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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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Anthony Sawyer
Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Co-Chair

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Greetings SNMA members and friends,

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-2017 administration of the Health Policy and Legislative Affairs committee. We have many exciting things planned for this year and cannot wait for you to join us in better educating our membership about health policy and spearheading the national organization's advocacy efforts!

This year, in alignment with the initiatives of National President Christen Johnson, we will be focusing on Standing with SNMA as Advocates for the Future. We plan to address relevant health policy issues through workshops at Regional and Annual Medical Education Conferences, through the issuing of Health Policy and Advocacy grants for individual chapters, and through programming at our annual National Advocacy Forum at the June 2017 National Leadership Institute in Washington, DC.

We also plan to update our national policy statements, including new positions on mental health and LGBT health. Furthermore, we would like to better connect with our general membership and affiliates through email and the official SNMA social media accounts to keep you all abreast of advocacy efforts and campaigns that may interest you. Finally, we will also continue to update our YourMembership page periodically with the aforementioned advocacy campaigns and committee news throughout the year.

If you have a vested interest in health policy as it relates to the mission of our beloved SNMA, please feel free to join us! Once you're registered as a national member, you can fill out the national committee membership application here, send it to both vicepresident@snma.org and healthpolicy@snma.org, and we will be in contact with you. If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding health policy and SNMA, please feel free to contact us at healthpolicy@snma.org.

Yours in SNMA,

Joniqua Ceasar and Anthony Sawyer
Student National Medical Association
Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chairs 2016-2017


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!