VMS 2021 Advocacy Month
Are you passionate about health care policy issues? Fired up about public health? Do you have ideas of regulations that will support your health care practice or your patients? Do you know your lawmakers? Are you curious about how you craft a successful advocacy message?
This February, join VMS as we will host four weeks of virtual advocacy actions on each Thursday of the month. Feel free to pick and choose the actions you participate in and we will also provide you with Advocacy tools you can access at anytime.
Now more than ever, VMS member voices are critical to improving care for Vermonters, Vermont’s health care system and your practice environment.
- Feb. 4th- Join the Vermont House and Senate in recognizing the dedication of Vermont’s health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Feb.11th- Participate in an Advocacy training with legislative leaders and physician advocacy experts.
- Feb. 18th- Register for our Race and Health Equity webinar for screening tools that promote anti-racism.
- Feb. 25th- Engage in our Town Hall discussion with our invited Congressional delegation.
Join the Vermont House and Senate in a virtual ceremony recognizing the dedication of Vermont’s health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific time of the event available soon.
Please join us for an Advocacy training that will help you hone your message.
Whether you are being interviewed by the media, testifying in the Vermont Statehouse or serving on a health reform advisory group, we can give you simple tools to help you craft cogent, effective communication strategies.
Our training will be framed by three VMS policy priorities and relevant 2021 legislation:
1. Access to Reproductive Health
2. Injury Prevention
3. Mental Health
Our training will start with a panel in which Vermont House and Senate legislative leaders will tell you what messaging is effective for them: Do they want to hear real-life stories? or are they looking for evidence-based data to form their position? How do they form their own messaging when they are campaigning or seeking support on a bill?
You will also hear from VMS member colleagues who have led press conferences, changed votes through testimony and written attention-grabbing Op-eds.
These VMS member colleagues will then lead breakouts in which you will choose an issue area and:
1. Craft your elevator pitch
2. Practice delivering your elevator pitch
3. Learn how to write successful opinion pieces and become media savvy
This training will help you develop life-long messaging skills to help you in all of your leadership roles.
Feb. 18th 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Race & Health Equity Webinar
COVID-19 has exposed health inequities that exist not only in our nation, but right here in Vermont. Please join Rebecca Bell, M.D., pediatric intensivist at UVMMC, for a discussion on the Race and Health Equity Task Force created by the AAP Vermont Chapter earlier this summer. The task force has focused on:
- Guidance and resources for practices working towards creating a culturally safe medical home
- Resources for families experiencing racism and screening tools and guidance for pediatricians
- Guidance and resources for families to promote anti-racism
This session will provide resources for medical professionals, like you, to help change these harmful dynamics!
Feb. 25th - 12:30 - 1:30pm Town Hall discussion with invited Congressional delegation
During the AMA National Advocacy Conference Week, the VMS has invited Rep. Peter Welch, Senator Leahy and Senator Sanders to a virtual Town Hall discussion regarding the latest COVID-19 relief bill and benefits for Vermont health care clinicians.