ACC Announces Emerging Advocates Program
As part of ACC’s commitment to leadership development, the College is pleased to present the Emerging Advocates Program. This program is a unique opportunity for ACC members, particularly Fellows in Training, Early Career Professionals and Cardiovascular Team members, to increase their knowledge of the College’s advocacy and health policies and to lend a voice to improve heart health. The Emerging Advocates will learn directly from the College’s advocacy leaders, covering such areas as legislative, regulatory, state government relations, payer advocacy and value solutions, and population health.
The Emerging Advocates will participate in a two-year program. Year one (summer 2015 – 2016) will introduce Emerging Advocates to the latest issues affecting the cardiology community such as the movement toward value-based payment, graduate medical education funding, medical coding development, medical coverage policies, and cardiovascular disease prevention. Issue-focused education will consist of monthly webinars, online content and a two day face-to-face meeting at the Heart House in Washington, DC, this fall (cost of travel and accommodations covered). With guidance from ACC’s member leaders, Emerging Advocates will work together to analyze these issues and understand how they impact ACC’s policies and positions. Participants will also receive training on how to best communicate with ACC members, Congress, federal agencies, state legislators and health plans on the issues facing cardiovascular medicine.
In year two (summer 2016 – 2017), Emerging Advocates will be paired with mentors who are current or past ACC leaders engaged in advocacy activities. The mentors will help Emerging Advocates identify opportunities where they can advance ACC’s advocacy activities, and work with them to craft their outreach and messaging.
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