Participate in Advocacy Day
Thursday, April 16, 2020
AMSA is committed to developing medical-trainee activists that use their voices to challenge the status quo and advocate for policies that provide our patients with better health outcomes. Learn how to make a difference and join us for AMSA’s Advocacy Day on April 16, 2020! Train to meet with legislators and Congressional aides, then visit your elected officials’ offices.
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.
Counteracting the Opioid Crisis
Every day 130 Americans die by opioid overdose. This epidemic touches millions of lives and is crippling many of our communities. Our nation needs “all hands on deck” to address this crisis and the resources to do so. Proven interventions like syringe exchange programs and medication-assisted treatment can stem the tide of infection and death due to this overwhelming tragedy.
Meet the Speakers
To be announced
What can I expect during Advocacy Day?
The schedule for the day is busy and we aim to prepare you as much as possible. Morning training will be conducted at the AMSA Convention Hotel, the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City. Attendees will depart for Capitol Hill just before lunch in order to eat on their own and arrive at their legislative appointments on time. You will conduct afternoon visits to the offices of your elected officials after morning training. Based on the information you provide during registration, AMSA will schedule a visit 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
How do I register?
You will register for Advocacy Day as a part of your Convention registration.