AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Emergency Contraception Day of Action
Project type(s) Other
Date completed 10/2005
Chapter University of Wisconsin SOM & Public Health
Project Coordinator Ellen Selkie
Summary of project We worked with our chapter of Med Students for Choice on this project. Our day of action focused on a WI bill that would prohibit distribution of EC in University of Wisconsin clinics. We had a speaker from University Health Services come the day before to discuss the legislation, and then we held a postcard writing session so that people could contact legislators re: the bill. In addition, we had options for students to sign Sen. Clinton’s petition to the FDA re: Plan B, write to the FDA for the open comment period, and write to legislators about the Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals Act. Lunch was served at the talk.

Content area Women’s Health
Number of participants 75
Participant hours involved 20 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $50
Project funding Medical school funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Email, informational table—these were effective
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions It was very effective to have a speaker the day before the postcard campaign, so that people were fired up about the issue. However, it seemed that the other legislation we put forward was actually pushed aside; thus it would be better in the future to f