Interview by Lisle Township Democratic Organization: Meet Compassionate Erica Green, DuPage County Board District 6

Candidate for DuPage County Board - District 6

Meet Compassionate Erica Green, DuPage County Board District 6
I am a practicing health provider. Day after day, I see so many gaps in the healthcare delivery system. My patients try to make positive steps forward but I think it will take policy changes to bring the optimal community wellness that DuPage deserves.

• What made you decide to take the courageous step to run for the board?
I am a practicing health provider. Day after day, I see so many gaps in the healthcare delivery system. My patients try to make positive steps forward but I think it will take policy changes to bring the optimal community wellness that DuPage deserves.

• What in your background makes you especially prepared or motivated for this office?
I have worked in various aspects of healthcare for over a decade -mostly mental health. I specialize in trauma, international disaster relief, and project coordinating. I am also a certified drug counselor with a degree in public health. I WANT to take on the opioid epidemic. My research in disease transmission and health promotion makes me ready. In humanitarian aid work, it takes a multi-disciplinary team of individuals with different perspectives to get things done for the greater good of a community. I believe we can do this– together.

• How long have you lived in DuPage, and in District 6?  What concerns you most therein?
I grew up in DuPage. I went to Glenbard North and, back then, I was known more for Track & Field. I broke numerous records and qualified for state all four years. What concerns me most now, as a longtime resident and as a mother of a 6 year old, is the potential risk of mass violence. As a mental health professional, I have worked with all ages. People seem to be responding to stressors and pain differently these days. How individuals manage emotional and physical pain is different. I believe there are things we can do at the community level to help.

• How do you feel you compare against Republican candidates, what difference in policy decisions would you have?
For better or worse, I think as a relief worker. I don’t see myself as going against anyone. I see myself as pro-health and welfare of the community as a whole. I don’t think I would be running for office if I felt there was a robust strategy on some of the current problems the county is facing. If there were, honestly, I would most likely be in some other country. However, from my experience, I feel the crisis is here and now.

• How can we most help you get elected?
I could use more boots-on-the-ground individuals and funding.

• Anything else you want our readers to know?
Hmm. I understand many are feeling quite worn out, yet feel a sense of urgency to do something, but not sure what.  A good start is a simple kind word and self-care. It goes a long way… it energizes!

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