By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Senior Director of Government and Public Relations
Every year, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) hosts a Virtual Hill Day in conjunction with its COM Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Last year, ED to MED advocates raised the profile of federal graduate education policies and their impact on medical students on social media to ensure policymakers heard their stories.
Since last year, Congress has been negotiating the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), the law governing federal financial aid programs which health professions students rely on to finance their education. In December, House Republicans introduced the PROSPER Act, which would overhaul the HEA and threaten two key programs for health professions students: the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and the Grad PLUS Loan Program.
This year, leading up to #COMDAY18, ED to MED is calling on advocates across the country and its national partners to step up and join the #E2MChallenge. Beginning on Wednesday, September 12, ED to MED advocates will receive two emails per week challenging them to stand up for the interests of the health professions community. Through the Advocacy Challenge, ED to MED will raise awareness of the federal financial aid programs that help make health professions careers possible for students and enable health professionals to better serve their communities.
Register today for ED to MED campaign emails to ensure you receive the Advocacy Challenge messages, and keep an eye out for the first #E2MChallenge email in your inbox on September 12. Together, we have the power to impact meaningful change for the future health care workforce!