May 2022 Advocacy Champion
Lora Princ, MD, MBA
1.Why is being an advocate so important to you?
- OBGYN Hospitalist, North Memorial Health Hospital
- Department Chair
I went into Obstetrics and Gynecology to help women advocate for their health. I believe that taking charge of medical choices is an important stepping stone to making positive changes in any woman’s life. As a physician I feel it is my responsibility to explain a complex health situation in an individually appropriate way, thus empowering my patient to make her own decision. Advocating for myself is equally important; over the last two years I have completed an MBA Degree with a concentration in Medical Management. I think that continually challenging myself and expanding my knowledge and experiences are critical to my ongoing personal and professional development.
2. What health-care related issue(s) have you advocated for over the past year?
Recognizing the current social and political instability of women’s reproductive rights, I decided to become an active participant in the work of the Minnesota Medical Association’s Abortion Policy Workgroup. We were tasked with conducting an in-depth review of the MMA's existing policies on abortion and offer recommendations. I was honored to be a part of this group that clarified our Association's position on supporting the women of our state with their healthcare decisions. Prior to this workgroup I have been a member of the MMA Policy Council for several years and look forward to continued work on critical health policy issues facing my fellow physicians.
3. What advice would you offer to others who are interested in advocacy?
Recognizing what causes your frustration may be the area where you could have the most impact. Change starts with passion. Take charge and seek out ways to educate and empower yourself and others to try and develop solutions that will end the frustration.
Past Advocacy Champions
- April 2022: Kimberly Tjaden, MD, MPH, FAAFP
- Mar. 2022: Kacey Justesen, MD
- Feb. 2022: La Princess Brewer, MD, MPH
- Jan. 2022: Juan Bowen, MD
- Dec. 2021: Natalia Dorf-Biederman, MD
- Nov. 2021: Liselotte (Lotte) N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE, FACP
- Oct. 2021: Joshua Stein, MD
- Sept. 2021: Gregory A. Poland, M.D., MACP, FIDSA, FRCP (London)
- Aug. 2021: Deborah Erickson, MD
- Jul. 2021: Caleb Schultz, MD, MPH
- Jun. 2021: Jill Amsberry, DO
- May 2021: Maria Arciniegas Calle, MD
- Apr. 2021: Derrick Lewis
- Mar. 2021: Cindy Firkins Smith, MD
- Feb. 2021: Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH
- Jan. 2021: Paul Matson, MD
- Dec. 2020: Verna A. Thornton, MD
- Nov 2020: Chris Wee, MD
- Oct 2020: Beth Baker, MD
- Sept. 2020: Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH
- Aug. 2020: Ashok Patel, MD
- July 2020: Sen. Matt Klein, MD
- June 2020: Nathan T. Chomilo, MD, FAAP
- May 2020: Peter F. Bornstein, MD, MBA
- April 2020: Tom Schmidt, MS4
- March 2020: Rachel E. W. Tellez, MD
- Feb. 2020: Dionne Hart, MD, DFAPA
- Jan. 2020: Heather Bell, MD
- December 2019: Rep. Kelly Morrison, MD
- November 2019: Carolyn McClain, MD
- October 2019: Renee Crichlow, MD, FAAP
- September 2019: Will Nicholson, MD
- August 2019: Lauren Williams, MD
- July 2019: Carl E. Burkland, MD
- June 2019: Marilyn J Peitso, MD, FAAP