Where I Stand
As a member of the Council’s Committee on Health, I am continually working to foster healthy communities in the District. I believe in a comprehensive approach to public health whether that’s through healthy food access, supporting early child development, and environmental safety, or lowering the costs of care. I believe that everyone in the District, from newborns to seniors should have access to high-quality services and supports that create a strong foundation of health. That’s why I’ve worked to expand access to home visiting services that help new parents and children thrive, lowered health care barriers for our immigrant families, and reduced prescription drug prices.
What I've Done
Maternal and Child Care
- Introduced a bill to expand access to Department of Health (DOH) home visiting services. These services provide new parents and children with health and development support to foster an environment for children (birth to age three) that starts them on the road to a positive and healthy life.
- Introduced a bill that would establish a universal “baby box” program to reduce infant mortality, which would give a box of baby supplies to all newborns and foster children that doubles as a bassinet for safe sleep, as well as establish more robust education and training for new parents.
Increasing Access to Medication
- Advanced the Specialty Drug Copayment Limitation Act, which creates caps on copays or coinsurance for specialty drugs, lowering the cost burdens for prescription medication.
- Introduced the Access to Treatment for Anaphylaxis Amendment Act, which increases the availability of epi-pens in spaces like recreation camps, colleges, universities, day cares, restaurants, places of employment, and more.
Healthcare for Immigrant Communities
- Authored a new law that makes it easier for immigrant families to renew their healthcare benefit through the District’s Alliance program, simplifying the certification process for many residents who are very recent immigrants or those who cannot establish legal presence in the United States.
- Passed a law to study the mental health needs of our immigrant community, so as to better serve those experiencing stress and trauma.
Food Access, Lead Testing, and More
- Co-Introduced the Lead Hazard Prevention and Elimination Act of 2018.
- Pushed for budget increases to programs that increase access to healthy foods, like Produce Rx and Healthy Corners.
- Introduced the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Signature Authority Amendment Act, which enables nurse practitioners to sign and certify documents related to their practice, which reduces the need for unnecessary physician referrals.
- Introduced the Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Amendment Act, which requires the installation of drop boxes for the disposal of expired or unused controlled substances at retail pharmacies, police stations, and hospitals.
- Co-introduced the Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention Amendment Act of 2017, which requires lead testing and filters at District schools.