Rep. Haas Receives Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society Legislator of the Year Award

KANKAKEE- Last Friday, State Representative Jackie Haas (R-Kankakee) received the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society’s 2023 Legislator of the Year Award. 

“It is an honor to receive the Legislator of the Year Award from this organization,” said Rep. Haas. “The Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society does incredible work in advocating for Osteopathic Physicians and their patients. As a licensed clinical social worker, I appreciate the dedication of Osteopathic Physicians to treat the whole patient. Their holistic approach to healing often overlaps with the work I do in the mental healthcare field on a daily basis.” 

The Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society was founded in 1903 and has since been advocating for Osteopathic Physicians (DOs) and their patients. Osteopathic Physicians utilize a holistic approach to healing that incorporates the body and mind.

“Thank you to the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society for honoring me with this award. I look forward to continuing our partnership as we work to improve the Illinois healthcare system for both workers and patients.”

Leader Haas has served her community as a social worker for over 30 years. She has advocated for early childhood development and quality healthcare, in addition to behavioral health, in her role as CEO of the Helen Wheeler Center for Community Mental Health since 2000. Leader Haas serves as the ranking Republican on the Mental Health & Addiction and Health Care Availability & Access Committees, and also serves on the Appropriations – Health & Human Services, Human Services and Prescription Drug Affordability committees, as well as the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).

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