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.

Become A Key Contact

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. 

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Two bills that seek to increase the number of family physicians training and practicing in Massachusetts were filed in the newly started legislative session in Massachusetts. MassAFP is strongly supportive of these bills and needs your help to give them the best chance of passage.
 
You can help the Academy advocate in support of these critical bills by asking your legislators to co-sponsors both bills.
 
We encourage you to take 5 minutes and contact the Representative and Senator representing the district where you live and ask them to sign-on as co-sponsors to House Docket 3036 sponsored by Rep. Kate Hogan and Senate Docket 1605 sponsored by Sen. Eric Lesser. It is most effective if you call their State House offices to make this request, but sending them an email is helpful too. We have provided you a platform through SpeakOut to facilitate this outreach. NOTE: It is extremely beneficial to explicitly state in either a phone call or email that you are a constituent of the legislator (i.e. you live in their district.) This will greatly increase the odds they are receptive to your request.
 
HD 3036 and SD 1605 are identical versions of the same bill. However, legislators have the opportunity to add their names as co-sponsors to both and you should request they do so.
  • An Act to Improve Access to Family Physicians HD 3036/SD 1605 This bill would create a state-run grant program to fund additional family medicine residency positions at the state’s existing five family medicine residency programs (up to five new positions a year.)  
Improving primary care access is a critical issue in Massachusetts and is the Massachusetts’ Academy’s legislative priority during the 2017-2018 session. While there are many issues with primary care access and numerous approaches to fixing the problems, we believe that HD 3036/SD 1605 is a targeted approach that will bring both short-term and long-term solutions to this pressing problem.
 
To make it easy, we've prepared a letter for you to send via the AAFP Speak Out tool. You can also choose to call your Senator or Representative and use the message in SpeakOut as talking points for a call. We encourage you to add a sentence or two with information about your practice and/or years in practice. Please send the letter now.

Thank you for your assistance in this critical matter.
 
 
Noah Rosenberg, MD
MassAFP Legislative Committee Chair
Zach Stanley
MassAFP Government Affairs Director

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2017 Family Advocacy Day will be 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 Baerlein 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.

Your participation will help strengthen Family Medicine Advocacy Day - we hope to see you there!

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