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Support Dr. Murthy’s Nomination for Surgeon General

Dr. Vivek Murthy

Posted by March 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

As you may be aware, Dr. Vivek Murthy’s confirmation to serve as the next U.S. Surgeon General is being threatened by pressure from the National Rifle Association, whose leaders are lobbying senators to oppose Vivek on the grounds of his support for common-sense approaches like background checks to address the public health crisis of gun […]

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NPA Strongly Supports Dr. Vivek Murthy for US Surgeon General


Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director March 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

The National Physicians Alliance strongly supports the confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as the next Surgeon General of the United States.  Dr. Murthy has demonstrated his personal commitment to our nation’s public health in myriad, powerful ways—among the most compelling of which is his outspoken leadership and physician organizing on behalf of patients. […]

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Preventing Gun Violence

Posted by March 11, 2014 at 9:07 PM

This past weekend I had the pleasure of speaking on a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence at the National Convention for the American Medical Students Association. The issue of gun violence is enormous one. 30,000 people in the United States are killed by gun violence and twice as many are injured every year. Evidence […]

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Just Medicine Fellowship Opportunity

Posted by March 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM

March 16th deadline fast approaching! The Just Medicine Fellowship — previously known as the PharmFree Fellowship — is a unique position for a physician-in-training to spend a few months augmenting their formal medical education training with the opportunity to delve deeply into critical issues relating to the impact and influence of the pharmaceutical and device […]

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Upcoming National Grand Rounds Event: “Agents of Change: Empowering Students to be Leaders in Conflict of Interest Policy Reform”

Posted by February 24, 2014 at 8:24 PM

FREE WEBCAST live online from the American Medical Student Association Conference in New Orleans. Tune in from your home or office for this free, live webcast session designed to inform and inspire medical students to act as leaders in the movement to reform medical school policy on Conflict of Interest (COI) in medical education. Join […]

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Posted by February 19, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I welcome the chance to tell NPA members a bit more about my health news watchdog service, NPA President Dr. Jim Scott and NPA Vice President of Communications Dr. Mark Ryan have welcomed this post given the common goals between the work of NPA and our work. I’ve been a health care journalist for […]

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Warning from Texas: Action Needed on Abortion Rights

Posted by February 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Written by Bich-May Nguyen, MD, MPH, a family physician practicing in Houston, TX and a 2013 NPA Copello Health Advocacy Fellow. As a woman and a family physician in Texas, I have found this past year disappointing. The state legislature continues to disrupt families’ lives with efforts to insert political ideology into the physician-patient relationship. […]

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Please Thank CVS/Caremark!

CVS Quits

Posted by February 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

In a bold, historic move, CVS/Caremark announced that they will stop selling tobacco products in their stores by October 2014. Our nation’s largest drugstore chain is setting an example for pharmacies across the country. CVS will also roll out a program this spring to help people quit smoking. This is change to celebrate! The NPA […]

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What is a Health Enrollment Navigator?

Posted by February 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

NPA board member Rachel DeGolia serves as a health navigator in Ohio, helping consumers understand and access their insurance options. On February 3rd, DeGolia spoke at a news conference in Cleveland with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to help raise awareness of enrollment navigators and to underscore […]

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Chi-raq: My Op/Ed in the Chicago Sun-Times

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director January 17, 2014 at 4:47 PM

The excerpt below is from an op-ed written by NPA Copello Fellow Kohar Jones, MD and cross-posted from her blog Prevention Not Prescription.  “Last summer, I learned about the epidemic of violence in Chicago through the eyes of high schoolers through my work with the University of Chicago Medicine’s Summer Service Partnership. All three neighborhood […]

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