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Civic and Civil Engagement

“The purposes of this Society are to advance the well-being of its members through the promotion of health, education, community, and civic engagement. We collaborate with similar organizations throughout Idaho to form the Idaho Medical Association.” - Proposed Purpose Statement, ACMS By-Laws under Revision

Civic Health Month

We are proud to be part of a growing coalition to promote Civic Health Month this August. This is a nonpartisan collaboration between healthcare organizations, voter registration organizations, and providers aimed at making the connection between civic engagement and healthcare. Civic Health Month showcases the ongoing civic engagement functions of organizations across the healthcare spectrum and focuses and highlights these efforts throughout the month of August. 

A study of 12 states this May showed up to a 70% drop in election-cycle voter registration rates as DMVs remain closed and in-person registration events are impeded by public health guidance. Voting safely has become a major public health concern, and now more than ever before, we need to give every American a voice in shaping health policy and empower them to do so in a safe and healthy way.

Here are some ways you can get involved with this effort:

Follow Civic Health Month to stay up to date with the latest:
Twitter @Civichealthmon
Instagram @Civichealthmonth

Human Rights Certification Course

At the August Idaho Medical Group Management Association Effective Practice Management series webinar, Dan Prinzing - the executive director for Boise's Wassmuth Center for Human Rights - spoke on "What's My Civic Responsibility?" As a comprehensive human rights education center, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is charged with taking the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial’s message into businesses, classrooms and communities and in the process, to ask the questions that prompt a conversation about our shared humanity.

  • What is my role in the community?
  • Am I a bystander or upstander when I hear or witness injustice?
  • Am I willing to commit to the core principles of diversity, inclusion, ethics, respect and civility?
He discussed the ways in which individuals can negotiate tough and awkward conversations with staff, friends, or family when they hear or witness injustice of any kind. He also talked about how one can respond in the moment to address inappropriate comments from individuals, without inciting conflict. Educating ourselves to recognize injustice is key to having these conversations. Because of this, The Wassmuth Center created a Human Rights Certification course that will help you become more sensitive to these principles. Find out more at their website.

Community for Inclusion in Healthcare

Are you interested in continuing civil conversations in Boise that this summer's national and local events have started? If so, contact one of the individuals below to find out about meetings and opportunities for ACMS members and allies to engage with going forward. Find out more about this group of people who are helping promote a more diverse medical community.

Contact Us

305 W Jefferson Street Ste 101, Boise ID 83702

Director: Steven Reames, director@adamedicalsociety.org  (208) 336-2930
Membership Assistant: Jennifer Hawkins,jennifer@idmed.org(208) 344-7888


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