On April 4, 2014, over 80 physicians and friends of medicine attended a Regional Grassroots and Campaign Seminar in Columbus, Ohio, co-hosted by AMPAC and the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA). The Seminar was held in advance of OSMA’s annual meeting and was part of OSMA’s 12th Annual Education Symposium.
The Seminar began with an update on ACA implementation from OSMA’s Senior Director of Government Relations Tim Maglione. Next AMPAC faculty member Stephanie Vance gave participants concrete methods for increasing their effectiveness as grassroots activists. Attendees were urged to adopt “S.M.A.R.T” (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals for their advocacy efforts. Ms. Vance also led the participants through several lobbying exercises using a 7-step message formula for advocacy success. AMA Regional Political Director John Sweeney concluded the Seminar with real-world tips on how physicians can be more effective in the political arena as campaign volunteers and fundraisers.
Initial reports indicate that the Seminar was well-received: 63% of attendees strongly agreed (31% agreed) on the value of the session for them and 56% strongly agreed (41% agreed) that they would be able to apply what they learned in their advocacy careers. The Seminar with OSMA was the fourth of at least eight Seminars scheduled with state societies so far in 2014. The next Seminar will be held with the Medical Society of the State of New York on April 10 in Tarrytown, New York.