Former Sen. Rodriguez named chief advisor on health care
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has tapped on former senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr. to serve as the administration's chief advisor on health care with a focus on addressing health disparities in the community.
“As we navigate toward recovery, we are revitalizing our local healthcare system to address the needs magnified by the pandemic, so the people of Guam can continue making progress undeterred by unprecedented events,” Leon Guerrero said.
“As a trusted public servant who has prioritized and championed better healthcare for our families, Senator Rodriguez brings community and policy experience that will help us protect and uplift underserved people.”
“The success of Operation Homebound taught us there are many in our island who require special care and dedicated resources for a range of health disparities,” said Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio.
“Senator Rodriguez has spent his career advocating for healthy living and addressing our entire system of care to improve our quality of life. Through his policy work and Todu Guam Foundation initiatives, he helped make local healthcare more affordable and accessible," he added.
Rodriguez served four terms in the Guam Legislature, from 2011 to 2019, notably as the Committee on Health chairman. In 2015, he and his wife Lena co-founded the Todu Guam Foundation to provide preventative healthcare to uninsured and underinsured Guam residents through various programs.
He has previously served as a legislative chief of staff and policy writer, business manager, and member of several civic and nonprofit organizations.