With more than 30 years as a nonprofit health care public policy executive and additional experience as a registered nurse, Sue Stout will join the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) as the new chief communications officer and director of public policy in January.
“We are honored to have a successful legislative tactician and communications professional join our team,” Kendra Calhoun, president and chief executive officer of the ACA, stated in a press release. “I have had the pleasure to work with Sue in both legislative and communications efforts in Minnesota. Her background as a registered nurse enables her to look at legislation from a compassionate human perspective, not simply as a collection of statistics. Her successful track record in passage of complex healthcare legislation in Minnesota is a reflection on her ability to get things done and think things through strategically.”
Stout is currently director of state government relations for the Minnesota Hospital Association, where she provides strategic leadership, analysis and implementation of state government relations. Her background includes service as senior government relations for the Minnesota Nurses Association as well as the director of Freeborn County Public Health in Albert Lea, Minn.
With extensive experience in health care program development, other areas of expertise Stout will bring to the ACA include; grassroots organizing, communications strategy and management, association and leadership development and strategic planning. Stout will lead the ACA’s legislative agenda, public policy initiatives and strategic communications. She will focus on the ACA’s grassroots efforts to increase the number of states with prosthetic and orthotic parity laws.
In addition to leading the ACA’s strategy in the U.S. Congress, Stout will also focus on specific state delegations such as Tennessee, Iowa and Minnesota. She will oversee the public policy agenda outlined in the ACA’s Limb Loss Task Force, “Roadmap for Limb Loss Prevention and Amputee Care Improvement.”