Tune into C-Sessions. . .with Randall Broad next Wednesday, October 28th at 4 p.m. PDT as he welcomes Washington State Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Senior Policy Manager Lindsay Houff of National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). Together, they explore vital topics affecting healthcare funding and protection for cancer patients.
Here’s a sample on the agenda:
- What does the ACA mean for patients
- What is at stake
- Recent changes regarding healthcare around ACA, pandemic, SCOTUS, election
- The politics around such and predictions for future
- What patients can do to advocate: VOTE, advocate, engage
Suzan DelBene: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s First Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.
Prior to serving the State of Washington, Suzan became a leader in technology and innovation, embarking on a 12-year career at Microsoft. Among just a handful of women serving at the executive level at Microsoft, Suzan worked as a vice president running worldwide sales, marketing, and product management for the company’s mobile technology business.
In 2010, Suzan was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to be the Director of the Washington State Department of Revenue. During one of the most difficult budget challenges in state history, Suzan worked to streamline government, make the department more efficient, and save money without cutting vital funding to programs that help low-income and middle-class families. She also traveled the state working with small businesses to develop solutions to simplify the tax code and reduce administrative burdens on taxpayers.
In Congress, Suzan is prioritizing securing federal resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthen our public health response in Washington, and provide relief to families, workers, and small businesses. She is also one of the leaders on the House bipartisan jobs protection plan, which will help keep workers on the payroll by covering more of their salary longer. This would also keep workers connected to their benefits and lower unemployment.
Lindsay Houff, MPP: Lindsay Houff is a Virginia native who received both her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and her Master’s degree in Public Policy from Virginia Tech. As Senior Policy Manager at NCCS, Lindsay is responsible for advocating on behalf of the organization’s policy priorities and executing NCCS’ legislative strategy through development of relationships with Congressional staff.
Prior to joining NCCS, Lindsay was a policy fellow at Meals on Wheels America headquarters in WDC, and previously served as Public Policy Associate at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America where she lobbied for increased funding for youth drug prevention programs. Lindsay’s dedication to the NCCS mission goes beyond public policy.
Lindsay lost her father to melanoma when she was 12 years old. His legacy is the driving force behind her commitment to representing cancer patients and survivors to improve quality of care and their life after diagnosis.
About C-Sessions: Each week, Randall Broad interviews patients, physicians, pharmaceutical, policy experts and others fighting for your rights to the answers you need.
In 2008, Randall was diagnosed with Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC.) Following his ‘inoperable’ surgery, the surgeon’s prognosis was bleak. He was told, “You best get your things in order.” With this directive, Randall set about “re-ordering” his life by reprioritizing his values. First on the list was his family; to have them know each other in a meaningful way. Next on the relationship ‘to do’ list was his extended cancer family with focus on support, communication, and inspiration. Twelve years following his lifestyle reboot, he continues amongst the living and sharing healing stories.
The cancer journey led Broad to chronicle key life learnings for posterity sake. What materialized was the Amazon best seller, It’s an Extraordinary Life – Don’t Miss It. The book has since opened the door to the world of professional speaking and full-time healthcare advocacy. The take away from this experience was to realize how much people engage by listening to stories…real life stories that touch on the fabric of life.
Last year, Broad subsequently created the program, C-Sessions. The goal, supporting cancer patients in their journey by creating a healthcare-focused program designed to improve communication and collaboration between Patients and their Healthcare Provider. The bottom-line, improve outcomes.