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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
healthpolicy@snma.org
www.snma.org

Announcements

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.

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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.

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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.