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Michael Carden was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington Heights CORNER Project. He was integrally involved in executing the community needs assessment supporting the agency’s New York State Syringe Exchange Program waiver application. Michael held a dual Masters Degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling. He was a Project Director at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and held a joint position at The Center for the Study of Hepatitis C at Weill Cornell Medical College. He was the Chair of the Board of Directors of New York Harm Reduction Educators and served as President of the National Hepatitis C Advocacy Council. Michael was a member of the Hepatitis C Community Advisory Board, where he provided input to pharmaceutical companies regarding their hepatitis C antiviral drug development programs, a member of the Hepatitis C Fair Pricing Coalition, and served on the Steering Committee for the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable. Michael had 10 years of invaluable experience designing, implementing and evaluating community-based programs providing medical and supportive services to people who use drugs. He oversaw an NIH funded project evaluating the effectiveness of an integrated, multidisciplinary care model for delivering hepatitis C medical care and antiviral treatment to active drug users.