Melissa Blessing,  AACOM’s second 2012 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) (pictured left), began her two-month internship on April 2. A fourth-year student at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), Ms. Blessing holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, both from Northern Arizona University. She has served as the student representative for the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) Board of Trustees, earning the ATSU-SOMA Student Distinguished Service Award for her work in this role. Extending her involvement with the AOMA, Blessing continues to work with the association’s Public Relations and Legislative Action Committees. Ms. Blessing plans to use her time at AACOM learning more about health policy.

The OHPI program is an opportunity for selected students to gain a deeper understanding of health policy development and implementation, meet with federal agency officials, attend hearings on Capitol Hill, conduct research on health policy and complete a paper on their chosen topic.

Please visit AACOM’s Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) webpage for more information.

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