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Physicians as Community Health Leaders

Physicians as Community Health Advocates leadership program
Dec. 5–6: Free training in Chicago for 30 physicians

The American Medical Association (AMA) is focused on improving health outcomes for two of the nation's most troubling and prevalent issues: cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In addition to providing direct care to patients with these diseases, physicians play an important role at the community level in advocating for policies to improve health behaviors and health outcomes through policy, health care systems and environmental changes.

With an educational grant from Pfizer Inc, the AMA has developed the Physicians as Community Health Advocates (PACHA) leadership program to assist physicians in taking this leadership role. The AMA seeks to (a) promote health equity and credible data for informed patient-physician decision-making and (b) bolster work already underway across organized medicine, the private/public sector, local communities and the federal government to reduce the significant burdens associated with these two diseases.

The AMA is conducting a free "train-the-trainer" session in Chicago on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5–6. This training will give participating physicians who have a history of community involvement the skills needed to become PACHA trainers. After attending this training, participants are required to conduct at least two PACHA sessions in their communities and train their colleagues in how to become community health leaders.

The AMA will cover travel/hotel expenses. Participants will fly in the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 5 with training to begin at 6 p.m. Training continues at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and concludes at 3 p.m. Participants are required to stay for the entire day and half session.