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From: Jeffrey Huebner <>
To: AMSA Health Policy SC <>
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2000 6:44 PM
Subject: [healthpolicy] CONVENTION Line-Up

Hi everyone,

I'd like to let all of you know about the incredible lineup of speakers and events at this year's AMSA national convention, March 15-19, 2000 in Washington, DC. As many of you probably know, the theme of the convention is "Speak up America! Health Care is our Right." In addition, this year's convention marks AMSA's 50th Anniversary, so it should prove to be one of the more celebratory conventions ever. In addition, many AMSA alumni have been invited to share their enthusiasm, experiences, and wisdom.

Thursday, March 16 will be extra special because we'll hold a rally, lobby day, and Congressional reception focused on the issue of universal access to health care. This issue has become especially visible in the 2000 election campaigns as the number of uninsured (44 million) continues to grow despite the booming economy.

If you can shout and yell, you'll have no problems at the rally. I'd like to emphasize that you need not have any previous experience lobbying to participate. We'll provide information and lobbying workshops beforehand to help. Please tell your classmates this! At the Congressional reception, you'll be able to eat and mingle with Congressional members and staff, and we'll also present awards to Congressional members with exceptional records on health care issues.

Here's the lineup then, brought to you by the Standing Committee on Health Policy and the Legislative Affairs Director

Wednesday, March 15
Pamela Mareldo, RN, Ph.D., Columbia University, Past President, Planned
Parenthood Federation of America
Topic Women's Health Policy Issues
Lori Love, MD, pad, Food and Drug Administration
Topic Regulation of Dietary Supplements

Thursday, March 16
Rally @ US Capitol for Universal Health Care
Lobby Visits @ US Capitol
Congressional Reception @ US Capitol

Friday, March 17
Paul Jung, MD, PGIII, MetroHealth (Cleveland, OH) and 1996-97 AMSA
Legislative Affairs Director.
Topic A Century of Failure, Health Policies and Politics, 1910-1999
Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, former Assistant Surgeon General and Director of the National Health Service Corps.
Topic The Muscular Samaritan, Ideas for Expanding the National Health Service Corps

Saturday, March 18
Sidney Wolfe, MD, Public Citizen
Topic Physician Activism and Public Health
Mr. Chris Jennings, Assistant to President Clinton, Director of Health Policy (Invited)
Topic Proposals for Improved Coverage of Pharmaceuticals
Careers in Health Policy, a Panel of Physician Leaders
Quentin Young, MD, Physicians for a National Health Program and Past President, American Public Health Association
Anthony So, MD, MPP, Rockefeller Foundation
Barbara Brookmeyer, MD, MPH, US Department of Health and Human Services
Paul Jung, MD, PGIII and former AMSA Legislative Affairs Director

As you can see, we have a dynamite lineup of speakers and many opportunities for interaction with physician leaders. I hope you can make it. Please publicize the AMSA convention to your chapters.

See you in March,

Jeff Huebner, Chair, AMSA Standing Committee on Health Policy

Speak Up, America! Health Care Is Our Right.
AMSA's 50th Anniversary
National Convention March 15-19, 2000