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Public Policy & Advocacy

Interested in advocacy but not sure how to get involved? Does the very idea of the word “advocacy” scare you? Already involved in advocacy but looking for extra practice?

Join one of our workshops!

“How to Talk to Legislators”
(Presented by the Massachusetts ACP’s Subcommittee on Advocacy Education.)  
Thursday, March 4th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM ~ To register - click here

Monday, March 22nd , 7:30 – 9:30 PM ~ To register - click here
(FREE for ACP members only!)
A Zoom Link will be sent upon registration.

Agenda –

  • Introductions
  • Advocacy Panel Discussion
  • Video: “How to Talk to Legislators”
  • Simulation Sessions with “Legislators”
  • Wrap-up
     

Advocacy Day Online

This year, we will be hosting another VIRTUAL Advocacy Day on March 30, 2021 from 9:30am - 3:00pm. Given the significant changes in how legislators are interacting with their constituents during the pandemic, this event will focus on introducing participants to the foundations of advocacy with an emphasis on virtual platforms. As always, we will guide the participants through an overview of local legislation regarding pertinent topics for ACP members and provide an interactive practice session on "How to Talk to Legislators." Small group breakout rooms will allow participants to practice their skills in a low-stress environment with experienced moderators. The day will culminate in an organized meeting with a legislator. 

The deadline to register is March 12, 2021 at 5:00PM.

Click HERE to register. 

Last year, our Advocacy Day Online event occurred virtually, on the cusp of lockdown due to COVID-19, and featured discussion on important legislation at the State House. The keynote was delivered by Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, an internist and national expert on single-payer healthcare systems. It also featured discussion on legislation eliminating the religious exemption for vaccination, addressing high prescription drug costs, and encouraging treatment of substance use disorder by ensuring that a person on probation with substance use disorder would not be re-incarcerated for relapse if that is the only infraction. We have a similarly exciting agenda planned for this year's Advocacy Day and hope you will join us!

Elisa I. Choi, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Governor, MA Chapter

Zoe Tseng, MD, FACP, Co-Chair, Health and Public Policy Committee
Shela Sridhar, MD, Co-Chair, Health and Public Policy Committee 

Aisha James, MD, Co-Chair, Advocacy Day Planning Subcommittee
Stephanie Titus, MD, Co-Chair, Advocacy Day Planning Subcommittee

2020 Online Advocacy Day


MISSION:

Our mission is to advocate for policy change that improve access, quality and effectiveness of health care for patients in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition to a passionate advocacy for our patients, we advocate for policies that enhance the practice of medicine for physicians and allow us to provide the highest quality, efficient care to our communities. 

The committee has 20-30 members that meet quarterly to discuss policy issues and advocate for them through various efforts including speaking with legislators and providing education to Chapter members, policy makers, and the general public. In between meetings, subcommitees and working groups move forward with advocacy efforts through collaborations with allied community organizations. 

We currently have five subcommittees focused on specific tasks or topics: Advocacy Day at the State House, Advocacy Education, Environmental Justice, Opioid Use Disorder, and Violence Prevention

  • Advocacy Day - This subcommittee is responsible for organizing Advocacy Day at the State House, including selecting legislation and speakers. They also organize the meetings between participating members and their state legislators to discuss important legislation.
  • Advocacy Education - This subcommittee is dedicated to bringing training in various advocacy skills to chapter members. Our goal is for members to feel well-equipped to tackle issues affecting their patients and practice through various forms of advocacy ranging from conversations with legislators, to writing op-eds and coalition-building. 
  • Environmental Justice - This subcommittee is focused on environmental justice and its impact on health within local communities in Massachusetts. They identify educational opportunities for members and work closely with other local environmental groups, acknowledging the connection to the broader environmental movement. ​
  • Opioid Use Disorder - This subcommittee is focused on addressing the opioid epidemic by increasing access to care through education and advocacy.
  • Violence Prevention - This subcommittee is focused on identifying, reducing, and preventing violence in our communities. This group aims to address the increasing public health concern and plans to focus on three main areas: domestic violence, racial violence, and gun safety. They take a proactive role in screening, education, and advocacy; identifying gaps and creating screening tools for physicians to implement in their practice. 

2021 HIGHLIGHTS:

-A working group with HPPC has been working closely with Rep. Vargas to create a coalition to eliminate the religious exemption for vaccine uptake.

-Members of our committee testified in Feb. 2021 to support the creation of a health equity task force to ensure that our most vulnerable patients have access to care as well as crucial preventative measures including the Covid-19 Vaccine. ​


    Advocacy Resources

    Learn more about ACP’s advocacy work including stances on key health policy issues. 

    Get involved! Join the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn) or attend the annual Leadership Day in Washington, D.C.

    Stay informed:

    Hear Dr. Dan Levy's interview with his local NPR station and read our chapter's Ten Priorities for Payment and Practice Reform with a Focus on Primary Care: A Policy Statement.

    Massachusetts Contacts


     




       

      Virtual Leadership Day 2021

      May 25 - 26, 2021

      Leadership Day 2021 will be held virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us for an exciting virtual program that will include educational briefings, lively Q&A, and an opportunity to meet virtually with your members of Congress.

      This event is open to ACP members only. ACP members interested in participating in Leadership Day 2021 should contact their chapter Governor to let him/her know of your interest and to be included in the chapter delegation congressional meetings. A $25 registration fee will be charged to attendees at the time of registration, with the exception of medical student and resident/fellows in-training members, who are exempt.

      For more information about the “virtual” Leadership Day 2021, go to: https://www.acpservices.org/leadership-day/what-leadership-day. If you have further questions, please contact Shuan Tomlinson via email (stomlinson@acponline.org) or at 800-338-2746, ext. 4547.

      Register for Leadership Day 2021

       

      Nominate a Chapter member for the annual Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award

      Nominate a Chapter member for the annual Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award, which will be presented on May 25, 2021 during the virtual Leadership Day program. Nominations are due Monday, April 19th. All nominees must be members of the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn). The Advocates for Internal Medicine Network awards program recognizes those individuals who have made exceptional efforts in support of the College’s advocacy program during the previous year. For more information about the award go to: Get more information here

      Nomination Form

       

      ACP Advocacy Resources

      Where the College Stands on key health policy issues, news and recent policy changes.

      Visit Legislative Action Center for more information about the new Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn) and the Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award.

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