Connie G. White, MD, District V advocacy chair and Kentucky Section chair
The ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC) was held March 2–4, in Washington, DC. District V was represented by 24 participants from its five sections. Legislation regarding reproductive health issues, expedited partner therapy, lay midwifery practice, and the patient-physician relationship are just a few of the issues we’ll grapple with in the coming year. Our patients and our specialty need our advocacy!
District V held its Annual Legislative Coffee Time prior to the opening session of the CLC on Sunday, March 2. This event was initiated in 2012 to give our attendees an opportunity to discuss common difficulties and develop support networks. Kathryn Moore, ACOG director of state legislative and regulatory affairs, was on hand to guide both newcomers and seasoned advocates through the legislative process in District V. If you have never been to the CLC, consider adding it to your 2015 schedule. The dates for the 2015 CLC are March 8–10.
Donald K. Bryan, MD, District V chair, worked with the District V Advisory Council to develop the new positions of district advocacy chair and Junior Fellow advocacy chair. I was elected District V advocacy chair and will be an invited guest of the District V Executive Committee. Dr. Bryan and I will work with Barbara Levy, MD, ACOG vice president of health policy, to ensure the role of district advocacy chair encompasses all the areas in which ACOG works to advocate for our patients. I will be contacting section chairs to identify members who can help lead local advocacy efforts.
Neena T. Qasba, MD, was elected District V Junior Fellow advocacy chair and will work with Junior Fellow leadership to define that role. Additionally, the Ohio Section has designated Shannon D. Armbruster, MD, as its Junior Fellow advocacy chair.