6:00 to 6:05 pm Welcome and Introductions – Stephen Larry Mecham, DO, President, and Don J. Fowls, MD, Government Affairs Chair, Arizona Psychiatric Society 6:05 to 6:10 pm A Word from Advocacy Sponsor – Terrell Sweat, DIR State and Local Government Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy6:10 to 7:10 pm Improving Mental Health Through Advocacy: A Conversation with Leaders and Legislators
Special Legislative Guest: Representative Amish Shah, MD, MPHAlexis Glascock, Esq., Arizona Psychiatric Society LobbyistMarsi Thrash, Senior Regional Field Director – American Psychiatric AssociationAmanda Rusing, Director of Government Relations – ArMA
7:10 to 7:30 pm Question and Answer Session
Representative Amish Shah, MD, MPH Since 2019, he has been a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, serving Central Phoenix and South Scottsdale. He has been the recipient of several awards for the quality of his service, including the Arizona Capitol Times' Best Political Rising Star for two consecutive years, the Arizona Medical Association's Distinguished Community Service Award, and the Humane Society's Legislator of the Year. He is the recipient of the 2022 Legislator of the Year / Womens' Health Champion Award from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Alexis Glascock, Esq. is Of Counsel with Fennemore Craig PC and is the newly designated lobbyist of the Arizona Psychiatric Society, having assumed that role on January 1, 2020. Alexis has lobbied for clients including the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Foundation, the Arizona Association of Health Care Plans, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. She also has successfully assisted with the passage of bills in industries ranging from trucking to trampolines. Marsi Thrash is the Senior Regional Director of State Government Affairs for the American Psychiatric Association covering 17 Southern and Southwestern District Branches, including Arizona’s. She joined APA in November 2015 and celebrated 20 years of lobbying in 2020. Amanda Rusing is the Director of Government Relations for the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA). Amanda is responsible for leading ArMA’s advocacy team in representing the interests of its physician members. Utilizing members’ input, she steers the organization's advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels of the government. Prior to joining ArMA, Amanda worked in private-sector government relations where she lobbied state and local governments on behalf of clients on a diverse array of issue areas. Rusing also served as the director of legislative affairs for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and on staff at the Arizona State Senate.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR: This outreach is supported by sponsorship from Janssen Neuroscience.
Continuing Education Credit
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Arizona Psychiatric Society. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The APA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Planning Committee and Faculty Disclosures The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.
Planning Committee Gretchen Alexander, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: LB Pharmaceuticals, Inc., individual stockholder. None of the other Planning Committee members has any financial relationships to disclose.
Faculty DisclosuresNone of the faculty has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
MEDIA TRAINING: An Event for Arizona Psychiatric Society Members MAXIMIZING SOCIAL MEDIA AND ADVOCACY IMPACTS
If you were not able to attend live on June 15, 2021 for the media training with senior APA communications staff (detailed bios below) on insights for media interactions, best practices, how to prepare, how to follow-up, and establishing best practices for social media engagement, please contact our offices. Meeting materials and a private link to the video recording is available to our members. If you are not a member, but are interested in joining, please reach out for more information on joining and the training.