VMS Advocacy Day 2018 Huge Success!!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first annual VMS Advocacy Day at the Statehouse in Montpelier Thursday, March 29th! VMS members started the day with a VMS Education & Research Foundation advocacy training called "Leadership: Influence, Power & Politics,"  presented by Linda Peters. The training focused on advocacy strategies Vermont clinicians can employ to influence health care policy changes on the state and local level. Mid-day, members went to the Statehouse to hone their new advocacy skills, and met with Lt. Governor Dave Zuckerman, testified in legislative committees and met with individual lawmakers at the VMS-hosted legislative reception entitled the “Face of Health Care in Vermont.” The conversations were meaningful and effective and we thank everyone for their valuable contribution. Jessa Barnard, Executive Director of VMS, summarized the day and said, “As you can see the breadth of the health care policies our members care about is far-reaching, but at the end of the day, it comes down to better patient care. In order to better treat their patients, physicians and physician assistants need consistent funding for primary care, support for opioid addiction and gun violence prevention, and representation on the Green Mountain Care Board.” ACTION: VMS would like to hear what you liked about this event and what you would change next year. Please email your comments to Jill at jsudhoffguerin@vtmd.org

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