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Advocacy Day

Participate in Advocacy Day

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Due to recent developments regarding COVID-19, AMSA is reconfiguring the 2020 AMSA Convention & Exposition from an in-person event to a virtual experience. The virtual Convention, will include a virtual Advocacy Day! Join us as we get training from key experts in public health and advocacy and take virtual meetings with our elected officials.

How do I register?

You will register for Advocacy Day as a part of your Convention registration.

What issues will we be advocating for?

For Advocacy Day 2020, AMSA activists will be heading to Capitol Hill to advocate for policy solutions that will improve the safety of our communities and provide access to affordable care and medications. 

Gun Violence Prevention

100 people die by gun violence every day in the United States. This epidemic is a uniquely American problem, and requires a public health solution with future docs at the forefront. A number of pieces of legislation in front of Congress could help address this issue, including: funding CDC and NIH research on solutions, universal background checks, “Red Flag” laws, among many others.

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Responding to the COVID Crisis

COVID-19 represents an unprecedented medical and public health emergency. We need a robust response from government to ensure our front-line health care providers are protected, our communities are economically sound, and there is equitable access to testing, treatment, and prevention. AMSA is advocating for medical students, our colleagues, and teachers who are at the front lines of this emergency.

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Meet the Speakers

What can I expect during Advocacy Day?

The schedule for the day is busy and we aim to prepare you as much as possible. In the morning, you will receive training on these key issues from medical and public health experts, as well as training on speaking to elected officials. Based on the information you provide during registration, AMSA will schedule virtual visits with legislators and/or their staffers for your team on Thursday afternoon, April 16. This appointment information will be provided to you. AMSA will provide issue background information, talking points, and short fact page leave behinds–all of which will be available prior to your arrival to Capitol Hill. You are expected to attend all of your afternoon scheduled appointments with elected officials’ offices, and please arrive on time to be respectful of Congressional staff calendars. Any schedule changes should be communicated immediately and directly to AMSA Education and Advocacy Fellow at eaf@amsa.org.

Advocacy Day Schedule (All times in Eastern Standard)

Time Session Speaker
11:00 – 11:05 AM Welcome & orientation Dr. Keanan McGonigle, AMSA Education & Advocacy Fellow
11:05 – 11:10 AM AMSA President’s message Dr. Isaiah Cochran, AMSA National President
11:10 – 11:30 AM A Campaign for the Moral Determinants of Health Dr. Donald Berwick, President Emeritus, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
11:30 – 11:50 AM The Power of Student Advocacy Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
11:50 – 12:20 PM Advocacy in a Time of Crisis: the COVID-19 Pandemic Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Vice Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
12:20 – 12:50 PM Turning Public Narrative Into Action: the Gun Violence Epidemic Dr. Joseph Sakran, trauma surgeon, Johns Hopkins University
12:50 – 1:20 PM Presenting Your Power to Congress Justin Mendoza, Senior Partnerships Manager, Families USA
1:20 – 1:50 PM Small group meetings
1:50 – 2:00 PM Break
2:00 – 5:00 PM Virtual meetings with Congressional offices

Will there be training?

AMSA understands for many medical trainees that our Advocacy Day will be your first experience meeting with an elected official’s office. We will have online learning resources to help you prepare, including basic information and background on the bill we will be advocating for. The morning of Advocacy Day is all dedicated to providing in-person training geared toward medical trainees to help prepare you as best we can. We have AMSA leaders who are experienced and ready to help you learn this important skill for physicians. Afternoon appointments with your elected officials’ offices will be set up for you.

Questions? Please contact AMSA’s Education & Advocacy Fellow at eaf@amsa.org with further questions or for more information.

Special Thanks to Advocacy Day Sponsor

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