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America’s Essential Hospitals Picks Veteran Advocate to Lead Capitol Hill Efforts


WASHINGTON — America’s Essential Hospitals, which represents more than 325 hospitals that care for the nation’s most vulnerable patients, has selected veteran health care and hospital policy professional Carlos Jackson as the association’s vice president of legislative affairs.

Since 2017, Jackson has served as executive director of government relations for Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, and he served as senior government affairs director for the health system from 2014 to 2016. Before that, he held senior government relations and political and grassroots advocacy positions for the American Hospital Association and American Nurses Association, respectively.

“Carlos has deep legislative experience, policymaking expertise, and a passion for helping people that makes him a perfect fit for America’s Essential Hospitals,” said Beth Feldpush, DrPH, senior vice president of policy and advocacy. “He’ll be a strong advocate for essential hospitals and vulnerable patients.”

In addition to his hospital and trade association experience, Jackson has held positions in congressional offices. He previously served as a legislative assistant for Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), the current whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, and in the office of former Rep. Jerry Kleczka (D-WI). Jackson has extensive speaking experience as a health policy expert.

At America’s Essential Hospitals, Jackson will lead the legislative strategy and advocacy work of the 37-year-old association of nonprofit hospitals dedicated to caring for people who face financial and social hardships. The association’s members also provide a significant share of trauma care and other lifesaving services nationally, and train about three times as many physicians as other hospitals.

“I am excited to be returning to our nation’s capital and honored to join America’s Essential Hospitals,” said Jackson. “Along with the rest of the legislative affairs team, I look forward to serving essential hospitals and vulnerable patients as their voice with policymakers on Capitol Hill. “

Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, with concentrations in biological sciences, political science, and business management, from the University of Missouri. He will begin his new role at America’s Essential Hospitals July 23.

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