Get to Know the NHC’s Newest Team Member: Shion Chang
By: Bhriana Onuoha, Senior Coordinator, Communications and Shion Chang, Director of Policy
Every great organization knows that you don’t go as far as your dream — you go as far as your team. The National Health Council (NHC) prides itself on its diligent team, the behind-the-scenes power source that drives the organization towards its mission of providing a united voice for the 160 million people living with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers.
In September, the NHC welcomed its newest member: Shion Chang. I sat down with him to learn more about him.
B: What are some assignments that you’ve done that will help you in your new role at the NHC?
S: In my previous positions, I engaged in a wide range of work that is highly relevant to my role at the NHC. My experience at the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) involved developing public policy and legislative solutions to critical public health issues, many of which will be familiar to the member organizations of the NHC, including but not limited to access to care and treatment, antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial product development, health equity, patient-centered health care, public health and pandemic preparedness, and research and innovation. Of course, my position at IDSA necessitated a deep understanding of the provider perspective, but I have developed and deepened my understanding of other perspectives, including the prescriber and patient, during my time with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and Sepsis Alliance.
B: You’ve been here for a few months now. What is your favorite thing about working at the NHC?
S: I am most excited for an opportunity to be at the forefront of driving patient-centered health policy. The NHC’s unique composition of diverse patient organizations provides a rich environment for collaborative policy development, which not only aligns with my professional expertise, but also fuels my passion for creating impactful changes in health care. The sense of community and shared purpose at the NHC makes every day both challenging and rewarding.
B: What compelled you to want to work for the NHC?
S: I was drawn to the NHC because of its longstanding commitment to fostering patient-centered health care policy and its collaborative approach that unites various stakeholders in the health sector. The NHC’s focus on improving access to affordable, high-value, sustainable, and equitable health care resonates deeply with my professional values and goals. Having worked on public health challenges and patient advocacy in different capacities, I saw an opportunity at the NHC to leverage my skills and experience to make a broader impact on health policy and to contribute meaningful advancements in health care for patients nationwide.
B: At the NHC we value hard work, but we also value play. What do you like to do for fun?
S: I enjoy weightlifting, riding motorcycles, musicals, backpacking, and traveling internationally. However, all of this is going to take a backseat for a while, as my partner and I welcome our first child in the coming weeks.
The NHC is beyond elated to have you on board, Shion!