Experience

I have been working at the Utah capitol for nearly a decade on a wide array of issues. Here are a few examples of my professional and personal experience:

  • Current service:
    • Utah Opioid Task Force with key leaders from institutions including the Utah House and Senate, Salt Lake County Council, the Utah Attorney General, physicians, addiction support providers, community advocates, and more
    • Board member of Advantage Services since 2010, a non-profit providing employment for people with barriers to employment like mental health care and substance abuse disorders and homelessness; served as board president from 01/2016 – 12/2017
    • Board member of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
    • Board member of the Utah Health Care Institute
    • Community volunteer for the Community Wildfire Prevention Program (CWPP)
  • Past service:
    • Two sub-committees of the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Task Force in 2013
    • Utah Department of Health legislative rule-making committee for nicotine content and labeling standards
    • Board member of Utah Health and Human Rights and Repertory Dance Theater
    • Treasurer for the Salt Lake County Democratic Party from April – December, 2017; led the team that increased financial viability ten-fold over one year previous
    • President of my kids’ parent teacher association

Past and current policy priorities (still fighting for these):

  • Medicaid expansion (with Senator Shiozawa, Senator Davis, Representative Chavez-Houck)
  • Anti-discrimination amendments (in the past with Senator Urquhart)
  • Access to birth control/Family Planning Amendments (with Representative Ward)
  • Comprehensive sex ed (with Representative King)
  • Eliminate the sunset date for coverage of autism treatment (with Representative Ray and Senator Shiozawa)
  • Protect children from predatory tobacco industry (particularly e-cigarette use) – restrict advertising of e-cigarettes to children
  • Access and use of medical cannabis
  • Same-day voter registration (see above)
  • Rank-choice voting
  • End of life options (with Representative Chavez-Houck)
  • Will support any effort to eliminate or scale back the 0.05 BAC law that passed in 2017
  • Will support legislation to restrict fireworks
  • Will fight for paid parental leave with Representative Weight in the 2018 session
  • Will fight for better regulation of for-profit universities with Representative Kwan in the 2018 session
  • Will support legislation related to human trafficking with Representative Romero in the 2018 session
  • Will work on any legislation that addresses social disparities, especially related to health and health care access
  • Working with Senator Vickers and Representative Arent to ensure that people with life-critical medications have insurance coverage to get an extra month’s supply in case of a natural disaster or emergency

 

Legislation I have fought for:

  • Expanded primary care physician training capacity in the state of Utah 16 percent in order to work to meet the health care needs of Utahns (with Senator Vickers) - $1.2 million in annual funding support
  • Mandated insurance coverage for autism treatment for children (with Senator Shiozawa)
  • Multiple opioid-related policies
    • Improve controlled substance database (CSDB)
    • Require insurers to develop a policy to screen for narcotics over-use behavior
    • Mandate prescriber guidelines for narcotics and opioids
    • Encourage funding to provide for addiction treatment (most notably, Medicaid expansion)
  • Change criminality of drug use from a felony to a misdemeanor (avoid turning drug users into hardened criminals)
  • Protect children from nicotine poisoning: Required e-cigarette product manufacturers to comply with nicotine accuracy and labeling standards; Required e-cigarette products to have child-resistant packaging (with Representative Ray)
  • Eliminate back log of rape kit testing (with Representative Romero)
  • Fight against decriminalization of domestic abuse via property destruction (fought bill sponsored by Representative Coleman; successfully defeated, but she is running it again in 2018 so we will continue to fight)
  • Increase educators’ ability to address student suicide risk (with Representative Eliason)
  • Re-fund student loan repayment assistance for healthcare providers who serve in rural and high-needs areas (with Representative Redd)
  • Create a mental health care medical home (coordination of care) for minors in state’s custody (with Representative Sanpei)
  • Improve controlled substance overdose reporting in order to better deploy resources for prevention (with Representative Ward)
  • State support for development of primary care workforce scenarios that maximize access to health care - $10,000 grant (with Senator Shiozawa - since leveraged for a $150,000 grant award for public health and primary care research)
  • Same-day voter registration (with Representative Chavez-Houck); pilot proved to be successful but was not adopted as permanent policy – still fighting to make this law
  • Clean air legislation (with Representative Arent) –
    • Motor vehicle emissions amendments
    • Electric vehicle infrastructure
    • Burning solid fuel (fought this but lost, it passed)