By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Senior Director of Government and Public Relations
Valentine’s Day is a yearly opportunity to express appreciation for the special people in our lives. Whether it’s family members, a significant other, or even just a pint of ice cream alongside a romantic comedy, most everyone has some type of love in mind on Valentine’s Day. This Valentine’s Day, ED to MED is celebrating our Campus Ambassadors, who are essential to helping our campaign grow and thrive.
What is love if you don’t share it? Advocating for the future health care workforce is a fixed point in our hearts and the hearts of our Campus Ambassadors. Day in and day out, they work at the intersection of advocacy and policy, educating and recruiting fellow graduate and health professions students and other vocal individuals to help Congress better understand the connection between graduate student debt and the health care workforce.
With pending changes to the Higher Education Act (HEA) set to impact future health professionals, there has never been a more important time to have dedicated, passionate grassroots advocates like Campus Ambassadors. Students everywhere need to know how health and higher education policies developed in Washington, DC will impact them as future health professionals, as well as their patients. Programs like Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) are critical pipelines for bringing health professionals to at-risk communities, while Grad PLUS loans are crucial for helping graduate students afford the cost of their education.
This Valentine’s Day, ED to MED is showcasing our love of our Campus Ambassadors, and here are three reasons why:
1. Campus Ambassadors raise awareness about issues that matter. Campus Ambassadors are catalysts for change all around the country. They inform students about PSLF, Grad PLUS loans, HEA news, and other policy issues that the next generation of health care professionals needs to know. Creating a political conscious is an imperative step to having our voice heard.
2. Campus Ambassadors strengthen our efforts to advance the cause. The stronger our collective voice, the larger influence we have on public policy. Ambassadors have had great success introducing students to the issues, telling them about ED to MED, and helping them to activate their voices.
3. Campus Ambassadors grow our base. These star advocates are instrumental in recruiting new members of the future health care workforce to ED to MED. Aided by the efforts of our dedicated ambassadors, we’ve grown this nationwide campaign from a small budding movement to a more impactful force to protect federal financial aid programs. ED to MED wouldn’t be where it is today without the work of its advocates, and Campus Ambassadors are at the forefront.
Want to help grow ED to MED on a campus near you? Sign up to be an ED to MED Campus Ambassador. You’ll be an integral part of the movement to secure a better future for health care professionals and patients everywhere, and as a bonus, you’ll always be our Valentine!
Join today and help raise our collective voice!