DC Federal Legislative Initiative

Are You Signed Up for the DC FLI? You Have Until April 15
Join your colleagues and peers for AANP’s annual advocacy rally – the DC FLI – which takes place May 2-4 in Washington, DC. Registration is free for members and just $150 for non-members. Click here to register. To book your room at the Dupont Circle Hotel, call 202-483-6000 and reference “American Association of Naturopathic Physicians” OR click here and reference code AMER300415.  Note: April 15 is the last day for both program registration and our $199 room block.
At the FLI, you’ll be treated to nonstop networking and education sessions, and participate in workshops designed to hone your ability to pitch both naturopathic medicine and AANP’s legislative priorities.  All of that will come in handy when you visit your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices on Capitol Hill – the final exciting day of the FLI.
Here are just a few of the sessions on tap in this year’s agenda:
  • Framing Your Message – learn from seasoned NDs how to effectively promote naturopathic medicine to the public and media
  • Tackling Tough Topics – take part in a discussion of vaccinations and residencies, two subjects considered the Achilles’ heel of efforts to become licensed and expand scope
  • Healing Our Nation’s Healthcare System – a prominent medical anthropologist’s perspective on the role naturopathic medicine can and should have in health policy
  • Healing the Wounded Warrior – a panel discussion led by Dr. Jane Guiltinan examining how NDs and integrative medicine are gradually moving into the military and the VA
  • Breakouts designed to help NDs and students connect with one another and receive updates from licensed and yet-to-be licensed states, respectively
  • Sessions exploring how to practice successfully in unlicensed states, providing tips on successful practice per se, and offering ways that students can help state associations
Be part of the excitement and help carry the profession’s banner on Capitol Hill.  There’s no rush quite like speaking up for our priority issues with members of Congress and their staff – and no better experience to be gained, either.
Register right now. Remember, you have until April 15. For questions, contact Mike Jawer (mike.jawer@naturopathic.org; 202-237-8150).

Speakers Added for the DC FLI: Register by April 15
One of the virtues of the DC FLI is its range of topics and speakers. The first day (Saturday, May 2) will feature veteran NDs discussing such topics as practice in unlicensed states and how to best frame the profession’s message when reaching out to the public and media. The second day (Sunday, May 3) showcases a number of outstanding outside speakers – such as Jonathan Peck. His Institute for Alternative Futures recently published a report, Public Health 2030, examining scenarios that could lead our nation to a “culture of health.” This work was supported by the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 
The Sunday program will also feature Gen. Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD, former Army Surgeon-General and an enthusiastic proponent for using integrative medicine to treat current soldiers as well as veterans.  This informative roundtable will be guided by Dr. Jane Guiltinan of Bastyr University, who, in her role on the National Council for Integrative and Complementary Health, has worked with Gen. Schoomaker and others in the Defense Department and VA who are studying the value of integrative approaches to chronic pain.
Click here to learn more about the FLI and get yourself registered. It’s free! Do it now because registration will close on April 15. You can click on a program rundown, check out the happening Dupont Circle neighborhood where the FLI is taking place, download tips on how to hold a successful congressional visit, and book a hotel room at AANP’s discount rate – also until April 15. 
Participation in the DC FLI is an investment in your success as an ND (or future ND) and in our profession’s ultimate success. Besides hearing great speakers, you’ll make new friends and build the skill to confidently present yourself and your profession on Capitol Hill. Register now!