The AANP D.C. team is growing strong, state support is increasing, and preparations are well underway for the 2013 conference in Keystone, Colorado
There’s nothing I like more than starting my monthly columns with good news. Thus, I am very happy to announce that AANP has significantly strengthened its Washington, D.C., team. First, please welcome Mike Jawer, AANP’s new Director of Government and Public Affairs. Mike will be leading our state legislative efforts and providing great guidance as we move forward with our media and public awareness efforts. He brings extensive experience both in government affairs and marketing communications. Mike has worked for several national associations, leading a variety of legislative, regulatory and programmatic activities. For seven years, Mike led outreach efforts within the U.S. General Services Administration promoting the transformation of the federal government’s “sick buildings” to “healthy buildings.” Mike has also authored two books – Your Emotional Type and The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion – that examine the mind-body health connection.
Second, I am pleased to announce that Stephanie Geller has been promoted to the position of Finance and Administration Manager. Stephanie has worked as AANP’s Membership Associate for the past year and has undoubtedly talked with many of you on the phone. Stephanie has experience in financial management and an in-depth knowledge of AANP’s membership and financial systems. That she is friendly, conscientious, and passionate about naturopathic medicine make her perfect for the position.
Mike is joining AANP at just the right time because a growing number of state associations are reaching out to AANP to ask for assistance with legislative and organizational issues. I’m very happy that the state associations’ confidence in AANP as a valuable partner is continuing to grow. State licensure activity is heating up rapidly, so the more collaboration we can stimulate between states and AANP – and between state associations themselves – the greater our chances for success. Licensure efforts are either already underway or coming soon in such states as Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Thanks and congratulations to the many AANP members around the country who are working tirelessly on these efforts.
I want to call your attention to our monthly legislative webinar series. AANP convenes these webinars on the third Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Pacific time. Earlier this week, we hosted a webinar aimed at helping state associations advocate for full implementation of the non-discrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (known to some as Section 2706). That provision prohibits insurers from discriminating against qualified health care professionals who want to participate in health insurance reimbursement and who are acting within the scope of their license in accordance with state law.
Our next three webinars will address some very important topics for state advocates. They include: counteracting opposition force strategies, strategies for energizing the grassroots, and creating unity and soliciting involvement in your state organization. All of our legislative webinars are archived in the State Legislative Toolbox on the members’ only portion of the AANP website.
Finally, permit me to completely change subjects. I had the opportunity last week to visit Keystone, CO, the site of this year’s annual conference. And all I can say is, wow, is it ever beautiful!!! If you’re wondering what you might do in Keystone, think about this – mountain biking, hiking, boating, swimming, golf, whitewater rafting, gondola rides, and the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, which starts on the day our conference ends. In other words, there’s more to do than you have time for. And did I mention that our Speaker Selection Committee has put together a spectacular educational program? This will be one amazing conference!