Voice of the Patient Speak Volumes in Public Arena and on Capitol Hill

As the national health care debate begins to take center stage, ACEP is working on several initiatives to ensure emergency medicine issues are in the forefront. A key component of these media, public outreach, and advocacy efforts is to tell the stories of the patients who have been directly affected by the crisis in emergency medicine. 
 
Putting a "face on an issue" allows people to experience the story as if they had lived it themselves. And, in the process, the story, and the idea that resides inside it, becomes their own. For many organizations, the use of personal stories has been the foundation of their success in educating the public and affecting change on Capitol Hill.

It is imperative that ACEP put a human face and voice on our issues. ACEP members are urged to reach out to friends, colleagues, and if appropriate, patients and ask them to allow us to share their stories.

We have created an online form that makes it easy to send us patient stories. If you have contact information from a patient who is willing to talk to us, please say so when completing the form (do not include their contact information) and an ACEP staff member will contact you. We are particularly looking for individuals who were affected by overcrowding, boarding, lack of on-call specialists, ambulance diversion or ED closure. Positive patient stories are also welcome and can help us shine a spotlight on the life-saving work emergency physicians do every day.

Please take a moment to share your stories or the stories of your patients by filling out this online form: http://www.soapboxconsulting.com/acep.html.

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