Employee Spotlight: Emily Waitt

Emily Waitt, Policy & Advocacy Manager
What’s your role at TPCA?
I serve as the Policy & Advocacy Manager at TPCA. In this role, I ensure health centers have the knowledge, resources, and tools to shape the policy decisions that affect them at all levels of government. On any given day, you can find me researching a new law or regulation, providing policy updates to our members, or advocating for our members at the Tennessee State Capitol.
What excites you about coming to work every day?
The most fulfilling aspect of my job is when I can visit health centers to see them care for their patients firsthand and understand how to advocate for them. I enjoy that not only can I learn about health policy developments, but that I can take action to shape them and empower our members to do so as well. 
What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
When faced with a choice, even a seemingly simple one, ask yourself if what you choose will make you more like who you want to be.
Who’s someone you really admire?
Is it cliché to say my fiancé, Austin? I admire him because he approaches life with so much joy. He takes his relationships, work, and goals seriously but never himself. He is confident, driven, caring, and has a wealth of knowledge.