Are you interested in influencing the policy process and improving Family Medicine in Massachusetts? By participating in the MassAFP Key Contact program, you can help the Academy make its mark on legislation considered and passed by the State Legislature.
The MassAFP Key Contact Program is a strategic grassroots advocacy program designed to help the MassAFP build strong, on-going relationships with legislators across the Commonwealth. The program allows the MassAFP to identify family physician members who personally know their legislators and help develop those relationships to increase the Academy's influence in the legislative process.
The Key Contact program also provides the MassAFP with a list of physician members who are knowledgeable in specific issue areas and are willing to meet with elected officials or testify at legislative committee hearings.
MassAFP Key Contacts need to be committed advocates who are willing and available to participate as leaders in the MassAFP's advocacy program. Typically, a Key Contact is someone who:
Has an established relationship with a state legislator (or wants to establish a relationship);
Has a comfort level engaging in intense advocacy activities; and/or
Has a understanding of the legislative process and how it can impact health care policy
For further information on the Program or to become a Key Contact, please complete this online form. You may also download the form here and return it to Joshua when complete.
Your influence is needed! Get informed and get involved using Speak Out, a grassroots advocacy tool that helps you contact your Legislator on important issues relating to Family Medicine. Speak Out provides you with talking points, personalized message templates, legislative alerts and updates, information on current legislation and tools to help you find your local officials.
2017 Family Medicine Advocacy Day was held April 6th at Union Club, 8 Park St, Boston, MA 02108.
Help make an impact in the legislative process. Plan to join fellow MassAFP physician members, Family Medicine residents and medical students throughout the Commonwealth at the upcoming Family Medicine Advocacy Day in Boston, Thursday, April 6 beginning at 12:30pm.
This exciting afternoon will start by gathering together at the Union Club before going to the State House. We will hear MassAFP's government relations team from Rasky Partners provide an overview of the afternoon's activities, insight into pressing legislative issues and bills to address with legislators that day, and share helpful advocacy tips.
The preparation time will also include an orientation with guidance on how to focus talking points on current issues, the use of personal anecdotes, and how to convey personal medical expertise. MassAFP members will then depart for the State House visits - all meetings will be scheduled for you. There will also be a wrap-up/debriefing following legislative appointments.
Prepare for a Successful Meeting To help you prepare for the afternoon appointments, we have prepared a brief guide to advocacy that will give you some basic guidance to help ensure a successful visit. You are also encouraged to check out the free online resources provided by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).
Your participation will help strengthen Family Medicine Advocacy Day - we hope to see you there!