Health Policy Committee

Health Policy Committee Leaders

Chair

Kirstin Woody Scott, MD, MPhil, PhD

University of Michigan

Chair-Elect

Oluwatosin Ayotunde MD

Spectrum Health/Michigan State University

Vice Chair

Christopher Clifford, MD

Mount Sinai

Vice Chair

Nicholas Melucci, MS-4

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Vice Chair

Suzie Park, DO

Garden City Hospital

Vice Chair

Angela Wu, MD, MPH

George Washington University Hospital

Assistant Vice Chair

Fathima Haseefa

University of Arizona College of Medicine--Phoenix

Assistant Vice Chair

Carly Rosen, MD

Mount Sinai Morningside-West Hospitals

Assistant Vice Chair

Melanie Yates, MD

University of Cincinnati

Staff Liaison

Heather Deja

Operations Manager
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Director of Health Policy

Maggie Moran, MD

San Antonio Military Medical Center - San Antonio, TX
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Chair

Kirstin Woody Scott, MD, MPhil, PhD

University of Michigan

Chair-Elect

Oluwatosin Ayotunde MD

Spectrum Health/Michigan State University

Vice Chair

Christopher Clifford, MD

Mount Sinai

Vice Chair

Nicholas Melucci, MS-4

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Vice Chair

Suzie Park, DO

Garden City Hospital

Vice Chair

Angela Wu, MD, MPH

George Washington University Hospital

Assistant Vice Chair

Fathima Haseefa

University of Arizona College of Medicine--Phoenix

Assistant Vice Chair

Carly Rosen, MD

Mount Sinai Morningside-West Hospitals

Assistant Vice Chair

Melanie Yates, MD

University of Cincinnati

Staff Liaison

Heather Deja

Operations Manager
Contact Heather

Director of Health Policy

Maggie Moran, MD

San Antonio Military Medical Center - San Antonio, TX
Contact Maggie

EMRA Health Policy Committee Objectives

The EMRA Health Policy Committee strives to:

  • Represent the interests of emergency medicine trainees who are interested in health policy and how it impacts the care of our patients
  • Educate EMRA members about the dynamic nature of health policy by coordinating regular programming, journal reviews, and other writing opportunities 
  • Collaborate with other EMRA committees on programming that features the intersection of health policy with various domains of emergency medicine
  • Involve EMRA members in active policy analysis and discussion relevant to the specialty
  • Engage with health policy leaders shaping the field of emergency medicine

Committee Videos

EMRA Health Policy Committee: Advocacy Handbook Series - This is Our Lane: How EM Residents are Crucial Advocates to Prevent Gun Violence with Josh Horwitz, JD and Melanie Yates, MD

On July 21st, 2022, the Health Policy Committee welcomed Josh Horwitz, JD (Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions) as well as our very own Dr. Melanie Yates (PGY-3 Univ of Cincinnati & Assistant Vice Chair to the Health Policy Committee & Resident Representative on the ACEP Public Health and Injury Prevention Committee) to share more about the state of gun violence prevention and advocacy movements in the US and how EM trainees can get involved with these important efforts. We hope that you will take the time to tune in and learn from this critical policy discussion.

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EMRA Health Policy Committee: Lessons in Health Policy: How to make policy engagement part of your career with Dr. John R. Corker

On June 30th, 2022, the Health Policy Committee welcomed Dr. John Corker, an award-winning practicing EM physician in Ohio to share his insights on policy engagement and how to get involved with advocacy at each stage in one’s emergency medicine career. Dr. Corker generously invited any EMRA members to reach out to him should they wish to discuss these topics and/or their advocacy interests further. Please contact the EMRA Health Policy Committee if you wish to obtain his contact information. Enjoy!

