Sharon Girard

Arizona State House, Legislative District 8

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Sharon practiced medicine as a Physician Assistant for 30 years in rural communities. She worked in OB/GYN, migrant health, occupational medicine/workers health and emergency rooms in under-served areas. She has been a community activist for women’s health and issues of equality since the 1960s. Sharon rose to leadership positions with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, serving on the Clinical and Scientific Affairs Council, House of Delegates and the referendum committee. She practiced medicine in England, learning firsthand how well a single payer government healthcare program works, and wrote about it in her book “A PA in the UK”. Sharon has always been dedicated to promoting healthcare access in rural communities and providing healthcare to all women. She became a nationally recognized leader in Adolescent Pregnancy, as a frequent conference speaker and published articles on the subject. Now retired from medicine, Sharon hopes to take her experience and her desire to serve to the legislature as an advocate for families, women, education and healthcare. She is also excited to make history as the first ever elected Planned Parenthood clinician in the country, according to PPFA.

As a Physician Assistant, Sharon saw how her patients struggled to access and afford the care they needed. She feels that serving in the state legislature will enable her to help and protect the people of her state. Together, we can enact legislation to fully fund public education in the state, increase access and affordability to healthcare and address our provider shortage. She wants to continue her work as an advocate to her patients and expand to being an advocate for everyone in Arizona. Sharon will work to make sure everyone has the education, healthcare and jobs they need to live a successful life.

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