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Health Policy and Legislative Affairs
Welcome to the National Health Policy and Legislative Affairs (HPLA) Committee webpage!
Here, you will find a variety of resources ranging from official SNMA policy statements to our guide to student advocacy, the Mobilize and Activate Advocacy Manual. Our committee has a strong passion for advocacy efforts, so throughout the year you will also be able to read here about any advocacy initiatives we are working on and would love to have you get involved with!
Our committee is also tasked with the important goal of providing educational opportunities focused on health policy and structural competency. To that end, we organize various webinars hosted by strong leaders from other organizations regarding the issues we identify as “hot-topics” that the SNMA should be aware of. Feel free to check that out in our “Announcements” section.
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you back soon!
& Justin Anderson
HPLA Co-Chairs, 2019-2020
November 8, 2019 - U.S. Senate Proposed Elimination of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) SNMA President's Statement
Dear SNMA family and friends,
The HPLA is organized into four national subcommittees, with each subcommittee charged with their own mission and tasks:
FINANCES & GRANTS
Responsible for committee fundraising and administering the biannual Health Policy & Advocacy (HPA) grant. Chair 2019-2020: (HPLAfinances@snma.org)
Responsible for HPLA programming for Regional Medical Conferences (RMEC), National Advocacy Forum (NAF), and Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC), including the annual poster forum. Chair(s) 2019-2020: Christy Nwankwo & Siddiqui (HPLAconference@snma.org)
MEMBERSHIP EDUCATION & COMMUNICATIONS
Responsible for SNMA advocacy opportunities, membership education for health policy and structural competency, and the HPLA fellowship program. Chair(s) 2019-2020: Katie Bernal & Daryl Turner (HPLA Vice Chairs; HPLAvice@snma.org)
Responsible for the creation, revision, and distribution of the National policy statements and SNMA’s response to current events and liaising with other student-led medical organizations as well as the AMA and NMA in addressing current events and policy changes. Chair(s) 2019-2020: Kelley Butler (HPLAstatements@snma.org)
The goals of the HPLA include:
SNMA MOBILIZE & ACTIVATE ADVOCACY MANUAL
Not sure about the policies on advocating on the behalf of the SNMA? Please check out our organization's advocacy guide, Mobilize and Activate, which goes over limitations as a 501(c)3 organization and protocols for advocacy work and responses to current events!
The SNMA is proud to join the #MedOuttheVote campaign with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Citizen Physicians, and other healthcare provider and student organizations. Our vote as healthcare providers and students is so important, so take the pledge at www.medoutthevote.org. If you're interested in finding out how to coordinate a voter registration drive at your institution, send us an email at email@example.com!
HEALTH POLICY & ADVOCACY GRANT
***The Spring 2020 Grant Application is now OPEN!***
DUE: March 15, 2020 @ 5 PM EST
The Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee (HPLA) is excited to announce our bi-annual grant to provide financial assistance to SNMA and MAPS chapters interested in developing policy and advocacy projects! There is one grant available each Fall and Spring. Chapter projects should align with the mission and goals of the SNMA and should ideally relate to one of the efforts coordinated by HPLA. For more information, email HPLAFinances@snma.org.
HPLA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
***The 2019-2020 application cycle is now CLOSED!***
[check back in June 2020 for the 2020-2021 application cycle]
The SNMA HPLA Fellowship is designed to provide select individuals, particularly those with an interest in Health Policy and Advocacy, exposure to health policy from the perspective of a non-profit organization as well as the experience of organizing an advocacy project.This program offers the opportunity to gain a more thorough understanding of a medical career in health policy and an introduction to current health policy, grassroot efforts, and critical health policy issues. It is the aim of this program to develop leaders in the Student National Medical Association that will influence the future of healthcare through advocacy and activism efforts that will systematically address the inequities faced by underserved communities. Questions can be sent to HPLAfellowship@snma.org and cc firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Fellows (2019-2020):
SNMA POLICY STATEMENTS
Members of the HPLA Committee develop policy statements on key public health issues related to the mission of the Student National Medical Association. Proposed policy statements are peer-reviewed and only become official SNMA policy after approval from the SNMA Board of Directors.Our policy statements are used to represent the position of the SNMA on specific public health issues and highlight major health disparities in the country and globally.
Current Policy Statements:
HPLA Needs YOU!
The national Health Policy & Legislative Affairs committee aims 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 email@example.com.
UPCOMING HPLA WEBINARS
November 19, 2019: "Resiliency" with Brian Williams, MD
PAST HPLA WEBINARS