State Advocacy Coordinator Program

To apply to become a State Advocacy Coordinator in the following states: AK, AR, DC, FL, HI, IA, KS, ME, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NJ, NM, ND, OK, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WV, WI, WY - Download the Application 

 

Purpose 

The purpose of the State Advocacy Coordinator program is to develop a national grassroots network of AMCP members who monitor state legislation and advocate on behalf of AMCP at the state level as necessary.  The S.A.C. would also encourage AMCP members in his or her state to respond to AMCP Action Alerts and contact their elected officials on issues that impact the profession. 

Who 

S.A.C. volunteers should be informed professionals who are interested in the future of managed care pharmacy.  AMCP will train these volunteers on the specifics of public policy issues and how to understand their state political system.  Volunteers do not need to be political experts.  We will provide the information and resources necessary to help them be effective advocacy leaders in their state. 

Selection Process 

AMCP would like to have one State Advocacy Coordinator in each state.  In large states, it would be acceptable to have two S.A.C.s.  Expressing initial interest in this volunteer role involves a short application.  AMCP staff will then contact the interested volunteer and they will collaboratively decide if the position is a good fit both for the volunteer and AMCP.   

S.A.C. Training 

State Advocacy Coordinators will be trained by AMCP Government Affairs staff in all areas of responsibility.  S.A.C.s will receive a guidebook providing the information and guidance they need to fulfill the role.  In addition, S.A.C.s can expect between 6-8 training programs per year explaining the AMCP position on specific public policy issues and how to be an effective advocate, as well as how to use the online Advocacy Center, how to monitor legislation, and how to understand the state political system.  These programs will be offered via telephone, online webinars, and at in-person trainings at national AMCP meetings.    

Staff is available to S.A.C.s at any time when questions and issues arise in their state.  S.A.C.s are encouraged to communicate regularly with the AMCP Government Affairs staff on current state activities and issues.  The Academy does not expect the S.A.C. to work independently or to commit overly burdensome hours to this work.  We realize this is a volunteer position, and we are seeking volunteers who are interested in being involved and who are concerned about policy issues affecting managed care pharmacy. 

Time Commitment & Travel 

The State Advocacy Coordinator position is a three-year volunteer appointment.  This timeframe allows each S.A.C. to have the time to learn the public policy issues affecting AMCP, to learn the political dynamics and the leaders in his or her state, to have time to build a network of connections, and to identify and mentor a successor who can continue doing the work of the S.A.C. in the state.  While responsible for both federal and state work, most time will be spent on state-specific policy matters.  The S.A.C. should serve for no more than two (2) consecutive terms.   

Staff anticipates that S.A.C.s will spend no more than 30 minutes per week on advocacy activities, on average.  This will vary significantly depending on the state legislative calendar.  On occasion, more time will be needed for advocacy work, such as when legislation impacting AMCP is active.   

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