Chronic Disease Coalition

The Chronic Disease Coalition is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the rights of chronic disease patients against discriminatory policies and practices.

The Coalition was founded in 2015 and has since worked to advocate for people living with long-term or lifelong health conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, MS, psoriasis, cancer and other chronic diseases.

We are patients, family members, health care providers, advocacy groups, medical professionals and others who care deeply about the needs of the millions of Americans with chronic diseases.

Scott Bruun
Scott Bruun
Executive Director

Appointed executive director of the Chronic Disease Coalition in 2016, Scott brings decades of personal experience and chronic disease advocacy to the CDC’s mission of protecting patients’ rights.

Scott has had Type 1 diabetes for 35 years, has had rheumatoid arthritis for nearly 20 years and is a cancer survivor. His professional background includes service as an elected state legislator where he was heavily engaged in health care legislation and committee work.

Today, in addition to his duties with the CDC, Scott is also a communications professional based in Portland, Oregon.

Erin Foote Morgan
Erin Foote Morgan
Assistant Director

Erin Foote Morgan joined the Chronic Disease Coalition in 2020 to lead the organization’s strategic communications and stakeholder engagement efforts as assistant director.

Erin has spent the past 15 years supporting people and organizations to shape complicated public policy outcomes in social services, housing and transportation, with a strong emphasis on inclusion of underrepresented voices. Most recently Erin served as executive director of a non-profit devoted to civic engagement in government decision-making.

With a Master’s degree in journalism, a decade of experience as a writer and editor, and a background as former principal of a strategic communications firm, Erin understands the power of storytelling and believes strongly that even one voice can change the world.

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Bryan Dorn
Bryan Dorn
Social Media Coordinator

Bryan joined the Chronic Disease Coalition in 2019. His primary role focuses on developing social media strategy, content creation and boosting engagement through online interactions.

In addition to social media, Bryan works closely with CDC Ambassadors to develop digital opportunities that raise awareness about chronic diseases and the issues patients face. He hopes to utilize multimedia to stop the stigma surrounding chronic disease and create positive social and political change for chronic patients everywhere.

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James Adkins
James Adkins
Government Affairs Director

James joined the Chronic Disease Coalition as Government Affairs Director in 2020. James’ professional experience provides the coalition a broad range of expertise. James got his start working in DC for a member of Congress from Oregon during the first years of the Affordable Care Act. More recently James worked for several years as a housing advocate here in Oregon, an issue that he remains close to today.

As Government Affairs Director, James is involved across the organization directing policy initiatives, supporting advocacy training, assisting with digital engagement, growing the coalitions’ partnerships, and reaching new members.

You can contact James any time at

Claire Lawson
Claire Lawson
Patient Engagement Coordinator

Claire recently joined the Chronic Disease Coalition as Patient Engagement Coordinator. She currently works with ambassadors across the United States to coordinate advocacy efforts and improve connectivity throughout the CDC’s Ambassador Program. In the past, she has worked in the healthcare space with patient case managers and in stakeholder acquisition. Claire is excited to work closely with the CDC’s patient ambassadors as they work to improve their advocacy skills and affect positive change for those living with chronic diseases.

You can contact Claire any time at