The Maui News - Maui state Sen. Roz Baker has been awarded the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, the most prestigious honor that the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network can present. The senator, who represents South and West Maui, was recognized for her years of "relentless commitment to strong public health and tobacco control policies," a news release about the award said.
The network-which is the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society-gives the annual award to lawmakers who demonstrate consistent leadership in the area of cancer-related public policy advocacy.
"Senator Baker has always been a champion for cancer issues in the Hawai'i State Legislature," said Dr. Melvin Palalay, president of the American Cancer Society Hawai'i Pacific corporate board. "There isn't a bill on cancer topics that Senator Baker hasn't authored or been associated with [and] with her unwavering commitment to fighting cancer through the power of public policy, Senator Baker has positioned Hawai'i as a forerunner in the realm of public health."
Maui state Sen. Roz Baker (second from left) has been awarded the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, the most prestigious honor that the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network can present.
In 2006, Baker, a cancer survivor herself, worked to pass Hawai'i's secondhand smoking law. She also worked to pass oral chemotherapy coverage, colon cancer screening coverage and the state health care exchange coverage-enabling laws.