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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