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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

Jara A. Crear (L)
Valerie A. Pierre (R)

Jara A. Crear & Valerie A. Pierre
Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Chairs

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Greetings SNMA members and friends,

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2015-2016 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 Kulukulualani, we will be focusing on mental health in regards to our unique mission to support future and current underrepresented minorities in medicine, and address the needs of underserved communities. We plan to address mental health in the aforementioned demographics through workshops at the Regional and Annual Medical Education Conferences, Health Policy and Advocacy grants, and programming at our annual National Advocacy Forum, just to name a few.

We also plan to update our national policy statements on police brutality with a more expansive clause on mental health, and create new policy statements with a focus on mental health in underrepresented medical students and underserved communities.We would also 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. We will continue to update our YourMembership page periodically as well 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 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,

Jara A. Crear and Valerie A. Pierre
Student National Medical Association Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs 2015-2016

Announcements & Resources

Drawing upon our strength and national network, SNMA employs grassroots efforts to ensure the appropriate representation of its members and the inclusion of its mission and vision in the national political discourse. Through efforts coordinated by HPLA, SNMA has developed official policy statements that reflect the opinions and beliefs of its members and the organization as a whole. These statements are continuously being updated/revised along with new statements being added as needed and/or suggested. Please feel free to contact us at healthpolicy@snma.org with any questions, comments, or concerns related to SNMA's official policy statements.

Homeless Health Care Curriculum

The following article speaks about how Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health students have created a curriculum to address health disparities in the homeless population. The curriculum includes "immersion in clinical environments that focus on the unique needs of the homeless population, community outreach, and lecture series that focus on the social determinants of health and outcomes that affect underserved communities." For more information on the new curriculum
click here

Wayne-Med Direct

Wayne State University is initiating a new program (Wayne Med-Direct) that will provide 10 students free undergraduate and medical education. The emphasis is to provide education to students who come from socioeconomic disadvantaged backgrounds with the aim to address health disparities. For more information about the program and announcement click here.

AAMC Clerkship Opportunities

University of Utah Health Sciences Away Rotation - The Office of Health Equity and Inclusion at the University of Utah Health Sciences is offering $1000 stipends to underrepresented students seeking an away rotation at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Applicants should send a paragraph of interest that denotes career goals, specialty elective sought, and desired elective dates. Applications will be reviewed and awards issued as requests are received. Early applications are encouraged as funds are limited. Please forward questions to: Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP, Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Director of Cancer Health Equity, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Professor of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine

University of Chicago Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery host Visiting Clerkship Diversity Program (VCDP) Application Request Form

AMA Medical Education Innovation Challenge

The AMA Medical Education Innovation Challenge offers students the opportunity to shape the future of medical education so that future physicians can meet evolving health care needs. Winning teams will receive cash prizes up to $5,000, and will showcase their ideas at the spring meeting of the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. Deadline is Dec. 11. More info can be found here.