Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN) 2021 Training Series

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2021 Training Series


As a health care professional who treats addiction, you understand the impact that federal and state legislation has on your practice and your patients. At ASAM, we are committed to elevating the voices of addiction medicine among key policymakers. ASAM's new grasstops program, the Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN), aims to leverage members’ advocacy relationships with lawmakers and expand members' advocacy skills.

This four-part series of trainings for AMAN members will cover introductory topics on addiction medicine advocacy. This series will be available live for AMAN members and as free on-demand recordings for everyone. 

Interested in joining the Network? Whether you have existing advocacy relationships with lawmakers or simply want to develop new ones, consider applying for the ASAM Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN). As a member of AMAN, you will have access to advanced advocacy trainings, individualized advocacy support, and your work may be amplified and recognized through various communication channels. You can apply for AMAN by clicking here and completing the brief, online application.

Training Topics & Dates

  1. Overview of the New Congress and Tips for Meeting with Your Members of Congress- Monday, March 22, 2021 3:30-4:00pm ET (Part of ASAM's Addiction Medicine Advocacy Conference)
  2. Connecting Your Story to ASAM Policy Priorities for the 117th Congress- Friday May 21, 2021 12:00-12:30pm ET
  3. August Recess: Making the Most of In-District Meetings & Online Advocacy- Friday, July 30, 2021 12:00-12:30pm ET
  4. Making a Difference Through Media- Friday, November 12, 2021 12:00-12:30pm ET
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    In this first training for Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN) members, Cornerstone’s Erik Fatemi, will provide an overview of the 117th Congress; the 2021 national legislative landscape, and how Addiction Medicine Action Network participants and others can conduct successful, virtual Hill visits.

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    Overview of the New Congress and Tips for Meeting with Your Members of Congress


    As a health care professional who treats addiction, you understand the impact that federal and state legislation has on your practice and your patients. At ASAM, we are committed to elevating the voices of addiction medicine among key policymakers. ASAM's new grasstops program, the Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN), aims to leverage members’ advocacy relationships with lawmakers and expand member's advocacy skills.

    In this first training for AMAN members, Cornerstone’s Erik Fatemi, will provide an overview of the 117th Congress; the 2021 national legislative landscape, and how Addiction Medicine Action Network participants and others can conduct successful, virtual Hill visits.    

    Interested in joining the Network? Whether you have existing advocacy relationships with lawmakers or simply want to develop new ones, consider applying for the ASAM Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN). As a member of AMAN, you will have access to advanced advocacy trainings and individualized advocacy support, and your work may be amplified and recognized through various communication channels. You can apply for AMAN by clicking here and completing the brief, online application.

    Session Information

    Date:  Live on Monday, March 22, 2021 as part of ASAM's Addiction Medicine Advocacy Conference, this session is now available on-demand as a recorded webinar.  

    Speaker(s): 

    • Erik Fatemi

    Learning Objectives

    By completing this session, you will be able to:

    1. Explain the New Congress and its committees of jurisdiction most relevant to addiction medicine
    2. Describe the 2021 legislative landscape
    3. Apply tips and best practices for conducting virtual meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

    Erik Fatemi

    Principal

    Cornerstone

    Erik Fatemi joined Cornerstone in 2013 after serving 12 years on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education under Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA). From February 2010 through October 2013 Erik served as the subcommittee’s staff director.

    During his time in the Senate he oversaw the entire breadth of funding and policy issues in the subcommittee’s jurisdiction, developing particular expertise in the areas of biomedical research and early childhood, secondary and higher education. He specialized in NIH issues for that entire period and is the only non-NIH employee ever to receive the NIH Director’s Award. His other honors include the 2014 Staff Recognition Award from the Committee for Education Funding for his work on the Appropriations Committee. Erik was the Senate’s key representative during negotiations with the House of Representatives and White House over the annual Labor-HHS-Education spending measure, and as a result of this position he maintains extensive relationships within the Executive Branch and both chambers of Congress.

