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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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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