In this role, Cooley will be responsible for leading the national nonprofit patient organization that advocates for Americans to have access to safe, affordable prescription medications from Canada for personal use.
"I am thrilled to join CPPI as I believe that access to affordable and safe medications is a critical issue facing today's patients, particularly the elderly and others living on fixed incomes," said Cooley. "Studies show that at least 35 million Americans fail to adhere to their prescribed drug regimens due to cost. This places their health in danger, and leads to enormous expense throughout the already strained healthcare system. I am committed to working with stakeholders and consumers nationwide to ensure that patients come first, so that access to affordable daily medications from Canada – where costs are up to 80% less than the same drugs purchased in America - remains a priority on the national healthcare agenda."
Cooley has nearly 20 years of experience managing healthcare campaigns focused on key policy issues, such as reimbursement and access to medication and treatments. Formerly, she led integrated communications campaigns for the Lupus Foundation of America, where she oversaw a $5-million cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on reducing the time to diagnosis of lupus. Previously, Cooley served as Senior Director for Health Policy Communications for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the world’s largest biotechnology trade association. While at BIO, Cooley led numerous communication and outreach campaigns focused on health advocacy, international, and emerging company policy issues.
Cooley has a Master’s Degree in Public Communication from American University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She is a frequent guest speaker in American University’s School of Communication.
The Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation (CPPI) is a national nonprofit patient advocacy organization that advocates for Americans’ access to safe, affordable prescription medications from Canada for personal use. Tens of millions of Americans – especially the elderly and others on fixed incomes – struggle to pay the extremely high price of prescription medications in the U.S. We are here to be their voice. For more information and to get involved, visit personalimportation.org.