Policy & Advocacy

AACOM Government Relations
AACOM Advocacy Day

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Education Quarterly Issue Area Review – 2021 Q1

Please review a presentation on key administrative and congressional actions in the education sector during the past quarter.

AACOM Advocacy Efforts Yield Key OME Provisions in COVID-19 Stimulus Package

On March 11, President Biden signed into law The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-2), the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed through budget reconciliation. Importantly, the bill includes numerous provisions vital to osteopathic medical education (OME), including $330 million to expand the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program; $39.6 billion for institutions of higher education, including colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs); $7.7 billion for public health workforce expansion; and $40 million for improving health professionals’ mental and behavioral health. In addition, the package provides funding for rural hospitals, vaccines, testing and COVID-19 medical supplies. Read AACOM's press statement on the legislation and view AACOM’s analysis of the package to learn more about provisions of interest to OME.

HMBR Higher Ed in Omnibus-Stimulus Summary 011221

January 22, 2021
The fiscal year 2021 omnibus spending bill, which included a COVID-19 stimulus package, provides funding for institutions of higher education, including osteopathic medical schools, to defray the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic. For further information on these provisions that may be beneficial to AACOM membership, please view the AACOM analysis developed in partnership with Hogan, Marren, Babbo & Rose, Ltd.

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Join AACOM’s national advocacy campaign, ED to MED, and raise the profile of issues vital to osteopathic medical education in the halls of Congress! 

AACOM Advocacy in Action

AACOM Government Relations advocates for federal policies that support the osteopathic medical education community.
COM Day 2018 on Capitol Hill

Federal and Advocacy Resources

Review how Congress works, learn which Members of Congress represent the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine, and access federal agency information. 

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Health Policy Leadership Programs

AACOM's Leadership Institute offers two health policy programs:  an internship for current DO students, and a Fellowship for practicing or teaching osteopathic physicians. 


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