Saint Joe’s is committed to advocacy work on a local and national level. Each year our residents are relieved of clinical duties to attend the Colorado State Lobby Day at the Colorado State Capitol, a few blocks away from the hospital, where we meet with local representatives to advocate for state-wide legislature to better women’s health. In past years, we have lobbied for extending FMLA coverage for better maternity leave options, and improved contraceptive coverage.
Our residents work closely with ACOG Colorado, who each year generously sponsor residents from both St Joe’s and CU to attend the national ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference. This conference is an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of advocacy, how-to lobby sessions, and ultimately meet our state senators and representatives to lobby for national bills affecting women’s health. In past years, we have lobbied for and helped pass legislation to establish funding for Maternal Mortality Review Committees in all 50 states to address our nations increasing maternal mortality rate, to extend Medicaid coverage for pregnancy through one year postpartum, and to increase NIH funding for research into women’s health diseases.