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What I do

I am director of government affairs for City of Hope. I monitor government action involving healthcare, and I am the voice for patients and cancer centers, helping lawmakers understand how their decisions affect patient care.

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Why I do it

I love that I get to use my voice to help make change that will be meaningful to patients and families. Being able to have a role in that is what I enjoy most about my job.

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My Big Career Moment

Early in my career, I was a community health outreach worker advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS. I had many friends with HIV. I learned a lot about advocacy, public policy, and what the government can do to address an epidemic.

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A Voice for Patients and an Advocate for Meaningful Healthcare Change

27/12/2019 06:00am | 1562 views

by Kim Perez

If you thought it was hard to keep track of healthcare rules and plans for yourself and your family, just think how complex it is for someone whose job is to track all legislation and policy changes at the federal, state, and local levels – for an entire healthcare institution. 

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About the mentor

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Luis López

Director of Government Affairs
City of Hope

As director of government affairs for City of Hope, Luis López monitors federal, state, and local government action involving healthcare and advocates for policies that will have a positive impact on patients and healthcare delivery. 

Previously he was director of government affairs at AltaMed Health Services, California’s largest nonprofit network of federally qualified community health centers in Los Angeles and Orange counties. He got his start in healthcare advocacy early in his career, as a community health outreach worker who build awareness and led engagement efforts at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

López earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pomona College.