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Lobbying - What Happens Behind Closed Doors and its Effect on Healthcare

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM
Virtual Meeting - ZOOM Meeting Info to be sent upon registration completion

AMFP Upper Midwest
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Join AMFP Upper Midwest for a virtual panel discussion on what healthcare construction lobbyist do, challenges that have been faced over the last several years, and what lobbyists see on the horizon for healthcare. 

Event Agenda:
All Times are Central Standard Time
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Panel Discussion
5:00pm - 5:30pm - Virtual Networking

Virtual Panel will be moderated by Dustin Rehkamp from BWBR Panelist include:

Sarah Strong-Belisle - Director of Government Affairs, Cook Girard Associates

Sarah Strong-Belisle joined Cook Girard Associates in 2001, fresh from earning her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Duke University. Strong-Belisle has exhibited a natural talent for effective legislative advocacy and has worked her way up the government affairs ladder to her current position.


Strong-Belisle has significant experience crafting legislative strategies and legislation, especially in the areas of commerce and workforce development. Over the last decade she has gained a working knowledge on a variety of business and governmental issues, frequently leading ad hoc coalitions on complex issues. She is also known for her ability as a tough negotiator on behalf of clients, working tirelessly to achieve consensus among diverse groups on controversial issues. Strong-Belisle is also a gifted writer – her updates combine her wit with a unique political insight and are a favorite among clients.


A proven leader both inside the capitol and out, in April 2011 Strong-Belisle was named “#1 Rising Lobbyist” in a Politics in Minnesota survey of a bipartisan group of legislators, lobbyists and staff. She completed eight years of service on the Minnesota Government Relations Council Board of Directors, where she was selected by her peers to serve in a variety of leadership roles, including Board President. While in MGRC leadership, Strong-Belisle was the point person for the lobbying community on Minnesota’s significant Capitol restoration project and worked to ensure continued public access to the legislative process during the renovations. She served on the Walz-Flanagan Inaugural Committee, where she assisted in planning and executing the new administration’s inauguration day events.

Kyle O'Brien - Vice President, Government Relations - Wisconsin Hospital Association

Kyle O’Brien joined the Wisconsin Hospital Association in December 2012 as Vice President, Government Relations and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Government Relations. His responsibilities include oversight of the Association’s grassroots and political advocacy operation and direct lobbying with state lawmakers on issues impacting Wisconsin hospitals and health systems. O’Brien previously worked as policy research staff for several lawmakers in the Wisconsin State Capitol, including on the state’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. Following his time in the legislature, O’Brien received a political appointment as the legislative liaison for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and is the immediate past chair of the UW-La Crosse Alumni Association Board of Directors. He currently lives outside Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, a pediatric occupational therapist, his two children and their Goldendoodle Conan (O’Brien).