TogoRun wants health advocates, clients, and the media to get to know the freshman class of Congress a bit better through a new resource called the “Freshman Healthbook.”
“For anyone operating in the realm of US healthcare, the most influential stakeholder is government, period,” said Anne Woodbury, MD of TogoRun's Washington office, in a statement. “We created the Freshman Healthbook to… [be]...a convenient reference tool on the new policymakers in Congress who will have a significant impact on the evolution of health care in the US.”
The book analyzes the make-up of the new class and identifies several freshmen as the “ones to watch” when it comes to healthcare policymaking. The list includes Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who issued a call to action to delay the Affordable Care Act's medical device tax that was scheduled to take effect January 1, before she was sworn in.
Another lawmaker listed was Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), an orthopedic surgeon for the past 24 years. Regardless of his committee seats, Wenstrup has committed to speak on healthcare issues, according to TogoRun.
The resource comes as TogoRun launches HCPolicyMatters.com. The mission of the site is to share what is happening in the healthcare policy space and translate why it matters to advocacy teams. The firm also wants to offer practical advice to encourage more proactive collaboration among these groups.
The firm hopes that between the two resources, it can improve healthcare policy advocacy, while building brand reputation, by bringing together the functions of strategic communications and public, government, and regulatory affairs.