Thank you for the opportunity to serve District 11. I’ve lived in Madison for about 10 years, currently in Hill Farms. I’ve experienced our community through the eyes of an undergraduate student, a young professional working in non-profit, an academic, and a volunteer. During the day, I am an advocate for safety net clinics in our state, working with state policymakers and partners to ensure that all residents have access to quality health care, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. I’ve previously worked on local public health evaluation projects, rural workforce development, and Medicaid policy. After serving an AmeriCorps service term in California, I returned to Wisconsin and worked directly with underserved teens in Madison high schools, helping them find and keep their first jobs. On the County Board, I serve on the Public Protection & Judiciary Committee, the Area Agency on Aging Board, and serve as a liaison with the Vera Institute of Justice. When I’m not at work or engaged in Board activities, you can find me at the Odana dog park with my rescue, Roux. Please reach out at any time and I look forward to working with you.
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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Highlights for Early 2021
Hi neighbors, I hope that you are feeling optimistic about the New Year. I think there's lots to be hopeful about, but still a lot of reasons to be extra kind to each other. A few items of note for you as we move into 2021 policymaking:
Deferred Prosecution Program on upcoming agenda: Tomorrow night at 5:15 the Public Protection and Judiciary Committee, which I serve on, will hear from District Attorney Ozanne regarding the Deferred Prosecution program. Listen in or register to speak using the agenda here. We have spent a lot of worthy energy on issues related to the Jail Consolidation Project recently, and I look forward to addressing other issues under PP&J's purview in the coming months. The Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP), formally known as ‘the First Offenders Program’, is run by the DA's Office. Eligible defendants can avoid adjudication (a criminal conviction) and sentencing by satisfying the requirements of a deferred prosecution agreement contract with the D.A.’s Office.
Public Health Madison & Dane County has released a new COVID-19 data dashboard that contains more than sixty data elements, including trends in age, race and ethnicity, hospitalizations, and vaccinations, specific to Dane County. The dashboard is available here: https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/dashboard. The landing page includes an overview of latest data and provides trends by subpopulation. The dashboard also includes COVID testing and vaccination info. As of 1/11, 25,099 doses of vaccine had been administered in Dane County. The process is going to take time, so we can’t let our guard down. We still need to take all the necessary precautions to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19, like staying home when we’re sick and washing our hands often. The combination of a vaccine and prevention measures will help us in our eventual return to normal.
Last week, the County Board passed a few key measures including:
RES 331 - Additional $4 million for Emergency Small Business Grant Programs
RES 337 - Over $8.5 million more in an Eviction Prevention / Housing Services contract