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Health Policy & Legislative Affairs

Goals: Spearhead SNMA advocacy efforts. Educate members about legislative and policy developments affecting medical education and health care. Seek opportunities to increase the SNMA's voice, brand, and influence in health care and education. Identify key legislation and court cases/decisions in areas, such as medical education, health care reform, and minority and women's health.

Committee Leadership

Joniqua Ceasar
Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Co-Chair

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Jenniffer Okungbowa-Ikponmwosa
Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Co-Chair

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The Student National Medical Association's Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee (HPLA) is excited to announce our bi-annual grant to provide financial assistance to SNMA and MAPS chapters interested in developing policy and advocacy projects! There is one grant available in the Fall of 2016. Chapter projects should align with the mission and goals of the SNMA, and should ideally relate to one of the efforts coordinated by HPLA.

The focus areas this year are gun violence and inequities of violence in underserved communities, but all topics are welcome. We also continue our pledge to advocate for our patients through relevant health policy and continuous collaboration with various coalitions on health equity, diversity in medicine, and cultural competency.

The winning chapter will also be asked to prepare a prezi or powerpoint presentation for next year's Annual Medical Education Conference in Atlanta, GA. We welcome members from all chapters to apply and look forward to you joining us in addressing the needs of underserved communities from a policy and advocacy perspective!



HPLA Needs You!!!

The Health Policy & Legislative Affairs National Committee is hoping to uphold SNMA's mission to create culturally competent & socially conscious physicians that serve underrepresented minority communities. In order to accomplish this, it is important that we make official policy statements on topics in social medicine. For this reason, we are enlisting the help of SNMA membership: We are looking for passionate individuals to draft official policy statements on public health topics such as obesity in minority communities, the negative health impact of poor education and many more. If you have an idea for a statement we do not currently have or would like to edit a pre-existing one, please contact us at healthpolicy@snma.org.


Are you interesting in attending a conference to meet like-minded professionals and students while gaining a useful skill set to assist your endeavors in health policy? Your HPLA committee has created a list of upcoming events for your consideration. Make it a chapter trip and encourage your fellow SNMA/MAPS members to go!