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  • Your Guide to Grassroots Action

    The nation's largest independent medical student organization, AMSA, has amazing members who are constantly working on local and national projects that benefit their patients and the medical community. AMSA's core values lie in fighting for social justice, and in empowering future physicians to change the world.

    Planning a project for this coming academic year? Here is your guide to grassroots action! You will find comprehensive resources for organizing and executing a strategic campaign. These documents provide step-by-step guides to organizing around an issue, creating influential and effective lobbying materials, and getting the message out to those who will effect change. You will find the tactics you will need, whether you are targeting the media, Congress, state legislators, or even fellow medical students.

    For more information or questions, contact AMSA's Grassroots Organizing team. This team consists of leadership representing the following areas surrounding Grassroots organizing:

    • Wellness & Student Life
    • Community and Environmental Health
    • Global Health
    • Gender and Sexuality
    • Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Health
    • Medical Professionalism

    Recommended Reading:

    Community Development: Basic Pointers
    This document was developed by the 2010-2011 Health Justice Fellow, Sonia Lazreg, to guide organizers through the initial process of building a network of allies within a community. Sonia can be reach at hjf@amsa.org.

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