Congress has begun a busy work season, and so has the Academy, writes Shawn Martin in his latest In the Trenches Blog post. The AAFP's senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy says the Academy's strong engagement with key congressional committees on several family medicine priorities will gain even more traction when members add their voices to the effort.
The Academy this month called on Senate leaders to pass the Dream Act of 2019 (S. 874)(www.congress.gov). The legislation would help ensure “a culturally competent, diverse and prepared health and biomedical workforce" and lead to improved care and health equity for all Americans, said a letter signed by the AAFP and 69 other medical and academic organizations.
August's congressional recess provides Academy members a prime opportunity to build relationships with their legislators on their home turf and to champion family medicine one-on-one. Prepare to make a strong advocacy connection by viewing the Family Medicine Action Network's recent strategy webinar.