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CAFM Advocacy Network

Family medicine departments and residency programs have formed a network to strengthen the voice of academic family medicine in Washington, DC. Join the network as your program or department’s advocacy representative. Connect with other faculty to engage policymakers in issues of concern to academic family medicine, such as Medicare graduate medical education (GME) and Title VII primary care training. 

With support from the Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM) government relations staff, you’ll:

  • Get to know your legislators’ backgrounds, issue priorities, and committee assignments
  • Contact and meet with legislators in their district office and/or Washington, DC
  • Respond to action alerts from Hope Wittenberg, CAFM, director, Government Relations, by contacting your legislators
  • Report your advocacy efforts 
  • Inform your faculty colleagues of issues and alerts, and encourage their participation

As your residency or department’s advocacy representative, you’ll receive:   

  • National recognition as your program or department’s advocacy representative (certificate from CAFM)
  • Recognition within your residency or department as an expert on federal academic family medicine issues
  • Ongoing support from CAFM’s Government Relations office in Washington, DC
  • A brief information sheet about your representative/senators (view sample)
  • Access to a free online advocacy course to learn the skills needed to be an effective advocate
  • Development of enhanced leadership and negotiation skills

You’re also invited to attend training as part of our "Lobby Day" known as the Family Medicine Congressional Conference, usually held in May in Washington, DC.   

Want to know more?

Watch our CAFM Advocacy Network webinar to learn more about what network representatives do.



E-mail Hope Wittenberg, MA, or LaEbony Livingston

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