On March, 21, 2012, the White House honored John Casey, DO, Chief Resident of Emergency Medicine, Doctors Hospital, as one of its Champions of Change; a program that was created as part of President Obama's Winning the Future Across America initiative. Each week, Champions of Change honors outstanding individuals in a different professional sector for serving their communities and facilitating positive change. Dr. Casey was one of ten individuals who were recognized by the program for their commitment to helping others understand the complexities, challenges and benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

As part of the program, honorees post short pieces on their specific role as a Champion, providing background to their experiences and goals for the future. In Dr. Casey's posting, "Making ACA Policy Plain: A Personal Approach," he chronicles his health policy experiences. Mentioning experiences such as working with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), learning how to contact local legislators, and participating in formal training through the Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) and Paul Ambrose Scholars programs, Dr. Casey outlined how he has developed the skills to critically review policy and serve as a resource to policymakers. "Serving as a resource to my fellow physicians about ACA effects on health care access, quality and cost,” he says, “has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my decision to engage in policymaking."

Visit the Champions of Change website to learn more.




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