2017 Policy & Advocacy Leadership Institute:

State Rep. Gina McCabe (R-Yakima), center, met with Sienna Laughton; Kassondra Frith; Stephanie Ellwood, DO; and Victoria Kent as part of PALI. Laughton, Frith and Kent are all students at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

Make A Difference!  Bring “Your Voice” to Support Your Patients and Family Medicine in Olympia

The Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) invites you to participate in the Policy and Advocacy Leadership Institute – Family Physician Day at the Capitol in Olympia. Held annually during the first part of the legislative session, WAFP members spend the day at the Capitol hearing from legislators, agency heads and the governor’s staff about key issues for primary care physicians.

Attendees also receive advocacy skill-building tips from policy development experts and are briefed on Academy priorities and pending legislation. The event is only open to members and is free of charge. All members, including residents and students, are encouraged to participate in this important family medicine event. All participants must register.

The event typically begins at 8 a.m. and ends around 5 p.m. The morning is spent in training and briefings, and after a working lunch discussing current Academy priorities and member questions, the afternoon is spent meeting with legislators and relevant agency staff. Legislative appointments will be scheduled between 1:30 and 5 p.m., so participants must keep this time available.