AAMC 2020 Policy and Advocacy Outlook - February 18, 2020

With Congressional activity ramping up and the President’s FY 2021 budget expected to be released in early February, AAMC Government Relations is offering a policy and advocacy webinar for AAMC members. 

AAMC staff will provide updates on legislative and policy issues affecting academic medicine, including the 2020 outlook and recommended actions. An agenda will be published ahead of the webinar.

Erica Froyd, MPA (Facilitator)

Sr. Director, Advocacy and Engagement

Erica Froyd joined AAMC in January 2019 as Senior Director of Advocacy and Engagement. In this new role, she develops and leads efforts to strengthen AAMC advocacy engagement and build more academic medicine legislative and policy champions. She comes to the position with more than two decades of extensive experience in professional advocacy at the federal level, including direct lobbying, policy development, public affairs, and grassroots and grasstops advocacy, focusing on issues affecting healthcare, research, and academic medicine.  

Prior to rejoining the AAMC government relations and public policy staff, Ms. Froyd managed the biomedical and health research policy practice for the consulting firm Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC in Washington, DC.  In that capacity, she chaired the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council of Government Affairs Biomedical Research Taskforce.  She also led the Washington Office of the Association of Independent Research Institutes and served on the Ad Hoc Coalition for Medical Research, as well as represented a variety of university clients in the education and research communities.

Previously, Ms. Froyd had been a government relations director for the AAMC and director of government relations and public affairs for the Society of Neuroscience, as well as a grassroots representative for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  

Ms. Froyd received her master’s degree in public administration with a health policy focus from The George Washington University, and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College.

Tannaz Rasouli, MPH

Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Outreach, AAMC

As Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Outreach at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Tannaz Rasouli holds primary responsibility for the AAMC’s legislative advocacy in support of medical research, medical education, and public health funding and preparedness. In July 2016, she was named Executive Director of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, a coalition of more than 200 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, and academic and research organizations, supporting an enhanced federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

In addition to her current areas of responsibility, since joining AAMC’s Government Relations office in January 2006, Tannaz has been responsible for several legislative issues of interest to medical schools and teaching hospitals, including the health care workforce, health equity, and other federal health care programs. From 2007 – 2016, Tannaz served as co-executive director of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), an alliance of more than 60 national organizations representing schools, programs, health professionals, and students advocating continued support for federal health care workforce programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration. In this capacity, she provided strategic direction for the coalition’s advocacy activities, coordinating briefings, meetings, and correspondence with Congress and the administration. 
Tannaz received her bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and her master of public health in health policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  
Since 2013, she also has served as adjunct faculty at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. 

Len Marquez

Senior Director, Government Relations & Legislative Advocacy

Matt Shick, JD

Sr. Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs

Jason Kleinman

Sr. Legislative Analyst

Ally Perleoni

Sr. Legislative Analyst

Christa Wagner, PhD

Sr. Legislative Analyst

Brett Roude

Legislative Analyst

AAMC 2020 Policy and Advocacy Outlook Webinar
February 18, 2020, 4:00 p.m. ET

I. Introduction – Erica Froyd

II. FY 2021 Appropriations Recommendations and Outlook
a. NIH and other public health agencies – Tannaz Rasouli
b. VA and NSF – Christa Wagner, PhD
c. HRSA programs, including Title VII and VIII – Brett Roude

III. Education, Diversity and Equity Issues
a. Higher Education Reauthorization – Brett Roude
b. DACA and other immigration issues – Matt Shick, JD

IV. Health Care Delivery Legislative and Policy Overview
a. Medicare GME – Len Marquez and Ally Perleoni
b. Surprise billing – Ally Perleoni
c. Medicaid DSH – Jason Kleinman
d. Drug pricing – Jason Kleinman
e. Medicaid policy and regulations – Jason Kleinman

Components visible upon registration.