AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title The AMSA Legislative Forum
Project type(s) Other
Date completed 11/2004
Chapter Arizona State University
Project Coordinator Benny Esparra
Summary of project The University of Arizona College of Medicine's Lobbying Director was the keynote speaker at the Forum. Students learned about various issues in health policy and how to lobby in the political offices. They wrote letters and made calls to Congress on issues such as Title IV funding. Students discussed major differences between the Presidential candidates in the 2004 election and compared their views to AMSA's priorities. The New Voter's Project participated in assisting member voter registration. Members then volunteered to register other students on campus.

Content area N/A
Number of participants 20
Participant hours involved 40 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
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Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost $50
Project funding Local chapter funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising School Newspaper, Undergraduate Student Government, website.
PROJECT EVALUATION
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(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
4
Lessons/suggestions Legislative Activism is difficult for many premeds to grasp. Many of the issues are over their heads. Suggestions: Create a Chapter Legislative Representative position so that the members can gradually be educated on this area of AMSA activism. Find a

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Comments Legislative Activism is a very important part of premedical student awareness and differentiates AMSA from other pre-health clubs. Introducing the concept sets a stage for more passionate political involvement in medical school. After our Legislative Pr