Past H-STAT Campaigns

Yes 2 Save Lives campaign for trauma care funding, 2010

  • Partnered with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and other organizations to promote funding for a statewide trauma care network
  • Mobilized students throughout the state through events in Atlanta, Athens, Macon, and Savannah
  • Prepared fact sheets and a web campaign in support of trauma care funding
  • Brought 25 students to H-STAT’s legislative breakfast at the capitol

Tobacco Tax, Spring 2010

  • Partnered with the Tobacco Tax Coalition to advocate for a $1 increase in Georgia’s cigarette tax
  • Created educational video segment supporting tax on tobacco sales in Georgia to prevent smoking and provide financial support to offset increased health care costs due to tobacco use
  • Wrote op-eds supporting a Tobacco Tax
  • Spoke with legislators at the capitol during annual Legislative Breakfast, again sponsored by Representative Ben Harbin [R- Augusta]
  • Created email, phone, and letter-writing campaign for communication with state representatives and senators to encourage their support of the Tobacco Tax

Grady Is Vital! Fall 2007-Spring 2008

  • Organized Panel on Grady’s Future on September 17 with university administrators, local and state elected officials, and community leaders that was attended by over 150 students, residents, and faculty
  • Created letter expressing students’ deep concern for Grady to Dr. Sanfilippo, CEO of Woodruff Health Sciences Center, signed by over 700 students from across Emory’s health professional schools and presented to him at his welcoming reception
  • Designed and printed 3,000 Grady is Vital Buttons that were distributed to students, residents, and faculty and Grady staff to show solidarity and support for Grady
  • Designed and printed 5,000 Grady Patient Advocacy Postcards that were distributed to hospital staff and patients to empower them to call Fulton and DeKalb County Commissioners
  • Organized Grady is Vital Rally on November 26, 2007. Coordinated faculty, resident, and student speakers as well as publicity and media for the rally, which was attended by over 350 Morehouse, Emory, Mercer, Medical College of Georgia, and Georgia State University students, residents, faculty, and staff and covered by numerous Atlanta media outlets
  • Delivered 500 handwritten letters to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House from health professional students urging state leaders to fund Grady as a vital healthcare resource for all Georgians
  • Organized meetings with more than 10 Georgia state legislators including leaders of Senate and House Appropriations and Health and Human Services Committees to advocate that Grady is vital to Georgia and ask for state support of Grady including funding for a statewide trauma network, increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates, and increasing funding for medical education through residency capitation
  • Organized 60 Morehouse and Emory medical students and residents to attend and 10 students and residents to testify at the Fulton County Commissioners Meeting on January 16 to urge county commissioners to reverse their decision to cut $24 million in funding to Grady
  • Breakfast hosted for HealthSTAT by Chairman Ben Harbin, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee on January 28
  • Organized 40 Emory, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine health professional students to march to the Capitol and be present in the Gallery of the GA House of Representatives in a show of support for Grady that was covered by 3 TV networks
  • H-STAT publicly recognized by Representative Edward Lindsey, who delivered a letter from H-STAT inviting legislators to tour Grady to the desks of 180 Representatives
  • Mobilized nearly 100 students from Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine for the Fulton County Hearing on Feb. 20 to urge the commissioners to approve the non-profit lease as the only viable option to ensure Grady’s survival
  • Mobilized over 110 students from Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Mercer University for the DeKalb Public Hearing on Feb. 21

Georgia Prevention Justice Alliance (GPJA), Fall 2007-Spring 2008

  • H-STAT and the GPJA sought increased funds from the Fulton County Commissioners for HIV prevention and to recognize syringe exchange as an important prevention method for HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Developed a white paper, fact sheet, legal analysis, and sign-on letter directed at the Fulton County Commissioners
  • Cultivated community relationships and gathered signatures for support, including faith leaders, health and academic leaders, service and recovery organizations, and broader community leaders and organizations such as The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
  • Attended budget hearings and met with individual commissioners to educate and build support for the increase in prevention funds and legalization of syringe exchange

Physical Education, Spring 2008

  • Successful advocacy in support of school recess bill

Immigrant Health, Fall 2005-Spring 2006

  • Attended a meeting where students learned of House Resolution 256, a Georgia immigration bill, which among other things, sought to deny all public health services to undocumented immigrants and their children
  • Partnered with Health Professionals for a Healthy Georgia (HPHG), a coalition of over 300 health professionals and students, and mobilized a grassroots campaign that would inspire even the most cynical political veteran
  • Utilized Political Leadership Institute held at the capitol as a “How to Lobby” workshop to train students and set up meetings with representatives and senators in conjunction with HPHG
  • Delivered a petition to the Georgia Assembly with the signatures of over 40 Georgia physicians urging committee members to vote against the legislation as it was currently written, noting “this legislation will place an increased burden on our health-care system rather than solve the immigration problem”
  • Led 150 students, representing every medical school in the state of Georgia, to attend a rally on the steps of the capitol to demand that healthcare be exempted from what was now Senate Bill 529.
  • SB 529 was signed by Governor Purdue and was passed containing exemptions for prenatal care, children, emergency services, communicable diseases, and attorney general specifications

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