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Doctors are standing up across the country in unprecedented numbers to reclaim our role as partners and leaders in improving our health care system. In addition to our campaigns, Doctors for America members have participated in and organized innumerable local, regional, and national events as well. Here is a partial list of those events.

Note: please see our Past Campaigns, Newsletters, and Press Room to learn more about our activities.


Webcasts and Calls with Policy Experts and Lawmakers

As part of our efforts to help physicians get informed about the issues, Doctors for America members have participated in a series of webcasts and teleconferences with various experts and policymakers and with the leadership of DFA.

  • Health Reform from Romney to Obama - with Prof. Jonathan Gruber (October 3, 2011)
  • Lowering the Cost of Health Care - with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (September 12, 2011)
  • Medicare: How it Works, and How We Can Improve It - with Prof. Ted Marmor (August, 2011)
  • Medicaid: How It Works and How We Can Improve It - with Prof. Sara Rosenbaum (July 11, 2011) Listen to the recording
  • Reproductive Health with Adam Sonfield (June 6, 2011) Listen to the recording
  • Ryan Budget and Long-Term Care with Howard Gleckman (May 2, 2011) Listen to the recording
  • Accountable Care Organizations with Henry Aaron and Randy Fenninger (April 18, 2011) Listen to the recording
  • Dr. Don Berwick, Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (October 29, 2010) Read the notes
  • Dr. Barbara Starfield, Primary Care Expert (October 21, 2010)
  • Dr. Thomas Bodenheimer, Primary Care Expert (October 20, 2010) 
  • U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (August 17, 2010) Read the transcript or listen to the audio.
  • Mary Wakefield - Health Services Resource (HRSA) Administrator (July 27, 2010)
  • Senator Tom Daschle (February 8, 2010)
  • CNN Commentator Paul Begala (November, 2009) Read the notes.
  • White House Physicians Q&A Call (September 17, 2009)
  • DFA Leadership Strategy Call with Members (September 3, 2009)
  • White House Physicians Briefing (August 25, 2009)
  • Health Policy Expert Peter Harbage (August 5, 2009) Watch the video.
  • Congressman Steve Kagen, MD, Conference Call (July 14, 2009)
  • Ellen-Marie Whelan, Payment Reform Webcast (July 1, 2009) Watch the video.
  • Senator Chris Dodd (organized by SEIU; June 17, 2009)
  • Governor Howard Dean, MD, Physicians and Reform Webcast (May 30, 2009) Watch the video.
  • Dr. Tom Lee, Payment Reform Webcast (May 26, 2009)
  • Jacob Hacker, Public Option Webcast (May 18, 2009) Watch the video.
  • Ashish Jha, Health IT Webcast (May 12, 2009)
  • Neera Tanden Webcast (April 16, 2009)

First Annual National Leadership Conference and Lobby Day (May 23-24, 2011)

Physician and medical student leaders from across the country came together to share experiences and learn about policy and community organizing. Featured speakers included Dr. Don Berwick (Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services), Senator Tom Daschle (former Senate majority leader and health care champion), and many other exciting speakers.  Take a look at the agenda.

Appointment to the President's Advisory Group on Prevention (January, 2011)

In a move to acknowledge and encourage the input and hard work of physician and medical student advocates around the country, President Obama appointed Doctors for America President Vivek Murthy to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. This group plays a key role in advising the Surgeon General and the National Prevention Council in crafting and implementing a National Prevention Strategy.

Attending Stakeholder Meetings (December, 2010)

Doctors for America was invited to join stakeholder meetings with members of the administration and with top HHS officials on prevention and wellness and on delivery system reform.

Representing the Membership at the President's Speech after Signing Health Reform into Law (March 23, 2010)

Doctors for America President Vivek Murthy and Executive Director Mandy K. Cohen represented 16,000 Doctors for America members at the President's speech at the Department of Interior immediately following the signing of the health reform bill into Law.

Health Providers March on Washington (March 22, 2010)

After a long health reform battle that seemed always to be on the verge of passing or failing, doctors and medical students across the country were clamoring to make a big statement and get reform done for the patients we continued to see every day.  So we partnered with provider and community advocacy organizations and marched on Washington.  Hundreds of doctors and nurses drove and flew in from around the country to participate in the largest ever health provider demonstration for reform.  We marched from the White House to the Capitol, where we held a stirring press conference and rally with several members of Congress and notable physicians.

In the East Room with the President (March 3, 2010)

Dr. Chris Lillis -- internist in Fredricksburg, Virginia and member of the Doctors for America writing team -- was selected to stand with the President in the East Room of the White House for President Obama's speech asking the House to pass the Senate version of reform and for both chambers of Congress to pass a reconciliation package.

