The second cohort of MAFP’s Advocacy and Leadership Development Program convened in downtown Lansing on Friday, December 7, to gather tools and tips for effective advocacy. The program, supported by a grant from AAFP Foundation through the Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium, is part of MAFP's strategic goal of expanding the Academy's grassroots advocacy efforts.
Over the course of the day-long immersion program, 17 members—including Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents, and medical students—learned from a distinguished line-up of experts on media relations, delivering an effective message to different audiences, the fundamentals of leadership, campaign finance rules and regulations. and navigating the state legislative and budget processes.
To close out the day, each participant identified an issue of interest he/she would like to focus advocacy efforts on in 2019. Participants are now tasked with developing action plans they will implement in the coming months to guide their work.
"Excellent program overall! I really appreciated the broad overview of the legislative process and how we, as Family Docs, can get involved in this process through tangible actions," said Timothy Tellez, MD, University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine.