Physicians see firsthand the effects health policy can have on a community and likely have at least one issue they feel passionate about, such as creating safe streets, addressing food deserts, licensing direct primary care, or ensuring safe drinking water.
Changing health policy can sound daunting, but you don’t have to do it all yourself by authoring legislation, writing a big check, or running for office. There’s something simpler you can do to make a difference: Lend your voice and perspective as a physician.
You will likely find that, as a physician, you’re a highly desirable ally for others who are trying to advance a health policy agenda. As you get more involved in your local community, and as others get to know you and your general passions, they will increasingly turn to you as a community physician to lend your voice to their issue. Often, most of the legwork will be done for you, and you can step in as a physician and make a positive community impact by joining a coalition, helping a community group, and being an advocate for others trying to advance a cause you support.
Read the full FPM article: “Practical Strategies to Achieve Your Health Policy Goals.”
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