President's Bipartisan Summit Virtual Watch Party (February 26, 2010)

Popping in between patients or setting aside the time to watch the summit, doctors gathered for a virtual watch party online to see the President and members of Congress 

State of the Union Virtual Watch Party (January 27, 2010
Doctors around the country joined DFA in a virtual watch party for the State of the Union, discussed the speech in a chat room, and rated the speech in real-time.  Not surprisingly, the most positive responses came when the President spoke about the necessity of finishing health reform.

Testifying before the GOP Doctor's Caucus (January 21, 2010)

Dr. Christopher Hughes -- Pittsburgh intensive care physician, health reform blogger, and DFA Pennsylvania State Director -- testified before the GOP Doctors Caucus, which was co-chaired by Congressmen Phil Gingrey and Tim Murphy and had seven members of the Caucus in attendance.  One congressman called Chris a "doctor with a big heart," and others commented that they would want Chris to "be my doctor."  His testimony and account of the event can be seen here: http://cmhmd.blogspot.com/2010/01/testimony-to-gop-doctors-caucus.html.

Standing with Senate Leadership (December 23, 2009)

On December 23, Doctors for America stood with Senator Reid and Senate Leaders to hail the passage of a Senate health care reform bill.

Congressional Testimony (October 28, 2009)

On October 26, 2009, five members and leaders of Doctors for America were invited to testify on Captiol as part of a physician panel speaking about their views on the need for a public option in health reform. Below please find their prepared remarks.

Debate with Congressman Michael Burgess (October, 2009)
DFA Executive Director, Mandy Krauthamer Cohen, debated Congressman Michael Burgess on reform at the Benjamin Rish Society in Washington, DC.

President Obama Invites Everyday Doctors to the White House Rose Garden (October 5, 2009)

On Monday, October 5, President Obama invited practicing physicians from every state to the White House Rose Garden to show the nation the importance of health reform. Why? As the President said, "You are the people who know this system best. You are the experts. Nobody has more credibility with the American people on this issue than you do." A large number of the attendees were members of Doctors for America. Visit the page to read about the physicians who attended, and watch a video of why they made the trip to Washington.

Supporting the Medical Home at the White House with HSS Secretary Sebelius (September 16, 2009)
Fifty Doctors for America members in the DC area took part in a press event at the White House where Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced additional funding for patient-centered medical home projects.

Physician-led Town Halls (September 17, 2009)

After having health reform discussions in communities disrupted throughout August, Ohio physicians Don Nguyen and Arthur Lavin pioneered the notion of physician-led town halls in Dayton and Cleveland, Ohio respectively, which a great response from the community and media.  Other DFA leaders followed suit with townhalls in places as diverse as Oklahoma, Texas, and Massachusetts.  The success of these events led to an initiative to reach out to faith groups as well.  In addition, physicians attended countless panels, forums, and debates that were organized by other groups in communities across the country.

Town Halls and Vigils for Health Reform (August, 2009)

Members spoke at town halls with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) and Representatives John Larson (CT), Kendrick Meek (FL), and Loretta Sanchez (CA), and many others.  DFA also cohosted a townhall with Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson and Pete Sessions in Dallas, Texas.  The reasoned voice of physicians countered the unruly protests of those who would stifle debate.

At the end of the August recess, DFA members were featured speakers at MoveOn "We Can't Wait" Vigils across the country on September 1 -- including in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Baltimore, DC, Pittsburg, Seattle, Las Vegas, Chicago, New Orleans, Missoula (Montana), Boulder, and Indianapolis.  LIFE magazine captured the moment for pediatrician and DFA National Field Director Alex Blum, who spoke before 1500 people in Central Park.

HELP Press Conference (July 16, 2009)
Doctors for America members joined a press conference with Senator Dodd and others celebrating the passage of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) committee's version of reform.

Rallying with HCAN in Washington (June 25, 2009)

In the first major rally during the health reform process, over 10,000 people gathered in Washington DC to rally for health reform.  The rally was organized by the Health Care for America Now! coalition.  Doctors for America worked with dozens of physician and nurse groups to organize a providers town hall that featured moderators Gov Howard Dean (a physician) and health policy expert Ellen-Marie Whelan (a nurse practitioner).  DFA's Dr. Zaneb Beams also spoke at the town hall.  Several of our physicians were also featured on several news stories surrounding the event including on CNN Spanish and Bill Moyer.

White House Physicians Stakeholder Meeting (June 18, 2009)

Four leaders of Doctors for America were invited to attend the White House Physician Stakeholder Meeting on prevention and wellness. We brought with us the concerns and ideas of our members – physicians on the front lines in all 50 states who are fighting for health reform to bring quality, affordable, accessible health care to all Americans. Take a look at the membership-wide emails that were sent surrounding the event.

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