August 21, 2019

Benjamin is a second year medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. Benjamin grew up in Orlando and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida with majors in Microbiology and Political Science and a minor in Health Disparities. He completed his Master of Public Health in 2018 at the George Washington University, concentrating in health policy and law. During his undergraduate years, Benjamin volunteered extensively in clinics for underserved patients and contributed to research that sought to address underrepresented populations for the Community Health Needs Assessment for Alachua County. Benjamin was also one of the founders of the North Central Florida chapter of the grassroots anti-poverty organization, RESULTS, leading efforts to help secure the passage of the READ Act and commitments by the United States to invest in global health efforts. During the 2017-2018 year, he received further advocacy and policy training through the REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship with RESULTS. Having served as an Advocacy Liaison since his first AMSA National Convention in 2016, Senior Advocacy and Policy Liaison and Health Equity Policy Coordinator in 2018, Benjamin is deeply passionate about leading AMSA advocacy to fight for health care rights and the future of health care in the United States and around the world. As the Health Policy Chair, he is committed to bringing attention to ways to advocate for protecting critical safety net health programs and rural health care, addressing the health needs of veterans, and expanding access to affordable care for underserved communities.