By: Sarah Luebbert
As the new executive director of MOCEP, I have spent the first two months working closely with the board of directors to understand the goals and vision of the association. These first months have been active with the Annual Membership Meeting in early May, along with the election of new board members, officers and councilors.
I was privileged to be able to attend the ACEP Legislative and Advocacy Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C., with 13 other Missouri representatives. The conference included a full day of meetings exclusively for the executive directors of the ACEP chapters. I was able to interact with my counterparts in more than 30 other states. We shared successes, best practices, and received updates from ACEP team members.
Additionally, at the conference, I was able to gain a better understanding of the issues emergency physicians deal with daily. During visits to Capitol Hill, I heard and contributed stories to help our Congressional leaders, and their aids, better understand these issues. It was great to see our Missouri leaders so welcoming to the group and many already showing support for the bills we were there to discuss with them.
I encourage all of you to attend the ACEP LAC to not only interact with your peers, but to talk with your members of Congress. Helping them to understand the complex world of emergency medicine doesn’t have to take place in Washington, D.C. Contact these individuals and invite them to your ED for a few hours, arrange meetings with them when they are in Missouri, but please reach out to them in some form. Your stories and feedback is what they need to hear to assist them in making their voting decisions on the healthcare issues they are presented every day.
I look forward to working with all of you, and please contact me if I can be of assistance to you.
Sarah Luebbert, APR
Executive Director, MOCEP