It’s no secret that advocating on behalf of the profession is a passion of mine. In fact, ever since taking this office, I’ve made many a trip to Washington, D.C.
But I have to say that last week’s trip to our nation’s capital is one of my most memorable. Not only did nearly 1,000 DOs, osteopathic medical students and supporters of the profession join me for the March 8th DO Day on the Hill event, but later that evening we dedicated the National Osteopathic Advocacy Center. About 200 guests, including U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, were in attendance for the occasion. The National Osteopathic Advocacy Center (NOAC) serves as a tangible testament to advocacy for the profession as well as a symbol of the important role the AOA plays as a contributor to health care policy and reform.
Next time you’re in D.C., be sure to stop by for a tour of this impressive space.
Many people know the late Marcelino Oliva, DO, a past AOA president, as one of the profession’s biggest advocates, particularly at the federal level. It’s only fitting that we continue to feel his presence, naming the NOAC lobby after this leader. It was an honor to have Mrs. Oliva join us that day.
Visitors can learn more about the AOA, current leadership and watch videos looking back on the terms of former AOA presidents using this interactive screen.