Lessons Learned from a Decade of Healthcare Advocacy in Idaho
This Friday, the Democratic Club will feature Rebecca Schroeder. Rebecca is a candidate for Idaho State Representative in Legislative District 4. Mrs. Schoeder is an Idaho native and a longtime healthcare advocate in Idaho. Healthcare advocacy has given her exposure to state and national lawmakers. Most importantly, the experience of lobbying for changes to healthcare policy led her to decide to run for office. Come meet Rebecca and hear her story this Friday at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill.
The Personal Impact of Healthcare Policy
Just a few short weeks after her son Brady was born, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The unexpected news, brought the question of healthcare affordability and access to the fore. Since the issues regarding healthcare were so critically important, her son’s extraordinary medical needs led Rebecca to become an advocate for healthcare policy. Her goal was to improve access and promote innovation in treatment of rare genetic diseases. Eventually, her efforts led her to serve as the Idaho State Advocacy Chair for the non-profit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She held this position for three years. She was also a National Advocacy Co-Chair in 2015. Working in the realm of rare disease advocacy taught her a great deal about effective policy making. It also gave her the opportunity to meet with dozens of lawmakers in Boise and Washington DC. regarding issues affecting chronically ill children and adults.