Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch addressed advocates at WHA’s Advocacy Day in Madison March 21. As a cancer survivor who has experienced first hand the world-class health care available in Wisconsin, she applauded the group for their hard work and commitment to their patients.
“When you go through a health care event like that, you don’t forget that you live in a state with the greatest health care around. I am living proof of that.”
Kleefisch acknowledged Wisconsin hospitals’ very active role in Project SEARCH, an initiative giving employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities in all sectors of the economy, as well as the administration’s Heroin, Opiate, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Agenda.
She referenced Wisconsin’s record unemployment rate saying, “We need everyone engaged in our economy. The members of the Project SEARCH family are given extraordinary opportunities by people like you to get engaged in the economy.” Several Wisconsin hospitals and systems participate in Project SEARCH.
Kleefisch co-chairs the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse with Rep. John Nygren, and she commended Wisconsin hospitals for their efforts in combatting opioid abuse, leading the nation by example.
“In what we have seen, the medical community and hospitals across Wisconsin in taking a stand against an epidemic, a true crisis, is very impressive. Thank you for your work.”