This week the AMA had its interim meeting in Hawaii and while I didn't have the opportunity to attend, I was able to watch some of the proceedings via the net.  I was particularly struck by the comments of AMA President Jeremy Lazarus. You can watch his full presentation Here. In talking about how to move forward with implementing health care reform and creating a model of care integration Dr. Lazarus said, "Our loftiest aspirations are exactly what's needed now to transform our health care system...and that physicians can accomplish great things when they work together."  He also indicated that even with increased partnerships within medicine, physicians will need to build connections with those outside of medicine to address the social determinants of health such as housing, employment and education and their impact on individual health.  

NHMS continues to facilitate connections within medicine and within communities across New Hampshire to improve health and healthcare.  I'd like to share with you two recent examples of our collaborative work.  

In regards to safe and appropriate opiate prescribing practices, NHMS has been very active.  We advocated for the passage of the Prescription Monitoring Program, collaborated with physicians from diverse specialties to develop an Opioid Prescribing Resource (to be launched this weekend) and NHMS is promoting ongoing CME on this subject.

In regards to public health, the NHMS Medicine Public Health (MPH) Task Force is focusing its work on a purposeful collaboration of medicine, public health, and community partners to improve the overall health of our population.  We are looking to include the Million Hearts Campaign (millionhearts.hhs.gov) in this work and we need your help!  Please join us for this year’s first meeting on Monday November 26 from 6-8pm at the NHMS office. RSVP

 

Together, we can accomplish much more than we can alone!