On April 4, 2014, over 80 physicians and friends of medicine attended a Regional Grassroots and Campaign Seminar co-hosted by AMPAC and the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA). The Seminar was held in advance of OSMA’s Annual Meeting and 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.
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 seven AMPAC co-hosted in 2014.