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Health Policy Committee

Chair Sarah M. Lyon, MD, MSCE Philadelphia, PA
Vice Chair Stuart C. Sweet, MD, PhD Saint Louis, MO
Committee Member Anne Mainardi, MD New Haven, CT
Committee Member David M. Chooljian, MD, JD Loma Linda, CA
Committee Member Humberto Choi, MD Cleveland, OH
Committee Member Jerry S. Zifodya, MD, MPH New Orleans, LA
Committee Member Joe K. Gerald, MD, PhD Tucson, AZ
Committee Member Kunal Patel, MD, PhD Chapel Hill, NC
Committee Member - CCR Representative Nicholas A. Kolaitis, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Sean J. Callahan, MD Salt Lake City, UT
Committee Member Sharron J. Crowder, PhD, RN, ATSF INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Committee Member - PAR Representative Tonya Winders Vienna, VA
Committee Member Veena B. Antony, MD Birmingham, AL
Committee Member Vinay Gupta, MD, MPA, MSt Boston, MA

The principal function of the Health Policy Committee is to serve as a resource for the staff of the ATS Government Relations Office and to advise the ATS Executive Committee and Board of Directors on issues of policy importance and priorities for ATS action. The Health Policy Committee strives to achieve health equality, and advocates for improved health and access to care for patients with critical illnesses and pulmonary and sleep-related conditions. It monitors federal healthcare legislation, policies, and regulations and provides federal agencies with expert knowledge to assist their efforts to improve the provision, funding, and coverage of services and support the prevention of respiratory disease. The Committee periodically develops position statements on proposed or existing federal healthcare policies when appropriate. Finally, the Health Care Policy Committee also reviews federal policies regarding pulmonary and critical care workforce needs and provides expert opinions in coordination with the Council of Chapter Representatives.

Benchmarks, 2021-2022:
• Monitor key health policy issues, establish ATS positions and priorities, and develop new programs to educate and inform members about the impact of government policy on health care; provide expertise to support advocacy response efforts;
• Partner with ATS Publications, Web Editor and appropriate staff to inform ATS membership about health policy issues relevant to our pulmonary, critical care and sleep membership, including ATS Scholar articles, periodic announcements (such as the Washington Letter), web offerings, webinars or podcasts, and symposia at the International Conference;
• Work with the ATS Government Relations Office to establish advocacy priorities for Hill Day, District Advocacy Activities and future ATS International Conferences held in Washington DC;
• Explore opportunities for collaboration with the International Health Committee to develop policy priorities regarding advocacy for global lung, sleep health and critical care services with an emphasis on preventive and treatment services in developing and under-developed healthcare settings; partner with Environmental Health Policy and Health Equality committees to address systemic inequities such as environmental influences on health outcomes;
• Interact with the Healthcare Policy Working Group of International Health Committee;
• Collaborate with CCR, PAR, relevant ATS committees and sister organizations to develop partnerships that can assist with monitoring state level legislative and regulatory activity and contribute expertise to support state level advocacy efforts. Identify specific issues of shared focus to use in developing state advocacy infrastructure;
• Collaborate across advocacy related committees through quarterly committee leadership calls to educate the membership about ATS advocacy efforts and monitor ATS advocacy metrics, and foster increased engagement in advocacy among early career ATS members;
• Coordinate bi-annual meeting with the ATS FIRS representative to provide committee with an update on FIRS activities.