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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. Provide opportunities for medical students to advocate on the local, national and international level.

Committee Leadership

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

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Veronica Wright
Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Co-Chair

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Are you intersted in advocacy work? Do you want to become a voice for your future patients? We have an exciting opportunity for you to attend Affordable Medicines Now, a training conference designed to build skills, knowledge and community amongst activists who power the movement for afforable medicines at the state, national and international level. This opportunity is brought to you by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM).

The training session will be taking place at the Georgetown University Law Center on June 27-29, 2018.

Financial assistance is available for those seeking housing at the conference and limited funds are available for travel. Student can have their registration fees waived via the financial assistance form available here.

Individuals can register at affordablemedsconference.org.

At the conference, you will learn new skills for organizing at home including:
How to use public narratives to influence change, Media advocacy training and Strategic advocacy workshops

If you are interested, please contact us at healthpolicy@snma.org


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.