Advocacy happens at all levels ­– medical school, local, state, regional, national, and even global – and medical students have a powerful voice. Students are the future of the health care system, and policy- and decision-makers often recognize and value that perspective. Organizing your FMIG around issues important to family medicine as well as those your group is passionate about can result in great benefits for your cause and for your members.

Here are a few resources that can help:

Affordable Care Act PowerPoint Presentation(40 page PPTX)
Bring your FMIG members up to speed on health care reform. Invite a faculty member or physician expert from your area to present on the Affordable Care Act and health care reform. Download the customizable presentation “Why Health Care Reform Matters: Preparing for Practice in an Evolving Health Care System,” which includes facts and analysis of the law and its effects, especially on primary care and family medicine. The presentation is completely customizable, so your speaker can make it his or her own, and it includes speakers’ notes and reference material.

Grassroots Advocacy Resources
Communicate directly to national policymakers on key health care issues.

Advocacy Fact Sheet(2 page PDF)
Looking for more information about advocacy and your FMIG? This handout explains how you can get involved in advocacy at the local and national levels. It also highlights the reasons why advocacy efforts are important.

Advocacy Videos

Stephanie Vance, the "Advocacy Guru," spoke to FMIGs about advocating at the local level on September 18, 2009.  View the videos and audio from the webinar below.