Health Policy and Advocacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic artwork
Cancer Convos: Survivorship. Advocacy. Policy

Health Policy and Advocacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 34:20
  • May 13th 2020

In this episode, NCCS Policy Manager Lindsay Houff talks to Jamie Ledezma, an attorney who specializes in cancer rights. Jamie discusses how health policy is changing at a rapid pace, at both the state and federal levels. A cancer survivor herself, Jamie also shares what it’s like as a patient navigating the health care system during COVID-19, and gives advice for fellow patients who are looking for answers. During the conversation, Jamie mentioned a health insurance resource page from Triage Cancer, an organization who focuses on cancer patient rights and advocacy: 19-health-insurance-coverage For resources about coronavirus and cancer, visit the NCCS COVID resources page at

Cancer Convos: Survivorship. Advocacy. Policy

In Cancer Convos, leaders of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship talk with health care experts, providers, cancer survivors, caregivers, and advocates about cancer survivorship, advocacy, and policy efforts to improve cancer care. Shelley Fuld Nasso, NPP, is the CEO of this advocacy group with a strong mission. Formerly leading public policy with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Shelley found her calling to advocacy as a dear friend lost his battle to cancer at only 43 years old. Now, she is bringing survivors and healthcare providers together with a new podcast. Lindsey Houff MPP is the Senior Policy Manager for NCCS. A dedicated advocate and graduate of Virginia Tech, Lindsey lost her father at a young age to Melanoma. The NCCS team is working to build a brighter future for those who have been affected by cancer. As NCCS aims to improve public policies, the advocates and survivors behind the story are inspiring and educational. Education, inspiration and connection, the keys to bringing survivors and healthcare together with a common goal; surviving cancer.