Sonia Canzater is an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center and the associate director of the Infectious Diseases Initiative at the O’Neill Institute, overseeing the Hepatitis Policy Project, which focuses on national hepatitis C (HCV) law and policy issues. She is also a part of the O’Neill Institute’s Addiction and Public Policy Initiative, where she works on projects that address the intersection of incidence and prevalence of infectious diseases such as HCV and HIV and the nation’s injection drug use epidemic.

Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Canzater worked as an adjunct public health instructor at Benedict College, and spent several years working for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. She also worked as a youth drug abuse prevention program coordinator for the Lexington—Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council in Columbia, South Carolina.

She has also worked as a legal intern for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights. In addition to her work in public health, Canzater founded a consulting business to offer professional support to nonprofit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, and businesses. She is a certified health education specialist and a certified grants consultant. Canzater is also a practicing attorney in the state of Maryland. She serves her community as a member of the Montgomery County (MD) Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee and by providing free legal services through Maryland’s Pro Bono Resource Center.

Canzater holds a J.D. and an MPH from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in anthropology from Temple University.


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