Congressional candidate Ms. Lauren Underwood, a 2009 graduate of Johns Hopkins with a joint MSN/MPH from the School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, was recently featured in a USA Today story about women candidates. Earlier this year, she was included in a TIME Magazine cover story on women running for office.
Ms. Underwood, a registered nurse with a heart condition that she’s described as “well under control,” decided to run for U.S. Congress, in Illinois’ 14th district, after her congressman voted for health care legislation that would remove protections for people with preexisting conditions. Ms. Underwood was appointed by President Obama to serve as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she helped implement the Affordable Care Act — broadening access for those on Medicare, improving healthcare quality and reforming private insurance. Most recently, Ms. Underwood worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure that it provided high-quality, cost-efficient care.
Ms. Underwood’s congressional run has been featured in other news outlets, including Elle Magazine.