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Policy and Advocacy

ACPM advocates for public policies consistent with the scientific principles of preventive medicine and ACPM’s policy agenda. ACPM carries out its activities by:

  • Analyzing and responding to legislation, regulation, and policy related to preventive medicine;
  • Developing ACPM policy statements;
  • Educating policymakers about preventive medicine and public health issues;
  • Tapping preventive medicine physicians to serve on federal advisory committees and panels;
  • Developing grassroots strategies to mobilize members into action;
  • Working with national coalitions to further messages on preventive medicine and public health.
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Policy News

Next CDC Director Must Possess Public and Population Health Competencies
february 6, 2018

ACPM wrote a letter to Secretary Alex M. Azar of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offering perspective on the qualifications necessary for the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Specifically, ACPM asserts that candidates to this position must be capable of addressing the CDC's main responsibilities of ensuring the nation's health at a population and public health level, which requires competencies that not all physicians possess.

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Washington Update

Washington Update is a monthly newsletter detailing ACPM's advocacy and legislative work. This newsletter gives an overview of events in Washington that impact preventive medicine, as well as actions ACPM has taken in the Administration, on the Hill, and with our partners to advocate for our legislative priorities. Subscribe today to stay informed about what's going on in our nation's capital as it relates to our specialty's interests.

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Policy Committee

ACPM’s Policy Committee monitors legislative and regulatory developments as they relate to the specialties of preventive medicine, and recommends legislative initiatives and policy positions to the Board of Regents. The committee writes and approves ACPM’s policy statements and works to align the College’s policy with its Strategic Plan.

All ACPM members are welcome to participate in the policy-making process, working closely with the Policy Committee. If you would like to be involved in writing ACPM policy statements, please contact Kate McFadyen for more information.

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