AMSA ADVOCACY DAYS
This Spring, AMSA members will lift our voices as future-physicians to Congress for the kind of healthcare system we want to work in, and the health care we want for our patients, families, & communities.
Improving health care equity and access
Lowering prescription prices
Increase physician residency slots
Protecting access and providers in abortion: Abortion is Healthcare
Advocacy Action Days Schedule
AMSA will provide training with key experts, background info, and connect you with our Action Committees & Teams, who will lead the way and help you lift your voice with your U.S. Senators & House Representatives.
Saturday, March 26
from 1:00 – 3:00pm(E)
- AMSA Advocacy Action Days Kick-off Event
- Issue Education & Hands-on Advocacy Training Session
March 27 - April 6
- Meet Your U.S. Senators & House Representative Legislative Staff
- Join AMSA Action Committees & AMSA members from your area for on-line meetings to discuss your selected key issue.
- 9:00am to 12:00pm(E) – AMSACon 2022 Town Hall & Legislative Visits Debrief Session
- Join AMSA members in-person and on-line for lively discussion with Q/A with key congressional leaders.
- 1:00pm to 4:00pm(E) – Afternoon Skill-building Sessions
- Writing Letters-to-the-Editor, Creating Compelling Social Media, Growing Your Advocacy Network, and more.
In our March 26 on-line session you will receive training with key experts, resource materials, background info, and be connected with our Action Committees & Teams, who will help you lift your voice with your U.S. Senators & House Representative. There you will also be matched with AMSA members from your state and congressional district to plan for your meetings.
March 27 – April 6 meetings with your 2 U.S. Senators and your House Representative will be scheduled. As Capitol Hill remains closed to the public all meetings with congressional offices will be held on-line using zoom. Meetings are generally held with Legislative Aides who work on your selected issue, and average about 15 minutes. Separate calendar invites for each meeting you are scheduled to attend will be sent to the email address you used to register for AMSACon2022. These invites will include information on who you will be meeting with and a zoom link to join the meeting.
On April 7 our AMSACon 2022 Town Hall & Legislative Visits Debrief session will be held from 9:00am to 12:00pm(E). Join AMSA members in-person and on-line for lively discussion with Q/A with key congressional leaders. Afternoon skill-building sessions 1:00 to 4:00pm(E): Writing Letters-to-the-Editor, Creating Compelling Social Media, Growing Your Advocacy Network, and more.
You will sign-up to participate as a part of your AMSACon2022 registration. When you sign-up you will select the issue area you are interested in from among the AMSA Advocacy Priorities for 2021-2022: Access to Care, Medical Education Reform, and Reproductive Justice. Specific legislation we will be addressing will be determined in March based on where bills are currently at in the legislative process.
Deadline: you must register by Friday, March 18, 2022 at 11:59pm(E) to participate in AMSACon2022 Advocacy Action Days.
Whether this is your first legislative visit or you’re a pro our AMSACon2022 Advocacy Action Days are here for you! Lifting your voice to your congress members isn’t just an important practice in democracy – it’s a chance for you to advocate for the issues you care about, and ensure they hear from more than just corporate lobbyists and special interest groups. During our Advocacy Action Days you will build key skills that will serve you throughout your career. We will prepare you for your meetings with congressional officials, so that you can feel comfortable in your advocacy skills; we can even connect you with an AMSA Advocacy Coach if you’d like.
As future physicians, advocating for our patients and communities is a responsibility that we should exercise throughout our careers. The power and the privilege that comes from donning our white coats gives us a unique opportunity to influence policymakers. Since health policy is so broad, our work doesn’t stop here–having relationships with the offices of our elected officials throughout our training and our careers will help to advance the issues we care about. So let’s get started! Register Here