Each month, the Cancer Policy Insitute will be profiling advocates who have been engaged in advocacy in their home state, their community, with elected officials, and more. Read on to learn more about our featured advocate for the month of May and her years in advocacy on Capitol Hill and with her own consulting practice. If you are interested in learning more about policy, advocacy, and ways to get involved, sign up to be a part of the Grassroots Network!
Libby Mullin, Washington, D.C.
How did you get connected with the Cancer Support Community?
I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the CSC by a colleague I worked with on Capitol Hill. And after a quick conversation with Kim and learning more about the mission of the CSC, I knew it was a perfect match. It has now become central to my life’s work.
Did you have experience with advocacy in any capacity before joining CSC? (e.g. legislator meetings, hosting educational events, writing letters or calling, writing pieces for media outlets, posting on your personal Facebook, sharing information with your community, etc.)
I have worked in advocacy for 26 years first as a staffer on Capitol Hill, then opening up my own consulting practice in 1999. It is now in my blood!
In what ways have you been involved with advocacy with CSC?
I have helped the CSC build its policy arm at the CPI. We are working to improve the patient experience in cancer care and to specifically, advocate for high quality, affordable cancer care that addresses both the physical and psycho-social needs of patients.
Is there one issue you are particularly passionate about?
Equity – too many people do not have a voice in Washington and are not well served by our current system. It is incumbent that our work be anchored in expanding equal access to affordable, quality health care for all.
What is one tip or piece of advice you’d like to share with others who are interested in becoming an advocate?
Always keep your story personal but whenever you meet with a policymaker, make sure you have a specific ask and tell them you will be following up soon!
Tell us something fun about yourself—any hobbies, interests, or fun facts?
I love being a part of the CSC Triathlon Team.