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Update from MI-ACP Health and Public Policy Committee

Left to right: Martha Gray, Michael Kern, Tudor Moldovan,
Mark Lindley, Robert Bloom, Jayne Courts

The Michigan Chapter Team for DC Leadership Day was a virtual success thanks to Drs. Jayne Courts, Bob Bloom, Mike Kern, Mark Lindley, and especially thanks to Tudor Moldovan, our medical student who had the best stories and the most convincing messages on student debt, residency position shortages, burnout, and pharmacy prices. We met all day on Wednesday March 26, 2021, with staff of our two Senators; Stabenow and Peters and six Congress members; Dingell, Lawrence, Moolenaar, Meijer, Levin, and Walberg. It was a long day, but it went fast, and we were able to voice policy concerns from ACP National and connect them with Senate and House bills to share support or help shape changes for our patients in Michigan. Hopefully, we will continue this process as we 'left behind' talking points and contact information.

For those of you interested in Advocacy this is a great way to get started. Plan to join our Chapter Health and Public Policy Committee led by Jayne Courts MD, and join us next May 2022, in Washington DC for Leadership Day. Our Chapter is also planning to jump start a State Leadership Day and virtual meetings work well for this type of policy discussion. Stay tuned and join us as we discuss launching a State Leadership Day during this next year.

ACP Leadership Day on Capitol Hill

Leadership Day is the College’s annual two-day advocacy event that enables our members from across the country to bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers. This is a great opportunity for the College and our members to bring our policy priorities to Congress and try to influence the legislative process on behalf of internal medicine.

How can you benefit from Leadership Day?

In addition to having an opportunity to meet with your legislators and staff in Washington, DC, participants are provided with in-depth briefings from White House officials, Capitol Hill staffers, and members of Congress; all of whom are among the top health care decision makers.

Participants will also:

  • Receive a comprehensive orientation on ACP’s top legislative priorities.
  • Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
  • Learn advocacy skills that can be utilized back home.
  • Meet other internists who care about advocacy, including colleagues from your own state.
  • Learn about policy issues that impact your profession and your ability to provide quality care.
  • Get to know ACP leaders and staff.
  • Socialize and have a great time!

Leadership Day FAQ

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.

State Health Policy Pages