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Two alumni recently named as Champion for Change by White House

March 30, 2012

TO:News Editors and Directors

FROM:Judy Berthiaume

DATE:March 30, 2012

SUBJECT:Two alumni recently named as Champion for Change by White House

Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumni — a 1997 political science graduate and a 1985 journalism graduate — recently were honored at the White House after being named a Champion for Change.

Last week Sara Finger (1997 political science grad) was honored by the White House for her work to improve access to health care in Wisconsin. Finger is founder and executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, an organization that works to advance comprehensive women's health in Wisconsin by engaging, educating, empowering and mobilizing individuals and organizations. As the Wisconsin regional coordinator for Raising Women's Voices and the national Women's Law Center's State of Women initiative grantee, WAWH has been recognized as Wisconsin's health care reform leader for women. Finger has raised awareness of the Affordable Care Act by developing resources, coordinating state partners, driving media coverage and participating in policy development.

In January, Tod Pritchard (1995 journalism grad) was honored for his work in emergency preparedness and response. He is the emergency preparedness coordinator for Wisconsin Emergency Management. He oversees ReadyWisconsin, a program designed to help people across the state get ready for emergencies. Since joining WEM in August 2010, Pritchard has developed several media campaigns, including Winter Awareness Month with NASCAR champion and Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth. In that campaign, Kenseth urged everyone to have a winter survival kit in their vehicle. He also organized a Tornado Awareness Campaign, creating teams of TV stations and retailers across the state to promote the purchase of emergency weather radios. Pritchard also helped launch the STEP (Student Tools for Emergency Planning) program in Wisconsin. Before joining WEM, Tod worked as a reporter, producer and news director at TV stations across the country, including in Madison, Minneapolis, Seattle and Honolulu.

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

To learn more about the Champions go to www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

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