On February 26, 2014 AMPAC conducted a Seminar with Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) in Frankfort, KY. Over 50 physicians, residents, students, spouses and state and county staff attended. The Seminar coincided with KMA’s Physicians’ Day at the Capitol in Frankfort. After a morning of visits with state lawmakers on key issues like liability reform and smoke free workplaces and public spaces, KMA members returned for the Seminar. AMPAC faculty member Stephanie Vance provided attendees with a checklist for effective advocacy communication with lawmakers on the local, state or federal level. Role-playing exercises also provided practical opportunities to reinforce the development of advocacy communication skills. Jim Wilson of AMA staff reviewed resources for physician involvement in grassroots lobbying and also discussed discrete activities physicians can undertake on the campaign trail—as Get-Out-the-Vote specialists and fundraisers—to enhance medicine’s political influence.
The Seminar was very well-received by KMA members. The February Seminar is the second of at least six Seminars scheduled thus far in 2014. 96% of participants strongly agreed (83%) or agreed (13%) that the session enabled them to utilize new communication techniques with legislators. The Seminar with KMA was the second of seven Seminars AMPAC will co-host with state societies in 2014