What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
Health Policy was a focus of mine in law school and the American Heart Association has a stellar reputation for its work combatting leading causes of death and disability in Minnesota and the nation. I was very excited at the possibility of working for this mission and 5 years later I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done together.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
Systems of Care are the key for improving outcomes for patients with an acute cardiac or stroke emergency. Medical interventions have made miraculous advances in recent decades, but we still lose too many patients because we can’t get to that intervention fast enough.
A coordinated approach is how we capitalize on all of the recent medical advances. Stroke, STEMI & Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims can benefit from everything MN Medicine has to offer if we can get them to the right place, faster.
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
Persuading the Governor to sign the CPR in Schools bill was amazing. The entire campaign was such an uphill battle. After fighting every week, all legislative session to keep the bill alive day to day, and feeling exhausted at the end…having so many volunteers from so many different parts of the state showing up to help push the Governor to make the right decision felt incredible and really reminded me of why we do this work.
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