With the continued spread of misinformation and campaign of confusion, many Americans are still unsure what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) entails and how it will help them and their family. Fortunately it only takes 3 minutes of education to change someone's mind about the ACA and that's why your efforts to educate your peers and your community is so important!
Regardless of where you decide to educate people, we want to make sure you have all the tools you need. Below you'll find everything you need to see an education presentation, do an education presentation, and teach someone how to do an education presentation!
See One: Learn about the ACA and DFA
You don't have to know everything about the ACA to educate others, but here's a good starting point.
You can find the history and mission of Doctors for America here.
Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act? Email us.
Would you like to see one of DFA's doctors or med students in your area give a presentation? Email us.
Do One: How to Educate
Find Someone to Talk to:
Who should you talk to about the Affordable Care Act? Everyone you can.
Start at home:
- Educating people about the ACA is the perfect excuse to throw a party! Invite your friends, family, and coworkers. Or just insert it into your next birthday party!
- Need more structure? Here's how to plan a House Meeting.
- Want help? Email us.
Move in your circle:
Educate your patients: Educating your patients about the ACA is just as important if not more than HIPAA. Ask your patients if they have any questions about how the Affordable Care Act might affect them.
- Ask to be added to the agenda: Do you have work meetings? Are you a member of any groups? It can be anything from Grand Rounds to a knitting group, from an all-staff meeting to your local professional association chapter. You know the movers and shakers in your circle and probably know how to get on the agenda already.
Expand your circle:
Ask your friends, family, and peers if they’re members of any groups or know of any opportunities for you to speak. Can they get you added to the agenda? Can they give you the contact info for someone who can get you added to an agenda?
- Reach out to local organizations like the Rotary Club, the local book club, local houses of faith, senior centers, your local AARP, or fishing club—anything and let them know you’re a doctor or med student reaching out to your community to explain the ACA. Let us know and we can work with you to figure out what to say and ask for.
- Look for local health fairs or other community events. Because we’re a nonprofit, we’ve had success at getting info booths in many areas across the country. Let us know and and we can send you signs, buttons, printed copies, and anything else you might need.
Educating your way:
You can plan your own public education event! Here are some tips on how to make that happen:
- Find a location—local library, house of faith, local school, senior center, YMCA, parks and recreation building, etc. Anywhere with a public meeting space works!
- Set the date and time of your meeting
- Send out invites/announcements
- Post fliers (Email us if you need help making one)
- Try to get your event added to local community calendars (the event space’s public calendar, local houses of faith’s, nearby neighborhoods’, newspapers, etc)
- Get your flier included in local newsletters and newspapers (try homeowners associations, houses of faith’s banners/bulletins, etc)
- Make a Facebook event/Tweet about it
- Don’t forget to invite your friends, family, and peers!
Education can happen anywhere, so help make sure the information being spread is accurate. Are you standing in line at the grocery store when you hear someone spreading misinformation about the Affordable Care Act? Don't be afraid to jump in and clarify.
Then report it here! (Yes accidentally educating people counts, too.)
Gather Your Resources:
- So you have a time and place set up to educate people about the Affordable CareAct, but what should you say?
- Here's a worksheet to help you gather your thoughts.
- You can download the Affordable Care Act PowerPoint Presentation here. No projector? No problem! You can print out the presentation as handouts.
- You can download the latest Myths and Facts of the ACA sheet here.
- You can download the latest handout on ways the Affordable Care Act is already helping Americans here.
- Don't forget to bring declarations for people to sign. We'll be bringing them with us on our Patients Over Politics Bus Tour, so they're important!
- Sometimes groups/organizations like to have your bio before you present, here's a sample.
- Need tips on talking to an audience? Here you go!
Give Your Presentation:
- Be comfortable with the material.
- Remember, it only takes 3 minutes of education in order to change someone's mind about the Affordable Care Act.
- Be confident!
- It's ok to say "I'm not sure, but I can find out for you." You don't have to know everything.
- Take pictures if you can and we'll post them.
- Don't forget to ask them to take action-- have them sign a declarations, ask them to share something they learned with someone not at the presentation, ask them if they know of any other opportunities for you to educate people about the ACA, and, if they're other doctors of med students, ask them to become educators.
- Most importantly, have fun!
After the Presentation:
- Report it here! We want to make sure your efforts go towards Doctors for America's goal of educating 1 million people.
- Follow-up on any questions you may not have been able to answer. Email us if you need help: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follow-up with any possible leads for future speaking opportunities.
- Send us any signed declarations and/or pictures you have.
Plan your next one!
Teach One: Build a Team
Now that you're an expert on giving education presentations, it's time to build a team! With a DFA team you'll be able to educate even more people in your community. As a doctor or med student, you're a leader both at work and in your community so it's time to use those skills.
Don't know how to start? We've got you covered.
- Recruit from your presentation: Did anyone say they were interested in becoming an educator or marked it on their declaration? Give them a call and work with them. If you have a couple, invite them to a social gathering where you can talk about becoming an educator. Find out why they want to become an educator and then share your experiences and resources (like this website!).
- Recruit from your circle: Do you know other doctors or med students who are pro the ACA? Tell them why educating people is so important and ask them to become an educator or help recruit others. Invite them to your next presentation.
- Recruit non-presenters: Not everyone is comfortable speaking in front of a group, but don't let their enthusiasm and support go to waste! Have them help set up education opportunities for others. Or ease them into educating about the Affordable Care Act by working an info booth at a health fair.
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Have a question or want help brainstorming? Don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help every step of the way.