqra interned at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in their Chronic Disease and Health Promotion department. She also served as an intern at a healthcare consulting firm and a local health department. Iqra is also a medical reserve corps volunteer in Fairfax, Virginia. 

She has a passion for health promotion, particularly for disadvantaged communities. In her spare time, Iqra enjoys spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the outdoors.