Are you interested in influencing the policy process and improving Family Medicine in Massachusetts? By participating in the MassAFP Key Contact program, you can help the Academy make its mark on legislation considered and passed by the State Legislature.
The MassAFP Key Contact Program is a strategic grassroots advocacy program designed to help the MassAFP build strong, on-going relationships with legislators across the Commonwealth. The program allows the MassAFP to identify family physician members who personally know their legislators and help develop those relationships to increase the Academy's influence in the legislative process.
The Key Contact program also provides the MassAFP with a list of physician members who are knowledgeable in specific issue areas and are willing to meet with elected officials or testify at legislative committee hearings.
MassAFP Key Contacts need to be committed advocates who are willing and available to participate as leaders in the MassAFP's advocacy program. Typically, a Key Contact is someone who:
- Has an established relationship with a state legislator (or wants to establish a relationship);
- Has a comfort level engaging in intense advocacy activities; and/or
- Has a understanding of the legislative process and how it can impact health care policy
Your influence is needed! Get informed and get involved using Speak Out, a grassroots advocacy tool that helps you contact your Legislator on important issues relating to Family Medicine. Speak Out provides you with talking points, personalized message templates, legislative alerts and updates, information on current legislation and tools to help you find your local officials.
Advocacy Day 2018
Thursday, April 12
Location: Union Club, 8 Park St, Boston, MA 02108
The exciting afternoon will start at 12:30pm by gathering together at the Union Club before heading to the State House. We will hear MassAFP leaders and our government relations team from Rasky Partners provide an overview of the afternoon's activities, insight into pressing legislative issues and bills to address with legislators that day, and share helpful advocacy tips.
The preparation time will also include an orientation with guidance on how to focus talking points on current issues, the use of personal anecdotes, and how to convey personal medical expertise. We'll then head over to the State House visits - all meetings will be scheduled for the attendees.
Union Club Appropriate Dress and Club Policies
"Business casual" (shirts with collar, dress slacks and non-athletic shoes for men and equivalent attire for women) is the minimum standard dress in the club house. Athletic attire is never appropriate. Specific attire may be required for special club events.
Cellular telephones may not be used in any area where other members or guests may hear or observe the conversation. If you find it necessary to use one, you may use the Governor Andrew Room or the phone booths located on the first floor.
2017 Family Medicine Advocacy Day was held April 6th at Union Club.
Click here to view photos from Advocacy Day 2017.
The exciting afternoon was started by gathering together at the Union Club before heading to the State House. We heard MassAFP's government relations team from Rasky Partners provide an overview of the afternoon's activities, insight into pressing legislative issues and bills to address with legislators that day, and share helpful advocacy tips.
The preparation time also included an orientation with guidance on how to focus talking points on current issues, the use of personal anecdotes, and how to convey personal medical expertise. MassAFP members then departed for the State House visits - all meetings were be scheduled for the attendees. After there was a wrap-up/debriefing following legislative appointments.
Your influence is needed! The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians encourages you to get informed and involved by calling, writing or emailing your Legislator on important issues relating to Family Medicine.
With the ever changing political landscape, we understand it can be difficult to keep informed on who your legislator is. Fortunately, Massachusetts has a quick and easy resource to help you locate your legislator.