Member, AMPAC Board of Directors
Miriam tries to live by her grandma’s saying “always leave a place better than when you found it.”
Miriam (Mia) Rienstra-Bareman was appointed to the AMPAC board in 2018. She serves on the Congressional Review Committee and the Membership Fundraising Committee. She is a current third year at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Miriam grew up in Grand Rapids and attended Calvin College earning a BS in Biochemistry with a Psychology and Biology minor. After graduating, she pursued her MPH, which focused on healthcare systems. She spent time in Ghana studying malaria and community-based public health research.
With her interest in health policy & healthcare reform, she became heavily involved in the AMA after starting medical school, and fell in love with the AMA community. Miriam served as her AMA chapter recruitment and advocacy chair, and as the advocacy director for her state society. She also sits on her county society board and serves on the AMA Membership, Recruitment, and Engagement Committee (MERC).
She has found her work with the AMA and AMPAC as the perfect way to use her passion for medicine, policy, and politics, to leave the world a better place. She hopes to help AMA members understand AMPACs important role and become engaged with their mission for the AMA.
Miriam lives with 2 cats, 1 dog, and 1 husband. She enjoys triathlon training, kung fu, baking, and bird watching.