Promoting Preventive Medicine Policy in the AMA
ACPM is a leading advocate for public health and prevention policy within the American Medical Association (AMA). AMA policy is developed through a democratic process that brings together informed viewpoints on issues important to physicians and the patients they serve. The seat of AMA policy making is the AMA House of Delegates, where state, local and specialty society representatives set policy through a consensus-building process. The end result is the creation of policies that direct AMA's immediate work activities, as well as provide progress toward reaching AMA’s long-term vision.
As a national medical specialty society credentialed in the House of Delegates (HoD), ACPM is able to sponsor and advocate for resolutions and other policy recommendations for adoption by organized medicine. In addition, ACPM coordinates and participates in the AMA’s Section Council on Preventive Medicine.
As an organization, ACPM may choose to sponsor or co-sponsor policy resolutions at AMA’s House of Delegates (HoD) semi-annual meetings. With delegate status in the AMA HoD, ACPM can introduce and advocate for preventive medicine-related policies for organized medicine. As a member of the AMA Section Council on Preventive Medicine, ACPM can work with other preventive medicine specialty societies and public health organizations on joint advocacy for AMA policies. Below are a list of resolutions currently pending before the HoD and an archive of resolutions submitted to the HoD since AMA’s 1999 Interim Meeting.
Section Council on Preventive Medicine
The official role of the Section Council on Preventive Medicine (SCPM), as with other section councils of AMA, is to provide a caucus for the specialty societies in related areas, in this case those areas committed to advancement of one or more of the specialty areas of preventive medicine. The SCPM is dedicated to help AMA establish, promote, and implement strengthened preventive medicine policies, practices, and activities, and to encourage and facilitate cooperation among the SCPM’s component organizations and other related organizations and individuals interested in and committed to the objectives of preventive medicine.
The section council is governed by a set of Rules and Operating Procedures (bylaws). More specific rules of operation and conduct of business for the SCPM are outlined in the Modus Operandi. Currently, there are eight participating organizations in the SCPM.