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Ann Settgast, MD & Elizabeth Frost, MD Co-chairs PNHP-MN. PNHP Chapter Organizing “The Minnesota Experience” PNHP Annual Meeting 2011. Getting started. Co-chair concept: highly recommended! Snail mail invite to a first meeting using national PNHP list Website => Dave Howell

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Pnhp chapter organizing the minnesota experience pnhp annual meeting 2011

Ann Settgast, MD & Elizabeth Frost, MD

Co-chairs PNHP-MN

PNHP Chapter Organizing“The Minnesota Experience”PNHP Annual Meeting 2011

Getting started
Getting started

  • Co-chair concept: highly recommended!

  • Snail mail invite to a first meeting using national PNHP list

  • Website => Dave Howell

  • Consider a chapter resolution as an organizing tool

Recruiting members
Recruiting members

  • Loose definition of member: signer = member

  • Word of mouth: ask each member to sign on 5 more

  • Advertisements in local MN physician publications +/- business reply card

  • Talks to MD groups (residency noon conferences & Grand Rounds)

  • Tabling

  • E-Mailing & snail mailings to physician groups

Volunteer speakers group
Volunteer Speakers Group

  • Speakers Trainings

  • Recruit a core group so no invitation is turned down

  • Go in pairs

  • Use resolution and sign-in sheets at all physician events

  • Log your events

Medical students
Medical Students

  • Critically important

  • Lunch lectures

  • Curriculum

  • Student groups (ISTOP, AMSA)

  • Interest fair

  • Day on the Hill

Acquire physician lists
Acquire physician lists

  • Brainstorm email or snail mail lists you might acquire:

    • Specialty groups

    • Politically active groups

    • Campaign donor lists

    • Workplace lists

Sample invitation email
Sample invitation email

  • Dear XXXX,

  • I am writing to introduce you to the Minnesota chapter of Physicians for a

  • National Health Program. As you may know, PNHP is a non-profit research and

  • education organization of over 18,000 members nationally who support

  • single-payer health care. Our Minnesota chapter was founded in 2007 and is

  • vibrant and growing.

  • Federal efforts toward meaningful healthcare reform are stalled. Fortunately, Minnesota has a viable state single-payer movement. Although the state legislative climate is currently unfavorable, the Minnesota Health Act authored by Senator John Marty is a state single-payer bill which holds great promise over the next several years. It has significant legislative and public support. This, in the context of a pro-single payer administration, bodes well for Minnesota's position as a state where single-payer can actually happen.

  • Our Minnesota chapter has over 600 physician and provider signatures

  • on its resolution supporting HR676 (the federal equivalent of our Minnesota

  • bill) and the Minnesota Health Act. A list of your colleagues who have already signed the resolution is available at

  • These signatures are influential in showing legislators and the public the support among Minnesota physicians for a single payer solution to the nation's

  • ever-growing health care crisis. Please consider signing on. This can be

  • done in 2 quick steps:

  • 1. Go to the Minnesota PHNP website 2. Select the link "Read and sign our resolution now"

  • You need not join PNHP or make a contribution to be a signer. Your contact info, if you choose to provide it, will not be shared, but will enable you to receive our chapter updates (average 1-2 emails per month).

  • The PNHP website has a link to the text of Minnesota's bill as well as

  • other single payer resources. If you are not interested in signing the

  • resolution at this time, but would like more information, please reply and let us know you would like to be added to our chapter email list.

  • Thank you for your help in making high-quality healthcare affordable and available to ALL patients.

  • Sincerely,

  • XXXX

Data collection email list
Data Collection & Email List

  • Keep membership database in Google Documents or Excel

  • Consider asking national office to send your chapter emails (we limit to 1-2 per month) rather than gmail like we do!

Chapter structure
Chapter Structure

  • Steering committee

    • ~ 10 members (1 treasurer, 1 secretary)

    • Two year commitment

    • Attend chapter & SC meetings regularly

    • Be available by email for quick decision-making

    • Rotating student slot

  • Chapter meetings

    ~ 4 per year

Event planning
Event Planning

  • Bring in an outside expert; this always generates interest

  • Examples: Dr. William Hsiao, T.R. Reid, Dr. David Himmelstein

  • Use PNHP-national connections

  • Don’t be shy about letting folks know you are a physician

Pnhp interns
PNHP interns

  • Highly recommended

  • Medical student provides perfect link

  • 50% of time devoted to education

  • Other jobs:

    • Acquiring speaking invitations

    • Survey members

    • Surveys/Studies

Establish yourselves as experts
Establish yourselves as experts

  • Seize opportunities to respond to questions & inaccurate statements using evidence

  • Develop a relationship with media

  • Follow-up all meetings with thank-you notes – insert evidence in these*


  • One end-of-the-year letter

  • Yearly ‘Summer Celebration’ with another single payer group

  • Dues from the National Office

  • Our budget: about $6,000 per year

Miscellaneous tools
Miscellaneous Tools

  • Business Cards

  • Paid high school student to manage database (organize by district)

  • Paid consultant (to organize our day-on-the-hill)

Things we could do better
Things we could do better

  • Delegate more to steering committee

  • Have a dedicated media contact member

  • NOT use g-mail for chapter emails

  • Do not try to do too much – keep it simple