On April 14, Clinical Associate Professor Colleen Boraca participated in the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Summit. Professor Boraca was part of a group of advocates who met with the offices of Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth as well as Representatives Mike Bost, Bobby Rush, Darin LaHood and Lauren Underwood. They encouraged the lawmakers to fund the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at $275 million FY22 to ensure all women have access to potentially lifesaving breast cancer screening and diagnostic services; to support the Access to Breast Care Diagnosis Act (S.1067) to reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients and increase access to medically necessary diagnostic breast imaging; and to co-sponsor the Improving Social Determinants of Health Act (H.R.379/S.104) to improve the social factors that impact individuals’ and communities’ health.
This advocacy is related to Professor Boraca’s work at the College of Law. The NIU College of Law Health Advocacy Clinic, which she directs, aims to help those impacted by poverty, homelessness, and disabling health conditions. Professor Boraca has been a passionate advocate for promoting research and treatment for breast cancer since losing her own mother to the illness in 2002.