The Health Policy Advocacy committee is responsible for:
- Developing an educational program for advocacy at the state and national level.
- Developing a clearing house for ideas, problem solving, education and information at the state and national level.
- Determining other advocacy goals.
From the Health Policy Advocacy Chair – March 2016:
The current healthcare environment is in a period of rapid change due to increased focus on number of factors: quality of care, patient safety, cost-controlling measures, and accountability. Policymakers are working to define “Quality of Care” for the various patient populations and are changing payment structures to encourage systems to provide higher quality at lower cost. They are receiving input from a variety of sources. As care providers for patients with Spinal Cord Injury, we represent a very small subset of the population with a very distinct set of needs. If the voices of our patients are to be heard among the many voices speaking to policymakers, we must promote active involvement.
The strategic focus of ASIA’s Health Policy Advocacy Committee (HPAC) has two main components:
- Collaborating with and supporting the efforts of like-minded organizations that promote the welfare of patients with SCI.
- Ensuring that the healthcare providers who serve patients with SCI will be empowered to provide excellent care.
The HPAC has an active core of members, and we can always use more help. If you are interested in joining the committee or have a special advocacy interest, please feel free to contact me, Matt Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
Committee Chair: Matthew Davis, MD
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Vice Chair: Jeffrey Berliner, DO
Board Liaison: Kim Anderson-Erisman, PhD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
- Dirk Alander, MD
Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery — Kirkwood, Missouri
- Lisa A. Beck, MS, APRN, CNS, CRRN
Mayo Clinic — Elgin, MN
- Alexandra Bennewirth
United Spinal Association
- Robin Bischoff
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
- Susan M Bowen, RN
Shepard Center — Atlanta, GA
- Camilo Castillo, MD
University of Louisville School of Medicine — Louisville, KY
- James D. Crew, MD
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center — San Jose, CA
- Peter Gorman, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine — Baltimore, MD
- Kristin Gustafson, DO
Univ. of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine — Swarthmore, PA
- Rita G. Hamilton, DO
Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation — Dallas, TX
- Jennifer Hastings, PT, PhD, NCS
University of Puget Sound — Tacoma, WA
- Isaac Hernandez Jimenez, MD
TIRR Memorial Hermann/University of Texas Health — Houston, TX
- Christine Hunt, DO, MS
Mayo Clinic — Rochester, MN
- Indira Lanig, MD
- Todd Linsenmeyer, MD
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitaion — Mountain Lakes, NJ
- Holly J. Mills, PT
Carle Foundation Hospital — Tuscola, IL
- Chloe Slocum, MD
Harvard Medical School / Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital / VA Boston Healthcare — Brookline, MA
- Adam Stein, MD
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine — Manhasset, NY
- Jennifer Villacorta, MD
Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan — Flowood, MS
- Angela Vrooman, DO
University of Texas HSC — Helotes, TX