AMSA's AIDS Advocacy Network and Health Policy Action Committee invite your chapter to join our skill-building Webinar: "How to Run a Successful Lobby Visit" facilitated by Kaytee Riek, Campaign Manager at SumOfUs.
When: October 18th, 8 - 9:30 pm EST
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Do you want to use your voice to address the social determinants of health, but don't know how? We're here to help you and your chapter make a difference this year. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us
if we can support your chapter's policy work this year!
During this Webinar, Kaytee -- who has years of experience working on global and domestic AIDS advocacy, as well as corporate accountability campaigns-- will teach us why legislative visits are a key tool to affect policy and will take us through the essential steps for making a trip to your legislator's office a successful venture for your chapter and the issues you care about! Our goal is to have at least 50 AMSA legislative visits between now and the Annual Conference in March. Will you join us in this effort? Some Potential Issues Your Chapter Can Lobby On:
There's at least one major political battle that will be fought each year for the rest of our lives-- the federal budget. The budget makes a huge difference in our patients' lives and in the social determinants of health-- and this webinar will help you fight for lifesaving and health-sustaining programs. Some that we care deeply about are HIV programs in the US (eg Ryan White, Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS-HOPWA) and abroad (eg PEPFAR, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria), the overturn of the federal ban on syringe exchange funding, as well as housing support, food stamps, and many many others. This year there are special challenges given a budget "sequestration" plan that would cut programs across the board from around 8-10%, and may go into effect as soon as January 2nd. We have to stop the cuts to programs we care about and fight for increases in funding where needed.
There's also a Robin Hood Tax Campaign that needs co-sponsors in the House of Representatives (http://www.robinhoodtax.org/). This is a tax on Big Banks and Wall Street -- to help raise the revenue we need instead of forcing us to slash safety net programs due to "lack of funds". The National Nurses Union is very actively working on this campaign across the country, so you may be able to team up with them to work on this campaign.
The Trans Pacific Partnership is a raw trade deal that will severely weaken access to generic drugs in a number of low and middle income countries around the world. You can go to your officials and ask them to use their power to speak against it. Read more about this.
As constituents, your elected officials want to hear from you! Studies have shown that this is one of the most effective, tried-and-true ways to impact policy. So please gather up some of your classmates and RSVP to tune in as a group to this Webinar. Individuals can also attend, but there can only be 25 participants and groups will be given preference.