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Raising the Voices of Women in the Health Care Reform Debate

Empowering women to be their own advocates, Sara Finger, Founder and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH), commends the strides of the Affordable Care Act and continues to fight for the health care needs of women in her state.

As if it wasn’t enough to be thirty-five years old, in my dream job and absolutely loving what I do for a living, it’s incredibly rewarding to be recognized as a Champion of Change. Through my dedication to a healthier tomorrow for Wisconsin women, I have the honor of working each day to make our state and our nation a better place for my sisters, my mother and my 2-year-old daughter.  There is no other work more important to me.

While seeking a Political Science undergraduate degree, I realized that I didn’t want to just lobby on someone’s behalf – I wanted to empower individuals to be their own advocates. I am motivated by the power of educating, equipping and mobilizing the voices of many to speak as one in order to create change. In creating change, it’s important to realize that some voices are quieter than others, but no less important.  In an effort to make all voices heard in health care policy discussions, the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, is dedicated to empowering and activating a broad base of advocates including health care professionals, clergy, legislators, other community leaders and rural and urban women and families of all ages, races, faiths, education, orientation and backgrounds. Through many successful coalitions, we have been able transform many ordinary citizens into potent forces for change as they raise their voice for policies that move Wisconsin toward a healthier future.

Health care reform is one of the most important women’s health issues. Women everywhere are already winning with the Affordable Care Act with preexisting condition protections, covered preventive care, consumer protections and affordable, accessible care. We continue to fight for meaningful implementation of the Affordable Care Act in our state to help women and their families access the affordable and quality health care they need and deserve. 

I’m incredibly proud of our organization’s work to educate, engage and empower women to be their own advocates in the health care reform debate.

As the Founder and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH), Sara Finger works to advance comprehensive women’s health in Wisconsin by engaging, educating, empowering and mobilizing individuals and organizations.