Launching Health Care Storytellers Training Program for 2022

April 20, 2022
Abby Shepard

Nationally-Known Health Care Advocate Laura Packard Launches Health Care Storytellers Training Program for 2022

Laura Packard will train tens of thousands of health care activists in best storytelling practices to build momentum for in-state advocacy in 2023

DENVER — On Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m. ET, Health Care Voices Founder and nationally-known health care advocate, Laura Packard, will host the first part of a three-part online training series for health care storytellers. This series is part of Laura’s larger effort to train as many health care activists as possible from now until December in best practices for sharing their personal health care stories, in order to build momentum around lowering the cost of health care and set the stage to pass health care reforms in key states come 2023.

At this first training session, audiences will learn tangible skills to better share their personal health care stories. Laura will be joined by two expert panelists to discuss how to tell a compelling story and engage an audience: Dr. Pamela Rutledge, PhD, MBA, Director of the Media Psychology Research Center, and Brad Bauman, communications specialist and Partner at Fireside Campaigns. The session will be an hour-long livestream hosted by

“As a stage-4 cancer survivor who is alive today because of the Affordable Care Act, I’ve seen firsthand the power of sharing my personal health care story, from in-person events like town halls to social media, from events to online publications. Storytelling has been fundamental to my advocacy work, so I am excited to host these trainings and support fellow activists in sharing their stories as well,” said Health Care Voices Founder Laura Packard. 

“There has been some incredible progress in the past couple of years in states like Nevada and Colorado around lowering the cost of health care, and that was made possible in part by advocates coming together and sharing their stories around the ruinous costs of health care in America today. I’m excited to continue working with storytellers into 2023 to build on this progress and increase access to affordable health care–because no one should have to choose between their finances and their life.”

Laura Packard is the founder of Health Care Voices, executive director of Health Care Voter, and a stage-4 cancer survivor. The Affordable Care Act saved her life. She is a co-host of Care Talk, a call-in health care show on to answer America’s health insurance questions about the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid (airing Mondays at 4:30pm ET). If you’d like to connect with Laura about the training series, the cost of health care or her 2023 plans, please reach out to Abby Shepard at