Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director January 18, 2018 at 8:12 PM
NPA is excited to announce the 2018 class of NPA A. Gene Copello Health Advocacy Fellows.
The theme of this year’s fellowship is physician advocacy to address high drug prices. An issue thats at the top of the list of public concerns and one that we, as clinicians, see on a near daily basis. (Click here for more info on the NPA 2108 Copello Fellowship)
Ten amazing physicians have been selected with particular interest in identifying potential leaders in states where prospects for legislative action are favorable. They represent a broad swath of health care from primary care to subspecialties and hail from all periods of a medical career including residency and near retirement.
Fellows will analyze the range of policy options guided by pioneering work led by Reshma Ramachandran, MD, MPP, past NPA Copello Fellow and current NPA FDA Task Force Co-Chair, outlined in the report “Curbing Unfair Drug Prices: A Primer for States” released last summer by the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), in collaboration with the National Physicians Alliance and the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.
Additional issue education and support will be provided by experts at Public Citizen, a leading voice for consumer protections, high-quality, affordable health care, and lowering Rx drug prices, and other NPA partners and allies working for health justice.
Fellows will also be meeting with key policy makers on Capitol Hill for briefings and reports on drugs costs and efforts to make prescription medicine more affordable.
Throughout the fellowship, fellows will have a chance to hone their leadership, advocacy, and media skills, network with like-minded physician colleagues, and learn how to make their case most effectively with state and federal policy-makers. They will apply what they’ve learned at the state and national levels.
The 2018 Copello Fellowship co-directors are Steve Smith, MD, MPH, Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH, and Greg Lam, MD.