Health & Public Policy Committee Presents:
This is a series of listening sessions on the following dates:
ACP Members, Fellows, Masters & Residents: Thursday, October 8th
6PM – 7PM via Zoom Meeting
Our current experience facing both the global COVID 19 pandemic and social unrest stemming from racial injustice especially in the form of Black people dying at the hands of police has created a unique opportunity for advocacy efforts. More people are out of work and as a consequence have lost employment-based insurance. More people depend on SNAP (food stamps), unemployment insurance, and stimulus checks to get by. More children and families will be affected by the negative stress of virtual schooling that disproportionately leaves behind people experiencing poverty. More people are experiencing the detrimental effects of both COVID 19 and the effects of social and physical isolation on mental health and other chronic disease conditions. Placing this in the context of broader societal challenges such as ongoing issues of firearm violence and climate change, we must realize that there ar crucial opportunities for advocacy. Your role as a physician advocate is powerful because you bear witness to suffering and inequity every day and you are broadly viewed as reasoned and thoughtful voice on policy.
Join your colleagues in WA ACP as we gather to learn more about ACP’s recent Annals paper on state-based anti-racism guidelines (as well other ACP position papers), review the updated ACP tele-advocacy resources, and spend time listening to you and your peers in internal medicine residency/fellowships about how WA ACP’s Health and Public Policy Committee can facilitate the advocacy in action you hope to see in Washington.
*Registration is required for this free event*