Raising our Voices for Access to Healthcare!
Thursday, February 23, 2017
We believe that all women deserve access to quality, affordable healthcare–in the US and around the world. Healthcare is a human right, and that that healthcare encompasses all women’s health services–including family planning and reproductive health. With this in mind this year’s advocacy day will focus on Access to Care for Women–At Home and Around the World. We will be advocating broadly for sustained funds and support for vital women’s health providers–providing primary care in addition to family planning services–such as Planned Parenthood, and specifically supporting the EACH Woman Act–which ensures coverage for abortion for every woman, however much she earns or however she is insured. To address women’s health on a global scale we will be advocating for the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, which proposes reforms that hold USAID accountable for a smarter and more effective approach to saving more lives of women and children.
Both of these pieces of legislation are important in the overall goal of improving access to health care for all women.
Check out our Advocacy Day resources below including lobbying basics, background on each of the pieces of legislation we will be following, and logistics information for the day of the rally.
E-mail AMSA’s Education and Advocacy Fellow, Matt Moy, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information and with any questions you may have.
And if you have not already–Register for AMSA Advocacy Day and National Convention
Read about how a bill becomes a law, researching your elected official, and how to arrange and carry out a lobby meeting
How a bill becomes a law
Check out this great video from AAFP for more information about Congress and how a bill becomes a law
Getting to Know your Elected Official
Check out these resources to find out more about your elected official!
Keeping up with Legislation
Use the site below to track legislation before and after advocacy day!
Meeting with Elected Officials
Save the ACA
Protect DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and support the BRIDGE Act
Fight Growing Student Debt!
Protecting Planned Parenthood Funding
Learn more about how you can advocate to protect essential funds for primary care and reproductive healthcare services.
Maps of Capitol Hill, Metro Tips, and more
Advocacy Day Schedule of Events–coming soon (tentative schedule can be found here)
Advocacy Day Follow-up Instructions–coming soon
Links to partner pages:
Become an AMSA Advocacy Liaison!
The Advocacy Liaison position is for students planning to come to Advocacy Day who would like to take on an additional leadership role. Liaisons will meet virtually in February for an online webinar and discussion followed by a visit in their home district to prepare them for Advocacy Day. They will then be available on advocacy day itself to help new advocates tackle their first lobbying experience and to step in when needed to offer additional support.
You can become an Advocacy Liaison by indicating so on your registration for advocacy day. You will be contacted by the Education and Advocacy Fellow in mid-February about future sessions and preparation. If you have already registered for advocacy day simply go to national convention registration and log in. You should find a page to modify your registration. From here you may click on “Adjust this Registration” which will take you to a page where you can add the advocacy liaison option. Please add the requested additional information and return to the main page and click the “Pay” button to complete the registration (there is no charge, and you will see the total as $0.00).
AMSA Advocacy Liaisons will receive a special $199 registration rate (after refund). Once you have indicated you would like to be a liaison and have registered for convention, you will receive a refund (if necessary) of any rate you paid over the $199 fee.
Deadline: The deadline for this opportunity has passed for this year.
Please contact Matt Moy, email@example.com, with further questions.