[People] Community Programs Come Together for Advocacy Day 2017

EM1HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd attending the 2017 Advocacy Day Conference at the Minnesota State Capitol last month

The emergency medicine residency programs at Regions Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center partnered for the 2017 Emergency Medicine Residency Advocacy Day on March 23 at the Minnesota State Office Building.

The event was attended by emergency medicine residents and faculty from Regions Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota medical students, HealthPartners leaders, and lawmakers. Drew Zinkel, MD, and Felix Ankel, MD, introduced students and residents to advocacy leaders and emphasized the importance of advocacy.

Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners spoke to the residents about HealthPartners’ patient-centered priorities and how our mission, vision, and values guide policy and agenda.  She provided an update on current initiatives that are HealthPartners’ priorities in the legislature and also emphasized on the need for involvement from healthcare professionals in public policy.

Advocacy day was started in 2008, to educate and inform emergency medicine residents about policy and legislation that affect both patients and medical professionals. It has served as an opportunity for residents to learn about advocacy and to share ideas directly with lawmakers.

Senators Scott Jensen, MD (R) and Matt Klein, MD (DFL), both first term senators with a special interest in health care reform, shared their experience of being policymakers as well as medical professionals.  Senator Jensen has a BA and MD from the University of Minnesota and MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He’s the founder of the Catalyst Medical Clinic in Watertown, MN and serves as Vice Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee and member of the Higher Education Finance and Policy, Human Services Reform Finance and Policy, and Transportation Finance and Policy Committees. Senator Klein has a BS from the University of Wisconsin, MD from Mayo Medical School and completed his residency at HCMC. Senator Klein is a hospitalist at Hennepin County Medical Center and also serves on the Capital Investment, Health and Human Services Finance and Policy and Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committees.

Ramnik Dhaliwal, MD, Hennepin County Medical Center, presented an update from American College of Emergency Physicians Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC. The presentation informed residents about the current state of policy at national and state level, as well as policy changes and how they affect emergency medicine residents and patients.

Members of the HealthPartners Government Relations team provided additional insight and updates from the legislature for the residents. Following the session, residents had an opportunity for a one on one session with their choice of legislators.

The event was made possible in part by the Mark Bernas Endowment and Regions Hospital Foundation.

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