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Health Policy + Admin/Ops  Committees | Leaders in EM Health Policy session with Dr. Gabe Kelen

Dr. Gabor Kelen. On January 5th, 2022, the Health Policy Committee and Administration+Operations Committee welcomed Dr. Gabor Kelen, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins and ACEP board member, to share some of his insight about ongoing policy challenges facing the ED. He provided some background on the motivation behind his recent NEJM Catalyst article on ED crowding (accessible here: https://catalyst.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/CAT.21.0217 ) as well as broader lessons regarding this challenging policy issue in the thick of the ongoing Covid pandemic. If you were not able to join us, we hope that you will take time to listen to what was an inspiring session!

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Health Policy Committee Advocacy Update: No Surprises Act - November 18, 2021

During this session, the Health Policy Committee welcomed members to this session focused on ACEP advocacy efforts around the No Surprises Act legislation. Listen here for a real-time update from leading ACEP health policy staff members (including Laura Wooster, MPH (SVP, Advocacy & Practice Affairs) and Jeffrey Davis (Director of Regulatory and External Affairs - and also the author of the informative "Regs and Eggs" blog) regarding ACEP's position on this dynamic issue.

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Health Policy Committee Advocacy Handbook Series - Social Determinants of Health with Dr. Hsieh - October 11, 2021

This session co-hosted with the EMRA Social Emergency Medicine committee welcomed Dr. Dennis Hsieh, the CMO of Contra Costa Group and prior Director of Social Medicine and Community Health at Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to share more about his reflections on social determinants of health in emergency medicine. In this session, built upon lessons featured from the Social Determinants of Health Chapter (which Dr. Hsieh authored!) from the Advocacy Handbook. You can access the Advocacy Handbook chapter(s) here, and this one is specifically focused on SDOH: https://www.emra.org/books/advocacy-handbook/social-determinants/

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Health Policy Leaders in Emergency Medicine Spotlight Series: Dr. Aisha Terry - October 6, 2021

In this next installment of our Health Policy Leaders in EM Spotlight Series, we were delighted to welcome Dr. Aisha Terry to meet with our Health Policy Committee membership. Dr. Terry holds numerous leadership positions in emergency medicine, including as a member of the ACEP Board of Directors and Secretary-Treasurer of ACEP and a former EMRA President. She also is an associate professor of emergency medicine and health policy at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, DC. In this session, Dr. Terry shared updates with our committee on the Leadership and Advocacy Conference (LAC21) priorities and updates to these legislative initiatives relevant to EM.

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Health Policy Leaders in Emergency Medicine Spotlight Series: Dr. Katrina Gipson - July 15, 2021

Learn more about Dr. Gipson’s journey to health policy leadership, including her role in leading Emory’s  Health Policy Fellowship program as well as perspectives on the topic “Health Policy is Social Justice”.

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Health Policy Leaders in Emergency Medicine Spotlight Series: Dr. Mahshid Abir - June 2, 2021

Learn more about Dr. Abir’s fascinating journey to Emergency Medicine and her ongoing health policy research through her appointments at the University of Michigan and RAND Corporation.

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Life After Residency: Contracts, Careers, Pay, and Policy

EMRA's Administration and Operations and Health Policy Committees power a session dedicated to preparing EM residents for their future careers after residency!

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ED of the Future: Is the Traditional Hospital-Based ED Outdated?

A futuristic conversation with Emergency Medicine Thought Leaders

EMRA Administration & Operations Committee
EMRA Health Policy Committee
ACEP Young Physicians’ Section

Speakers

Judd Hollander MD
SVP for Healthcare Delivery Innovation

Ricardo Martinez MD
CMO of Adeptus

Jesse Pines MD, MBA, MSCE
National Director for Clinical Innovation at USACS

Cedric Dark, MD, MPH, FACEP
Founder and Executive Editor of Policy Prescriptions®

Gillian Schmitz MD, FACEP
ACEP Vice President

Arjun Venkatesh MD, MBA, MHS
Chief of Administration Section at Yale

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Fresh-Baked COVID-19 Updates with EMRA and Brief19

First, Dr. Kimi Chernoby will help us all with some quarantine wellness by walking us through a bread dough prep, and then the Brief-19 team will answer your COVID-19 Health Policy and Research questions (you can submit your questions when you register for the call!)

