The Healthcare Policy Advising Committee is a dedicated group made up of people of faith that convenes virtually once a month to address the critical issue of gun safety and food insecurity. Our committee’s primary focus is to engage in thoughtful and collaborative discussions about specific gun safety and food insecurity initiatives driven by healthcare managers and workers. The committee will advise on the following two policies:
- The Gun Safety Policy will provide guidelines for family practice physicians and pediatricians to engage adult patients in a conversation about gun safety and provide a resource for more information, along with complimentary gun locks.
- The Two Q’s Food Insecurity Policy will aim to include a brief two-question food insecurity assessment during the intake process in healthcare settings and subsequently provide information about SNAP enrollment through digital resources.
The HPAC plays a pivotal role in shaping and advocating for gun safety and food insecurity policies that positively impact our city and beyond. Composing a diverse group of healthcare workers, stakeholders in the healthcare industry, or people in academia, this committee serves as a strategic nexus where innovative ideas converge with real-world experience.
Qualifications for the Healthcare Policy Advising Committee (HPAC):
- Understanding or willingness to understand gun safety and food insecurity issues and how healthcare workers can help drive these policies: Committee members should have a strong understanding and experience in the healthcare industry, research or academia.
- Knowledge of or willingness to learn about Policy Development: It is important for committee members to be familiar with or willing to learn about the policy development process.
- Communication and Collaboration: Effective communication and collaboration skills are helpful for committee members to actively participate in discussions, share their perspectives, and contribute constructively to the committee’s work.
- Ethical Conduct and Confidentiality: Committee members should adhere to high ethical standards.
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/month
Max Number of Members: 10
Current Number of Members: 2