Future providers should begin their medical careers already civically engaged

As I go through my medical education, I realize more and more the impact that health policy has on a population’s health. Whether this is legislation that governs how providers practice, or legislation that determines how many people can afford care, what happens in Salem and in DC is extremely important to me as a future physician.  Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, and in the midst of severely tight budgets, many changes have occurred across Oregon in how care can be delivered. Oregon is a leader in devising innovative ways to expand coverage even with such a small budget, but politicians still need advice from those providing care. It is imperative that students become aware of the pivotal changes taking place in our health care system, as now more than ever legislation can help or hinder the work we will do to save lives. The earlier in our medical careers that we become civically engaged, the more positive change we will be able to enact.

I encourage students from all disciplines, as well as interested non-students, to attend the health policy symposium being held this weekend on The Hill. If you want to know more about the state of health care in Oregon, and if you want to have a voice in forming health policy, you might want to check it out!

Here is the info:

The Health Policy Interest Group, an interdisciplinary crowd of OHSU students, is holding the second annual Health Policy Symposium this Saturday, January 21st, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the School of Nursing auditorium.

Speakers include Bruce Goldberg, MD, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority, Sean Kolmer, MPH, health policy advisor to Governor Kitzhaber, and Erin Fair, MPH, JD, senior manager of State & Federal Regulatory Policy for CareOregon. At the end of the day participants will break up into small groups to meet with representatives of lobbyist organizations (including the OMA, ONA, and ODA), to hear specifically how they can become involved in shaping policy, especially in February’s legislative session.

Free breakfast and lunch catered by Chipotle will be provided for those who register for the event.

Sign up today! This is event could change the way you view healthcare for life. Students and non-students from any discipline are welcome.

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For any questions or concerns, contact me at babbel@ohsu.edu



Dani Babbel
Oregon Health and Science University
School of Medicine
Class of 2015