Kimi Chernoby, MD, JD, MA
Editor, Policy Briefs | Brief19
Chief Resident
Emergency Medicine

Indiana University

Jermey Faust, MD, MS, MA
Editor-In-Chief, Policy Breifs | Brief19
Emergency Physician
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Joshua Niforatos, MD, MTS
Editor, Research Briefs | Brief19
Resident
Emergency Medicine
Johns Hopkins 

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Intro to Health Policy slides presented at the 2020 ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference (LAC)

EMRA and ACEP Young Physicians Section present a health policy primer at the annual ACEP LAC, Emergency Medicine's advocacy conference on the Hill in Washington, DC. This is the annotated slide presentation from the Intro to Health Policy lecture at LAC 2020 presented by EMRA Director of Health Policy, Angela G. Cai.

Annotated Slide Presentationpdf 2.49 MB

Please feel free to learn and share for educational purposes with appropriate credits, for example: Cai, AG. Intro to Health Policy. Slide presentation at: ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference; April, 2020; Washington, DC. Retrieved from https://www.emra.org/globalassets/emra/be-involved/be-an-advocate/lac20-intro-policy-handout.pdf

Real Stories on How Health Policy Impacts Our Patients

The future of Emergency Medicine is bright, as our residents engage in making their patients' lives better. Check out their health care advocacy stories below.

As a resident, you get joint memberships in both EMRA and ACEP - so make sure you're aware and informed of what the ACEP Health Policy Section is doing!

When you set up your EMRA/ACEP membership, you get (2) section memberships for free - one to the ACEP Young Physician Section, and one of your choice. Why not make that choice Health Policy?

Additional ACEP section fees are half off - only $20

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EMRA Fellowship Guide

Chapter 11 Health Policy Fellowship

Healthy policy fellowships strive to educate future physician leaders who will be effective change agents within the health care system and ultimately serve to shape the future health care landscape. This is accomplished through the development of academic, clinical, and professional skillsets. EM providers, with their experience at the gateway to health care and broad clinical training, are uniquely qualified to serve in this capacity.

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Emergency Medicine Advocacy Handbook

Published: April, 2019

Health policy plays a critical role in the success of every emergency physician. Be an informed, active advocate for yourself and your patients! EMRA’s Advocacy Handbook, 5th ed., will give you the knowledge and context you need to discuss the policy issues affecting the way you practice medicine. Produced with the help of an educational grant from US Acute Care Solutions, this book offers a clear path to becoming a savvy advocate.

Available in the ACEP Store

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Related Content

Jun 29, 2022

Lessons in Health Policy: How-to make policy engagement part of your career

We are delighted to welcome Dr. John Corker who is an established and experienced emergency medicine physician in Southwest Ohio. He is also an expert at how to get involved in health policy at the local, state, and national level. Please join the EMRA Health Policy Committee on June 30th @ 7:30pm EDT to hear this award-winning EM doc talk about his journey through emergency medicine, how to get involved in health policy, and how to make advocacy for your colleagues and patients a lasting part of your career.

Jul 14, 2022

Health Policy | This is Our Lane

The EMRA Health Policy Committee invites you to this important discussion that we are moved to hold in light of ongoing national tragedies due to gun violence. We will be learning from Josh Horwitz, J.D. who is the Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions as well as our very own Dr. Melanie Yates (rising PGY-3 Univ of Cincinnati & Assistant Vice Chair to the Health Policy Committee) who will share more updates related to gun violence prevention and her role as a Resident Representative on the ACEP Public Health and Injury Prevention Committee.

Nov 17, 2017

Health Policy Committee

Develop your voice in EM policy. Engage directly with elected officials who craft legislation affecting your career and patients. Get personalized mentorship from attendings on building your own policy career. Contribute to policy conversations by publishing articles and joining the lively discussions in the PolicyRx Journal Club. Come join us!