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Will Phillips

Current Role: State Director, AARP MN
Will Phillips is State Director of AARP Minnesota, a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization with more than 660,000 Minnesota members. He leads AARP’s staff and volunteers in advocacy, community engagement and education to help fight for and equip Minnesotans 50+ to live their best lives. Will has served AARP in multiple roles; including as senior advisor in AARP’s campaigns shop, where he ran national and multistate advocacy campaigns and as Associate State Director, Advocacy for AARP Georgia. Will’s passion and experience is in building teams and executing strategies to engage and empower citizens to shape and influence public policy – work that has spanned more than two decades and roles with multiple non-profit, social impact organizations. Will is a native Hoosier and a graduate of Butler University. He resides in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. Twitter: @willphillips74
AARP has been fighting in Washington DC, St. Paul, and state capitols across the country to make sure that older Americans are prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and have timely and accurate information about how and when to sign up to get vaccinated. And while we are encouraged by the milestones and progress of last week - including eclipsing the one million mark for vaccination, the continued downward trends in COVID-related deaths and hospitalizations, the work to vaccinate residents and staff in long term care, and the launch of the Minnesota Vaccine Connector - we know that our state’s vaccination rollout has left too many feeling frustrated and confused. A recent online questionnaire fielded between 2/12 and 2/15 by email to AARP members across Minnesota reflected just that. More than 1,700 AARP members completed the questionnaire.
The pictures, maybe you’ve seen them. Sons and daughters, moms and dads, husbands and wives – separated by a glass window. This is how some family members are visiting loved ones living in Minnesota’s nursing home and assisted living facilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. And as heartbreaking as these pictures are, worse are the stories of people dying alone and of goodbyes not said.
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