by Mimi Johnson, NCL’s Health Policy Associate
Hello! As I mark my second month-iversary at the National Consumers League as its new Health Policy Associate, I thought I’d take a quick break from my work and introduce myself to you, our Savvy Consumer readers. I work directly with the Director of Health Policy, Rebecca Burkholder, on issues ranging from medication safety and adherence to the role of consumers in health reform.
As I run around town attending meetings, testifying before Federal agencies, and participating in coalitions, I get to provide a voice for you, the consumer, in the (often very crowded) health policy discussions. I came to the League after having worked for a health law institute at Georgetown University, which allowed me to see policy from the legal and academic side in a way I never had before. My first “Washington Job” was working as an intern in the office of Senator Feingold, which gave me invaluable insights into the legislative and political world. I’ve since worked for health and environmental nonprofit organizations and at the Royal Norwegian Embassy. A native of Wisconsin, I came to Washington for my undergraduate studies at George Washington University. I escaped the Washington, DC political scene for a year to earn a master’s degree in comparative health and social policy at Oslo University College in Norway.
Stay tuned to the Savvy Consumer, where I hope to post exciting stories – some first-hand, others just very interesting – relating to you, the consumer, and the world of health policy. Thanks for reading! I look forward to joining the discussion!