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Policy Research Advisory Group

The Policy Initiative is guided by the Policy Research Advisory Group (PRAG), which is composed of California-based policymakers, representatives of organizations involved in breast cancer-related policy development, and advocates. Members of the CBCRP Council’s Policy Committee serve as ex-officio members of the PRAG. To avoid conflicts of interest, the PRAG members will not include policy researchers and will be ineligible for CBCRP Policy Initiative funding.

PRAG Roster 2020

ADVOCATES - Representatives of breast cancer advocacy organizations
Nancy Buermeyer, MS

Senior Policy Strategist,
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

3/1/15 – 12/31/21
Karren Ganstwig Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance 3/1/15 – 12/31/20
JoAnn Loulan Breast Cancer Action 1/1/20 – 12/31/22
POLICYMAKERS - Current and former legislators, legislative staff, and government officials
Hon. Hannah-Beth Jackson, JD

California State Senate (SD-19)

1/1/20 – 12/31/22
Michael Lipsett, MD, JD

Chief, Environmental Health Investigations Branch (retired), 
California Department of Public Health

3/1/15 – 12/31/20
Rick Kreutzer, MD

Assistant Deputy Director of Environmental and Occupational Health (retired),
California Department of Public Health

1/1/20 – 12/31/21
POLICY PROFESSIONALS Representatives of organizations involved in health policy
Garen Corbett, MS

Director, California Health Benefits Review Program
University of California Berkeley

3/1/15 – 12/31/20
Sarah Huchel

Legislative Director, Health Services and Sciences
State Government Relations
University of California Office of the President

1/1/20 – 12/31/22
Georgette Lewis

Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy
University of California Health

1/1/20 – 12/31/22
Usha Ranji, MS

Associate Director, Women’s Health Policy
Kaiser Family Foundation

3/1/15 – 12/31/21
Catherine Peters

Director, State and Local Campaigns
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

1/1/20 – 12/31/21

Charge and Responsibilities

  • Identify and solicit  Policy Initiative topics;
    • Review the CBCRP portfolio for projects that could impact public policy as potential topics for consideration;
    • Identify current and emerging policy issues related to breast cancer that would benefit from research;
    • Review all topics nominated through the Call for Topics;
  • Review, and recommend to Council topics and research questions for funding;
  • Review and recommend to Council bids for funding;
  • Review Policy Initiative research reports; and
  • Assist in developing communication and dissemination plans for completed projects.