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58 SGIM Members Came to Washington, DC to Advocate for GIM

Answering the call to “Make Your Voice Heard,” on March 8, SGIM members from throughout the U.S. converged on Congress for face-to-face meetings with their senators, representatives and key congressional staff.

After a briefing the night before, 58 SGIM members took their message directly to Capitol Hill, lending their front-line experience on some of the big issues confronting lawmakers. SGIM members took part in 97 meetings with members of Congress and their staff, covering a range of topics from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and graduate medical education reform to research funding and health professions training.

By the end of SGIM’s Capitol Hill Day, lawmakers from 23 states had heard from their constituents.

Prior to their meetings, Capitol Hill Day participants took part in a webinar, where they were fully briefed on the most pressing issues facing general internists and their patients. And after a brief orientation by Jennifer Bracey, MD (Emory School of Medicine) and Erika Miller, JD (CRD Associates) the night before their meetings, attendees heard from SGIM member Eugene C. Rich, MD, FACP, Center Director, Mathematica Policy Research Center on Health Care Effectiveness.
 
Local Advocacy Initiatives: 

SGIM anticipates broad interest in advocacy this coming year in addition to Hill Day, SGIM’s health policy team will be supporting “Off the Hill” advocacy as well. Stay tuned for more information on how you can learn how to advocate on SGIM issues in your local area.  

Given how well-positioned SGIM members are to be effective patient, provider, and health system advocates, SGIM is committed to working creatively to support a range of opportunities for policy engagement. Please join us in these important efforts!

Quick Start Guide to Local Advocacy

 

 

Supplemental Materials for

Hill Day

Logistical information for Hill Day participants

Memo of Understanding

Background reading materials

View the Advocacy 101 Webinar
(the audio begins at the 2:40 minute mark)

Suggested tweets for social media Hill Day campaign

MACRA and Alternative Payment Models: What comes next?


​Leave Behind Materials

SGIM's advocacy positions are specified in these educational materials that members "leave behind" after Congressional meetings.  These documents provide an overview of SGIM's positions in a few different categories:

 

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SGIM MA Delegation with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Rhea-Powell-Hill-day-2016-web.jpgSGIM PA Delegation in front of ​Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr's office (D-PA)

View Hill Day 2016 on Storify