AACOM hosted the 2014 Health Policy Fellowship Seminar on December 4-5 at its Chevy Chase, MD office, followed by a breakfast and debriefing session on December 6. Fellows traveled from all parts of the country to participate in this year’s seminar, which featured interactive dialogue with federal officials from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), as well as other prominent health policy experts.

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The seminar opened on December 4 with welcoming remarks and a legislative update from AACOM Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, followed by a legislative update from the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Vice President of Government Relations Ray Quintero. Throughout the seminar, fellows also heard presentations from numerous federal officials, including:

  • Robert McNellis, MPH, PA, Senior Advisor for Primary Care, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, AHRQ;
  • Hester Grippando, MPP, Program Examiner, Public Health Branch, OMB, Executive Office of the President;
  • Robert L. Jesse, MD, PhD, Chief Academic Affiliations Officer, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Health Administration, VA;
  • Marcia K. Brand, PhD, Deputy Administrator, HRSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);
  • Becky Slifkin, PhD, MHA, Associate Administrator and Director, Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation, HRSA, HHS; and
  • James Cosgrove, PhD, Director, Heath Care, GAO.

AACOM hosted additional speakers to engage the fellows which included: Edward Salsberg, MPA, Director, Health Workforce Studies, Institute for Health Workforce Research and Policy, George Washington University and David Moore, Senior Director, Office of Government Relations, Association of American Medical Colleges. In addition, AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender presented on the role of coalitions in federal health policy.

The Health Policy Fellowship Program is designed for individuals who are preparing for leadership roles in the profession and in health policy. The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine coordinate this certificate program in health policy through a collaboration of AACOM and its member colleges, and the AOA.

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January 2015
Vol. 9, No. 1