Physician Advocacy Conference

The Division of Social Medicine and Professionalism holds an annual Physician Advocacy Conference that brings together the IMAP fellows, Merit Award winners, and leading physician advocates in order to exchange ideas about their roles as physician advocates in their communities. In particular, the topics addressed will explore current issues for physician advocacy.

The upcoming Physician Advocacy Conference will be taking place on February 27 and 28, 2020 at Columbia University.

Below are sessions from some of the most recent convenings of the Physician Advocacy Conference:

2019 Physician Advocacy Conference

Healthcare for All: The New York City Approach

Mitchell Katz, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights & Planned Parenthood

Laura McQuade, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood NYC

The Locus of Advocacy: Two Personal Accounts

  • Neil Calman, President and CEO, The Institute for Family Health
  • Thomas O’Toole, Director of the National Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team Initiative, Providence VA Medical Center

Mental Health & Housing Access

Judge Nicholas Garaufis, U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of NY

Advocacy at the International Level

Jonathan Cohen, Director, Open Society Foundation Public Health Program

Climate Change as a Health Crisis

Gaurab Basu, Co-Director, Center for Health Equity Education & Advocacy, Instructor at Harvard Medical School

The Future of Physician Advocacy—Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health

  • Katie Plax, Medical Director of Supporting Opportunities with Teens (the SPOT), Washington University in St. Louis
  • Jeff Kaczorowski, National Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics Community Pediatric Training Initiative
  • Lisa Chamberlain, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University
  • Chris Iglesias, CEO, The Unity Council
  • Dirk Hightower, Executive Director, Children’s Institute, Clinical Professor of Psychology at University of Rochester

2018 Physician Advocacy Conference

Advocacy Strategies: The Art and Science of Communication

Andy Burness, President of Burness, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

What the O’Reilly Family of Tulsa Tells Us about Talking Healthcare Policy

David Brancaccio, American Public Media

What Should We Talk about When We Talk about Health?

Sandro Galea, Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean of Boston University School of Public Health

The Physician’s Role in Natural Disasters: Responding to Puerto Rico

  • Oxiris Barbot, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Susana Morales, Weill Cornell Medical College

Panel - Health and Early Childhood Education: System Change to Break Down Silos

  • George Askew, Chief Medical Officer for the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
  • Jeffrey Kaczorowski, Director of the Hoekelman Center, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Wade Norwood, New York State Board of Regents

The Role of Physicians in Responding to the Opioid Crisis

Kimá Taylor, Managing Principal. Anka Consulting, LLC

Strategies for Social Change

  • Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia University
  • Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus, Open Society Foundations

Stay in the Boat: State Based Advocacy for National Policy

Mark Del Monte, CEO and Executive Vice President, American Academy of Pediatrics

Community Change at a Time of Crisis

Deepak Bhargava, President and Executive Director, Center for Community Change

2017 Physician Advocacy Conference

Organizing for Action

Gara LaMarche, President, Alliance for Democracy

Building Advocacy Collaboratives

  • Katie Plax, Medical Director of the Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens (SPOT) and Ferring Family Chair in Pediatrics, Washington University of St. Louis University
  • Lisa Chamberlain, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University
  • Michael Fine, Former Director, Rhode Island Department of Health

Health Policy at the State Level

Chris Koller, President, The Milbank Memorial Fund

Torture and the Role of Professional Medical Societies

Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus, Open Society Foundation

Climate Change and Health

  • Jerry Paulson, Professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
  • Mona Sarfaty, Director of the Program for Climate and Health, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

Protecting Education: Public and Medical

George Thibault, President Emeritus, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

The Fate of the ACA

Larry Casalino, Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College

Protecting Vulnerable Populations

Neil Calman, President and CEO, Institute for Family Health

The Challenge of International Health: Problems and Solutions

Karen Brudney, Senior Expert Adviser, Centers for Disease Control, Division of HIV and Tuberculosis

Protecting Reproductive Rights

Marji Gold, Director of the Center for Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine and Professor of Family and Social Medicine