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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

Debra Dixon (L)
Jessica Isom (R)

Debra Dixon & Jessica Isom
Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Chairs

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National Advocacy Forum

We have created an excellent program for the two-day Forum, designed to educate, challenge, and build practical advocacy skills of the participants. Get ready to build relationships with physicians, health policy leaders and professionals who are championing advocacy efforts in their local communities and on the national stage. We are thrilled to invite you to Washington, DC to advocate for our minority and underserved communities.

The Forum will culminate in meetings with representatives on Capitol Hill, where SNMA and MAPS members will advocate for specific pieces of legislation deemed critical to the mission of the SNMA. The theme of this year's National Advocacy Forum is Back to the Basics: Advancing Policy & Leading Communities. Registration will be available until February 8, 2015. Contact healthpolicy@snma.org with any questions you may have. Please join us for this exciting experience as we look forward to an informative and successful National Advocacy Forum!

Register as soon as possible by completing in the information requested and submitting the required payment.

Space is limited to a total of 25 participants on a first come, first served basis.


Day 1: Sunday March 8, 2015 | 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
-— SNMA & Advocacy, 1964-present
-— Advocacy in Action [An Overview of Health Policy]
-—Training Future Leaders [Advocacy in Medical Student Education]
-— Capitol Hill Strategies [Making Your Message Matter]
-— And MORE!

Day 2: Monday March 9, 2015 | 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
-— Breakfast
-— Legislative Visit Primer
-— Trip to Capitol Hill
-— Lunch on Capitol Hill
-—​ Feedback/Reflection

Community Engagement Opportunity
Health Care Reform and Marketplace Enrollment

Join the SNMA HPLA Committee in using our collective voice to reach out to those in our community regarding the changes in our health care system and the current ACA insurance enrollment period. Below is an opportunity for student involvement at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Students for a Better Healthcare System

*Students for a Better Healthcare System (SBHS) is a campaign started by health professions students to offer clear, accurate information in our communities about how our health care system works, how it's broken, and what's changing with health care reform.*

Major Goals:
1) Inform people about how they can sign up for affordable health insurance and access quality health care.
2) Start a broader national conversation about future health care reform. We believe that an informed public that understands the problems that we face can be the most effective advocates for a better health care system.

Every chapter can find ways to contribute to the campaign via the SBHS Toolkit found by clicking HERE. We look forward to hearing of your work as the enrollment period continues!

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