    Prior to Capitol Hill, Erik worked for a dozen years as a reporter, editor and columnist at various news organizations, most recently at Education Week, where he directed the publication’s coverage of federal education policy and education technology. Erik holds a degree in English from Princeton University.  He is married and has three girls.

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    In this second training for Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN) members, ASAM’s Chief Advocacy Officer, Kelly Corredor, will review ASAM national policy priorities, key messages, and strategies for tailoring personal stories to federal issues.

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    Connecting Your Story to ASAM Policy Priorities for the 117th Congress


    As a health care professional who treats addiction, you understand the impact that federal and state legislation has on your practice and your patients. At ASAM, we are committed to elevating the voices of addiction medicine among key policymakers. ASAM's new grasstops program, the Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN), aims to leverage members’ advocacy relationships with lawmakers and expand member's advocacy skills.

    In this second training for AMAN members, ASAM’s Chief Advocacy Officer, Kelly Corredor, will review ASAM national policy priorities, key messages, and strategies for tailoring personal stories to federal issues.

    Interested in joining the Network? Whether you have existing advocacy relationships with lawmakers or simply want to develop new ones, consider applying for the ASAM Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN). As a member of AMAN, you will have access to advanced advocacy trainings and individualized advocacy support, and your work may be amplified and recognized through various communication channels. You can apply for AMAN by clicking here and completing the brief, online application.

    Session Information

    Date: This session was live on Friday, May 21, 2021, this session is now available on-demand as a recorded webinar.  

    Speaker(s): 

    • Kelly Corredor, JD

    Learning Objectives

    By completing this session, you will be able to:

    1. Describe ASAM national advocacy priorities
    2. Identify the impact of policy on your addiction medicine practice
    3. Discuss federal policy on addiction medicine comfortably

    Kelly Corredor, JD

    Chief Advocacy Officer

    the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

    Kelly M. Corredor, JD, is the  Chief Advocacy Officer for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), a national medical specialty society representing more than 6,000 physicians and other clinicians who specialize in the prevention and treatment of addiction.  In her role at ASAM, Ms. Corredor is responsible for the society's legislative, federal, state, private payer, and liaison activities and for the development of key Congressional, government agency, and coalition relationships, as well as all matters of advocacy and public policy-related media relations for the society.   Currently, she primarily focuses on legislation and policy concerning the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic, with an emphasis on important reforms related to improving patient care coordination and safety, investing in the addiction treatment workforce, expanding access to evidence-based addiction treatment, and improving provider education.

    Immediately prior to joining ASAM, Ms. Corredor was the co-founder and CEO of a Florida nonprofit dedicated to reducing harms related to drug misuse and addiction and served as a progressive state voice on drug-related matters, calling for more compassionate, science-based, and health-oriented responses to Florida's drug-related problems. Prior to her nonprofit work, Ms. Corredor was an attorney in the global real estate department of a leading international law firm. 

    Ms. Corredor earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. She, her husband, and two young sons live in Arlington, Virginia.

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    In this third on-demand training for Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN) members, ASAM’s Chief Advocacy Officer, Kelly Corredor, will provide an overview of how to connect with one’s members of Congress, find out about in-district events, and set-up an in-district meeting to discuss ASAM issues.

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    August Recess: Making the Most of In-District Meetings & Online Advocacy


    As a health care professional who treats addiction, you understand the impact that federal and state legislation has on your practice and your patients. At ASAM, we are committed to elevating the voices of addiction medicine among key policymakers. ASAM's new grasstops program, the Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN), aims to leverage members’ advocacy relationships with lawmakers and expand member's advocacy skills.

    In this third on-demand training for AMAN members, ASAM’s Chief Advocacy Officer, Kelly Corredor, will provide an overview of how to connect with one’s members of Congress, find out about in-district events, and set-up an in-district meeting to discuss ASAM issues.

