Hello, I’m Kyle Shrader, and welcome to my blog. I am currently a freshman at New York University majoring in Public Policy and Finance. My purpose with writing this online journal is to document and share some of the lessons I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve had while I am working towards becoming a United States Senator.
Here’s a little bit about me:
For the past few years, I have been focused on improving the quality and availability of reliable health care for minorities and immigrants in my local community. Pursuing this has been demanding — and surely has had its challenging moments — but I’ve been able to do it by interning and volunteering with organizations across Illinois.
My inspiration for healthcare policy developed a few years ago when my cousin first immigrated to the United States. He came to this great county to seek better education, but coming from China, he faced many difficulties early on. Aside from cultural barriers and financial hardship, he was challenged with finding insurance and health care that could keep him well. What troubles me is that his story is just like my grandparents’, is just like my mother’s, and is just like the stories of many other immigrants when they first came to this nation.
After years of research and first-hand exposure to the concerns of immigrant and minority communities, I have realized that there are extreme disparities between the healthcare immigrants and native-born citizens receive. As a result, every step I have taken has been with a purpose: to build a strong educational foundation in pursuit of resolving these issues. My journey in pursuing this passion has had tremendous successes and failures, and many lessons learned.