MMA Medical Student Section - Hands on Advocacy Project

Hands_on_advocacy.pngAbout

  • Hands On Advocacy is a student-created, student-led experiential learning project started by students within the Minnesota Medical Association - Medical Student Section (MMA-MSS) that provides a structured opportunity for medical students to run an advocacy campaign on a public health topic.    
  • Hands On Advocacy is a pilot program that has been created by students to test a new model of teaching advocacy and leadership in medical school.

Project Structure

  • Annual Advocacy Campaign: A new public health issue is identified each year and a team of medical students is selected to generate and implement a campaign that addresses this issue through education, policy, or professional best practices. 
  • Advocacy & Leadership Core Curriculum: monthly didactic sessions on pertinent advocacy and leadership topics.
  • Mentorship: each student is paired with an advocacy mentor

Campaigns

  • 2019-2020: Access to Mental Health Care Campaign (Year 2)
    • Background
      • This is year 2 of the access to mental health care campaign, which began in 2018.
      • Through this campaign, medical students will raise awareness of the topic, become involved in legislative advocacy, and provide education to students, physicians and the community on what can be done to address the challenges that exist in ensuring access to mental health care.  
    • Accomplishments
      • Coming soon
    • Resources
      • Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness
        • This video was created by a group of medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School, as part of their Public Health and Health Policy Project.
    • HOA In the News
  • 2018-2019:  Access to Mental Health Care Campaign
    • Background
      • Medical students across the state were surveyed regarding public health topics of interest and working to address access to mental health care was highly ranked.
      • Through this campaign, medical students will raise awareness of the topic, become involved in legislative advocacy, and provide education to students, physicians and the community on what can be done to address the challenges that exist in ensuring access to mental health care.
    • Accomplishments
      • Engaged in mental health outreach at local health fairs.
      • Reached out to legislators at the MMA Day at the Capitol to raise awareness for lack of mental health access.
      • Changed the curriculum at the University of Minnesota Medical School to include trauma-informed care.
    • Resources
  • 2017-2018: The Opioid Epidemic Campaign
  • 2016- 2017: The Vaccine Campaign

Additional Information

  • Hands On Advocacy Project  (Note:  This page is not maintained by the MMA, but rather by students on the Hands on Advocacy Project)
  • If you are interested in serving as a mentor for a medical student participating in Hands On Advocacy, please contact Juliana Milhofer.