American Society of Hematology

2013 ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute

Summary and Agenda

The ASH Government Relations, Practice, and Scientific Affairs department held a two-day workshop - the ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute - on October 22 and 23, 2013.

The first day of the Institute focused on learning about the legislative process, health policy, and advocacy strategies, including the use of the media in advocacy. Faculty of the Advocacy Leadership Institute included ASH Government Relations staff and consultants, past participants of the 2011 and 2012 Advocacy Leadership Institute, and guest speakers from advocacy organizations as well as the Administration, including the Deputy Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Dr. Susan Shurin. The second day included visits to nearly 40 congressional offices to apply what was learned on the first day. Institute participants visited their congressional delegations and focused on two issues: NIH funding and Medicare reimbursement reform. Participants urged Congress to support a balanced approach to deficit reduction and recognize the importance of biomedical research by investing in the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, they recommended that Congress repeal the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and reform Medicare reimbursement for physician services.

View the program of activities from the 2013 ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute

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  • Alan E. Lichtin, MD (Chair), Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Staci Arnold, MD, MBA, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Laurence Boxer, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Lillian Burke, MD, Eastern Institute of Medical Sciences, Winterville, NC
  • Michael Craig, MD, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Kurt C. Demel, MD, HealthPartners, Lilydale, MN
  • Jennifer Domm, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Jarrod Dudakov, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • Joseph Flynn, MPH, DO, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Morganna Freeman-Keller, DO, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
  • Betty Hamilton, MD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Jonathan Hoggatt, PhD (2011 ALI graduate), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Sarah Holstein, MD, PhD, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Scott Huntington, MD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Holbrook Kohrt, MD, PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • Lawrence S. Lamb, Jr., PhD (2012 ALI graduate), University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
  • Sara E. Meyer, PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
  • Sukeshi Patel, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
  • David Rizzieri, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Ferdy Santiago, MD, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC
  • Nirav Shah, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Matthew Ulrickson, MD, Banner Health, Gilbert, AZ
  • Mark Walshauser, MD, Loyola University, Maywood, IL
  • Andres Wiernik, MD, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jennifer Wu, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
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Photos from the 2013 ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute

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