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

City Club of Boise - COVID19 Healthcare Expert Discussion 2.0

September 9, 12-1:15 PM

Thanks to our exclusive sponsorship, ACMS members are offered free registration for this upcoming conversation with local doctors Patrice Burgess, Christine Hahn, and James Souza along with Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo and facilitated by Corey Surber, Director of State Advocacy for Trinity Health. The June COVID 1.0 talk has been the most viewed of all of City Club's presentations so far this year.

ACMS Members may login and register here for free.

Non-ACMS Members may register directly with City Club of Boise here for $20.


128th IMA (Virtual) Annual Meeting and House of Delegates

October 9, 2020 8 AM

The 128th IMA Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates will be held VIRTUALLY on October 9, 2020, starting at 8:00 am.  Each year the House of Delegate, made up of its physician members, sets the IMA’s advocacy agenda through resolutions and reports.

This meeting is for IMA Active Physicians only (regardless of ACMS' by-laws changes mentioned above) and is free to attend. Because it will be held online, this is a perfect year for you to participate, even if you've not attended before. By registering for the meeting, you are automatically signed up as a delegate unless otherwise indicated, able to testify, propose amendments, and vote on resolutions.

ACMS is entitled to up to 104 delegates based on its membership size and we are offering a $25 lunch reimbursement for eligible members who sign up and attend as delegates.

Call for Resolutions

Due to the compressed format of the HOD virtual meeting, the IMA Board of Trustees is seeking to limit resolution submissions to only those that are urgent or of the highest priority. The IMA BOT will determine if a proposed resolution meets this standard. If you have a resolution of this nature, please look at the guidelines and format for submission at the link below. Resolution drafts are due by September 1.

More information about reslutions and registration can be found at the IMA Website.

Fall 2020 ACMS Book Clubs Now Forming

Many members remain voracious readers long after their college and medical training years and it has been on our minds to get a member book club started. Since we cannot really get together in person, we are going to make it easy to do it online together. Reading, reflecting, and discussing is a great way to expand your viewpoints and learn to engage in civil conversations with people (and authors) who think differently than you. This makes us all more well-rounded people.

This fall we will form multiple book clubs depending on the level of interest. Take a look at our Fall Book List and indicate your interest here.


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.

Director: Steven Reames, director@adamedicalsociety.org  (208) 336-2930
Membership Assistant: Jennifer Hawkins, jennifer@idmed.org (208) 344-7888
305 W Jefferson Street Ste 101, Boise ID 83702  FAX (208) 344-7903


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