Health Policy Committee Charge:
The Health Policy Committee identifies, researches, and formulates health policy positions that reflect the perspective of African American and minority physicians who are engaged in the practice of medicine or medical education. Issues to be addressed include: (1) access to medical education and/or medical practice opportunities; (2) financing mechanism for medical services; (3) legislative initiatives to facilitate the delivery of quality medical services to all segments of the national population; (4) professional standards, licensure, recertification, and disciplinary procedures; (5) minority physician development and related health care personnel; (6) medical research significant to America’s seniors; and (7) oversight and assistance in the development of materials for legislative hearings and public information.
The Committee should evaluate resolutions from the HOD that will be used in public statements regarding the NMA’s position in health-related areas and other areas pertinent to the welfare of its membership. The Committee serves as a resource to the Board providing information necessary for resolving issues. The committee should act on pertinent recommendations adopted at the Annual Convention and report to the Board of Trustees. The Committee should work in conjunction with the Council on Medical Legislation (CML) and CME, and to conduct regional meetings with them.