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Opposition to the 21st Century Cures Draft Legislation

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media May 21, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Dear Members of the United States House of Representatives: The undersigned organizations represent healthcare providers, clinical researchers, public health experts, and consumer advocates. We thank you for this opportunity to comment on the 21st Century Cures draft legislation. Acknowledging the need for increased discovery, development, and distribution of new treatments for a variety of diseases, […]

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Criticism of NEJM’s Defense of Industry-Physician Relations

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media May 20, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Written by Susan Molchan, MD, a psychiatrist in the Washington, DC, area and member of the NPA FDA Task Force In the first of a series of pieces, New England of Journal of Medicine national correspondent Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum wrote, “Reconnecting the Dots – Reinterpreting Industry-Physician Relations.” (You really should read this piece to get […]

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NPA May 27 Webinar: The Cost of Gun Violence & Financing the Gun Industry

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management May 18, 2015 at 12:39 PM

The Cost of Gun Violence & Financing the Gun Industry  Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9 pm (EST) Click here to RSVP Featured Speakers: Jennifer Fiore, Campaign to Unload, Executive Director Campaign to Unload, a national coalition of 50 organizations working to end the power of the corporate gun lobby through divestment from gun manufacturers. Campaign to Unload – Watch short […]

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Tragedy Turns to Promise of Positive Change

Posted by Ricky Choi, MD, MPH, NPA Board Member May 16, 2015 at 12:05 AM

One year ago this week, a 22 year old man with a known history of mental health problems murdered 7 and wounded 13 on the streets of Isla Vista near Santa Barbara, California. From tragedy came progress as the California legislature passed the country’s first gun violence restraining order months later. This law empowers family […]

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Closing Loopholes in Background Checks

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media May 15, 2015 at 9:25 AM

Written by Kristin Huntoon, PhD, DO, Ohio State University Neurological Surgery Oregon this past Monday became the eighth state to expand criminal background checks to include all private gun sales, including transactions on the Internet, when Governor Kate Brown signed the bill into law. New research, released this past February by the American Bar association, […]

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Health Journalist Gary Schwitzer Joins NPA Board of Directors

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Posted by William Jordan, MD, MPH, NPA President-Elect May 13, 2015 at 11:45 AM

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Gary Schwitzer to NPA’s board of directors. An award-winning health journalist with a profound commitment to unbiased, evidence-based reporting, Gary brings a wealth of shared values and communications experience to NPA’s leadership. Read Gary’s bio below, and do check out this recent article about his work at […]

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Guns & Community Health

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media April 29, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Written by Ramon S. Cancino, MD, MSc The community health center where I work is committed to improving the health of the population of patients we serve. The health center has continually assessed the community to find gaps in what we as physicians, nurse practitioners, and behavioral health staff can provide. When we find gaps, […]

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Training Physicians to Think Broadly About Health and Wellness

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media April 22, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Written by Aaron Fox, MD, MS. Dr. Fox is an assistant professor of medicine and a clinician-investigator in the division of general internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center; Co-director of the Bronx Transitions Clinic; and NPA Copello Health Advocacy Fellow. Every Saturday morning, I see patients at the Bronx […]

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IOM’s GME Report & the Fight for the Soul of Medicine – a webinar with Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management April 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM

The NPA policy committee was honored to have Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan join us a guest speaker on April 28st for a special discussion of the Institute of Medicine’s recent, controversial report on graduate medical education (GME).  Dr. Mullan was a lead author for this report on the future of residency and fellowship education. Controversial recommendations […]

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Will We Accept the Challenge?

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management April 18, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Written by Tobie Smith, MD, MPH, NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce Co-Chair “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue.” – Dr. Vivek Murthy, Oct 16, 2012 This tweet sparked a political controversy that nearly derailed the confirmation of Dr. Murthy as […]

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