A healthcare professional, bio-scientist and community leader, State Rep. Joann Ginal is a longtime Fort Collins resident. Dr. Joann Ginal is in her third term representing Colorado House District 52, which is Fort Collins and parts of unincorporated Larimer County. She is the Chairwoman of the Health, Insurance & Human Services Committee and is a member of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee as well as the Transportation and Energy Committee.
Rep. Ginal has focused much of her attention on healthcare and public health issues. She has sponsored a bill to help both large and small animal veterinarians to have stock available of compounding drugs for emergency use in their offices or mobile offices. She also passed another bill to create uniform standards for prior authorization of prescription medication, saving health care providers significant time and money and ultimately reducing costs for consumers. In 2015 she passed a statewide bill for telehealth, which will help patients see their healthcare provider faster, especially in rural and underserved urban areas. In 2013 she was the first to pass a law regulating naturopathic doctors in Colorado, which had failed for 22 years prior to Rep. Ginal’s legislation.
Rep. Ginal is also a champion for patients’ rights. She is the sponsor of the End of Life Options Act, which would allow the terminally ill to self-administer a lethal dose of medication rather than continue to suffer with an irreverible and incurable illness that, in the opinion of two doctors, will cause death within six months. She also passed a law to allow terminally ill patients to participate in clinical trials or use investigational drugs.
Rep. Ginal has worked in the pharmaceutical and medical fields for over 20 years as a scientist specializing in reproductive endocrinology. Her positions in the pharmaceutical industry were in sales, marketing, and clinical field research as a medical liaison specializing in women’s health, neurology and cardiology.
Before entering the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, she was a professor of biology at Florida Institute of Technology, did aging research at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and held other teaching positions at Iowa State University. She has also been a lead biologist for several international eco- travel companies, leading expedition biodiversity trips down the Amazon River in Peru, Columbia and Brazil and African photo safaris in Kenya and Tanzania.
She earned a Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, a Master’s degree in zoology, specializing in parasitology from Iowa State University and Bachelors, with honors in biology from the University of New Hampshire and a minor in microbiology.
She has been an active member of the Fort Collins community, serving a total of 16 years on the City of Fort Collins Boards and Commissions. Eight years on the Commission for the Status of Women and eight years on the Human Relations Commission. She is a trained master naturalist for the City of Fort Collins and cares deeply about preserving the special places that make Fort Collins a nationally recognized place to raise a family, retire, enjoy the outdoors, start a business or receive an excellent education.
Rep. Ginal was raised in a working–class family, in Manchester, N.H. Her father was a police officer and her mother stayed at home, raised three children, and was a dedicated community volunteer. Her parents though her the values of honesty, hard work, and the importance of giving back to the community.
In her spare time, Rep. Ginal loves being outdoors. Her favorite activities are hiking and slot canyoneering in Utah and Arizona. She has trekked for many weeks at a time in the U.S., Africa, Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America. Other activities include skiing, paddle boarding, riding her motorcycle and collecting vintage maps and books.
Chair: Health, Insurance & Environment
Member: Public Healthcare & Human Services
Member: Transportation and Energy