    Interested in joining the Network? Whether you have existing advocacy relationships with lawmakers or simply want to develop new ones, consider applying for the ASAM Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN). As a member of AMAN, you will have access to advanced advocacy trainings and individualized advocacy support, and your work may be amplified and recognized through various communication channels. You can apply for AMAN by clicking here and completing the brief, online application.

    Session Information

    Date:  Friday, July 30, 2021

    Time: 12:00-12:30 pm ET

    Speaker(s): 

    • Kelly Corredor, JD

    Learning Objectives

    By completing this session, you will be able to:

    1. Describe how to connect with members of Congress and recognize local opportunities to interact with elected officials 
    2. Explain how to set up and what to expect in an in-district meeting  
    3. Interact with elected officials comfortably and confidently 
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    In this fourth and final training for Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN) members, Schmidt Public Affairs will provide an overview of how to work with ASAM to draft an op-ed or letter to the editor and to understand best practices for media interviews.

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    Making a Difference Through Media


    As a health care professional who treats addiction, you understand the impact that federal and state legislation has on your practice and your patients. At ASAM, we are committed to elevating the voices of addiction medicine among key policymakers. ASAM's new grasstops program, the Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN), aims to leverage members’ advocacy relationships with lawmakers and expand member's advocacy skills.

    In this fourth and final training for AMAN members, Schmidt Public Affairs will provide an overview of how to work with ASAM to draft an op-ed or letter to the editor and to understand best practices for media interviews.  

    Interested in joining the Network? Whether you have existing advocacy relationships with lawmakers or simply want to develop new ones, consider applying for the ASAM Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN). As a member of AMAN, you will have access to advanced advocacy trainings and individualized advocacy support, and your work may be amplified and recognized through various communication channels. You can apply for AMAN by clicking here and completing the brief, online application.

    Session Information

    Date:  Friday, November 12, 2021

    Time: 12:00-12:30 pm ET

    Speaker(s): 

    • Schmidt Public Affairs Representative

    Learning Objectives

    By completing this session, you will be able to:

    1. Identify opportunities to support ASAM advocacy objectives through media
    2. Utilize basic media training tips, including interview skills and message discipline
    3. Interact with the media comfortably and effectively 

    Rebecca Reid

    Media Specialist

    Schmidt Public Affairs, LLC

    Rebecca Reid brings more than twenty years of experience in media relations and government affairs spanning the local, state and national political and press arenas. 

    As a journalist in the San Francisco market, Reid began her career as a radio reporter and producer and a television news writer for network affiliate newscasts. As press secretary for members of Congress, she worked regularly with the national press corps on issues such as foreign aid, defense funding, Medicare and nuclear energy.

    Following her tenure on Capitol Hill, including Press Secretary for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, she served as press secretary to County Executive Parris N. Glendening, prior to his election as Governor of Maryland. As director of Public Affairs for the Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT), Reid served as press secretary to the Secretary of Transportation, managed the Public Affairs Division for the DOT headquarters, and acted as liaison to the Offices of the Secretary and the Governor for all DOT modal administration public information officers.

    As the chief consultant of her own public affairs firm, Reid provided a full range of media relations, government affairs and association management services to health care provider groups.

    During her tenure at Edelman Worldwide in Washington, D.C., she served as Vice President of Media Relations for the Healthcare Practice and played a key role in garnering earned media placements for several clients in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, network news and major dailies across the country. Other clients included pharmaceutical companies, The Joint Commission, quality improvement organizations, and organizations advocating on various issues such as cancer care and stem cell research.

    For the last decade, Rebecca has managed national media outreach for SPA as well as written materials including, opinion-editorials, testimony before federal agencies and congressional committees and press conference scripts for various healthcare clients.

    In addition to her extensive media background, Reid has experience in local, state and congressional political campaigns and has managed national advocacy coalitions.