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Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) Profile

Lauren Delana, a fourth-year student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM), began her health policy internship with AACOM on Monday, September 12.

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During her time as AACOM’s fall Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI), Lauren focused her policy research on the impact of federal funding cuts to graduate medical education for medically underserved regions in the United States.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Idaho, and is currently a national legislative representative for AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, and former Executive Vice President of the PNWU-COM Student Government Association. Her internship lasted through November 4. Read about Lauren’s internship on AACOM’s new OHPI Blog.  

New OHPI Blog Offers DO Student Perspectives

AACOM recently launched its new OHPI Blog to provide a platform for OHPIs to share their experiences on Capitol Hill and to serve as a resource for students to learn more about federal health care and higher education policy issues. 

AACOM’s most recent OHPI, Lauren Delana (PNWU-COM), kicked off the OHPI blog with weekly posts about meetings she attended, projects she worked on, and how to get involved.

“Most importantly, I have learned that students can make their voices heard, and it is easy to make an impact,” Lauren wrote. 
Through DO student perspectives, the OHPI Blog intends to increase awareness among medical students about their ability to significantly impact the legislative process. Read more of the latest OHPI Blog posts