Tracy Lawless has been named Sr. Public Affairs Specialist for Gateway Health Plan®, the company announced today. Ms. Lawless will report to Carol Allen, Director of Public Affairs and Program Development.
Ms. Lawless will be responsible for Health Literacy program development and outreach in western PA, and managing the Health Awareness Series in the City of Pittsburgh Healthy Active Living Centers. Lawless will also serve as government relations liaison with city and county elected officials to enhance Gateway’s outreach with local communities.
“We are fortunate to have Tracy Lawless join our public affairs team, commented Marcia Martin, Vice President of Public Affairs. “Her experience developing health policy recommendations and working with many advocacy and community organizations in Pennsylvania will be a tremendous value.”
Previously, Ms. Lawless worked as Deputy Policy Director on the Onorato for Governor Campaign. In that role, she led the campaign’s health care policy process and managed the stakeholder committee to develop candidate’s human services position papers and coordinated all press events around health care policy positions. She developed other policy papers and position statements, surrogate talking points and answered stakeholder questionnaires regarding several statewide policy issues including aging, long term care, veterans and women’s issues.
“I am excited to join Gateway, and look forward to advancing Gateway’s mission to emphasize the development and delivery of innovative programs to positively affect the personal health of its members.”
Ms. Lawless also worked as state campaign director for the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), where she advocated for direct care workers and helped lawmakers navigate both the state and federal laws regarding long term care and health care reform.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, 1992 and is a member of Women in Government Relations.
Tracy resides in Wexford with her husband and their four children.