Hello Montana You’re the Cure Advocates! It’s my pleasure to join you as the new Government Relations Director for Montana. As a native Montanan, I know firsthand about the unique challenges we face and am excited to work with our local and state elected officials to make positive change.
Born in Livingston, I now call Missoula home. I have a graduate degree in social work and a background in medical social work, hospice, and health promotion. While I now work in Government Relations, I still consider myself a social worker at heart and am proud to continue furthering the social work values of creating equity and fighting oppression. It’s thrilling to be able to work on the policy end of social and health justice.
Over the next year, I’ll need your help to begin working toward some monumental policy changes. One of our first tasks together is working with the Let’s Move Missoula group and the Active Kids Coalition to address improved nutrition in schools.
The heart-health of Montana’s newborns is also a key priority. Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHDs) are the leading birth defects in children. In the near future, I will need your support as we ask the state to pass an administrative rule requiring that all newborn babies receive a pulse oximetry screening, a simple and inexpensive screening that can detect CCHDs (see more about this in my Pulse Oximetry blog post).
Improved nutrition and CCHD screening are just the beginning! Medicaid expansion, tobacco prevention and stroke prevention/treatment are key priorities too. Please, do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected] if there is any health related legislative issue that you are passionate about. I am constantly in search of concerned Montana citizens who are willing to raise their voices (or lift their pens!) to better our beautiful state. Thank you for being a part of You’re the Cure. See you out in the community!