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

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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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