Heidi Weimer is a fellow at the O’Neill Institute with the Center for Innovation in Global Health, where she focuses primarily on HIV bioethics, international development and aid, and sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment.
Weimer is interested in global health diplomacy, vaccines, and infectious disease control and eradication, with particular interest in HIV and polio. She is also interested in international development and its intersection with public health.
Weimer worked in various arenas prior to entering the legal field — as an author/writer and public speaker, high school science teacher, and orphan and adoption advocate. She has traveled to Ethiopia and Kenya more than a dozen times to partner with women’s empowerment programs and orphan care initiatives. There, she has witnessed firsthand the effects of infectious diseases, global and national health inequities, and lack of vaccine access. She has also seen the crucial and complex role of international aid and development at both the population- and individual-level. Weimer is passionate about using the law to better the lives of others through public health initiatives and improved health equities.
Weimer holds a B.S. in Biology and English from Houston Baptist University, an MPH from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, and both a J.D. and LL.M. in National and Global Health Law from Georgetown Law.