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.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Yours in SNMA,
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!
We are hoping that SNMA chapters nationwide will become registered to vote and commit to register local community members. This is a simple feat that can be accomplished by setting up a booth at your school, a local health fair or any other event.
Our official Rock the Vote Event Toolkit can be found here.
We are hoping for every SNMA chapter to host some type of voter registration drive before October 1st, but understand if you must do it afterwards. Additionally, we are asking each SNMA member to commit to registering 5 other people (family, friends, neighbors, anyone) to vote. SNMA prides itself on the mission of increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians committed to serving the needs of underserved patient populations. One way that we can greatly help historically marginalized communities is by contributing to policy with our vote. Please make this a priority -- healthcare is greatly impacted by politics and we hope to stand on the right side of history.
Let us all work together to reach our goal of saying that 100% of SNMA members voted in the 2016 Congressional and Presidential elections!
The voter registration link can be found here.
The Latino Medical Student Association will be hosting its 3rd annual LMSA Policy Summit on October 21-23 at the AAMC in Washington, D.C. The agenda includes rallying at the Nation's Capitol for social justice in medicine, scheduled legislative visits with political representatives, congressional leader presentations, workshops discussing Latino health policy, leadership development & policy skills development, networking opportunities and participation in the LMSA Congress of Delegates. If you are interested in attending please complete this form and check out the flyer here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!