Carl E. Burkland, MD, Retired Physician, New Prague
July 2019 Advocacy Champion
A physician has been given the singular opportunity to be able to make life-altering differences in peoples' lives whether at the individual physician-patient diagnostic relationship level or at the population public health policy level.
Physicians are able to powerfully and effectively advocate for improving patient and population health because of the mantle of esteem and respect bestowed on an individual once he or she becomes a physician by having undergone years of an arduous, intense medical education. This recognized, educated, acquired wisdom is a heavy weight to be used judiciously in policy making.
Since 1999, Dr. Burkland has been advocating for a ban on the hand-held use of cellphones while driving. He succeeded in helping the MMA to develop policy on this issue, and on Jan. 22, 2019, he testified during a legislative hearing in support of adopting legislation that would make the use of hand-held cellphones while driving illegal. On April 12, 2019, Gov. Tim Walz signed this bill into law.
Thanks, Dr. Burkland, for your passionate advocacy work!
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