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Public Policy & Advocacy
Massachusetts Chapter Advocacy 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.
- 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.
-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.
Save the Date: State Health Policy Networking Webinar
Monday, January 24, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET
Please plan to participate in ACP's State Health Policy Networking Webinar.
This webinar is designed to help ACP members, and chapters specifically, understand and prepare for upcoming issues at the state level that are expected to impact internal medicine physicians, their practices and patients, and other key health issues as well.
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.
- The ACP Advocate - bi-weekly, e-newsletter created to provide ACP members with news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care
- The ACP Advocacy Blog by Bob Doherty
- Electronic Resolution System - find Chapter Sponsored Resolutions
- Member Advocacy - other resources to help members advocate ACP policy
- Public Policy Virtual Library (PPVL) - a repository of ACP's current and historic policies and the Policy Compendium