I cannot believe that I am the 91st president of our Michigan State Medical Society Alliance (MSMSA). What an honor to join the ranks of the outstanding women who served before me.
What an awesome group of members and friends who are cohesive, dedicated & loyal. I see those same dedicated members directing time, energy and talents to their causes and the important issues in their own communities. Those issues may be DATFMADD, SAVE, Immunizations, Human Trafficking, Child obesity or any number of others of importance. We have the desire to make our own communities better and to make our state and nation better through our efforts.
The American Medical Association Alliance (AMAA) cause again this year is the Opioid Epidemic. Any of you who have read Dreamland by Sam Quinones, or heard him speak at the AMAA conference last June, will understand the urgency and need to get this epidemic under control. We may each personally know of a family in our own community who has lost a potentially productive person to drug overdose. The cost to America of losing these people is overwhelming and must be stopped. The only way to do this is by educating our people, young and old, to how devastating the problem is. Two of our counties, Kent and Jackson, have already started programs and symposiums. Perhaps the rest of us can plan something of an educational manner in our own counties.
We keep legislation as a top priority in MSMSA. We had a very successful meeting with many of our senators and representatives on the Health and Human Services Committees this past February. They did listen to us. A few even took notes. Who knows, we may have turned light bulbs on in heads to get the support for bills or defeat bills. We will stay informed of old and new bills and where MSMS-A stands.
We have a great program for the North Central District AMAA Conference September 15-17, 2017 in Novi. MSMSA will be hosting this wonderful and educational event. It's not often that it is so close to home and easy to get there.
I am so excited to be in this office at this time. I know that working together we will be the strong and influential group of spouses that we have always been. The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) needs our help, support, ideas and actions, as they always have. We are the force that can do that.