The November 2020 election is right around the corner, and yet many Americans still aren’t registered to vote. Voting is not always a priority when people are struggling to meet their basic needs, yet the voices of people in underrepresented groups are essential to shaping policy that benefits everyone. We talk with Dr. Katren Tyler about VotER, a program started at Massachusetts General Hospital that helps ED physicians encourage interested patients to register, and provides easy ways to help them do so. Julia tells us about similar efforts promoted by the American Academy of Pediatrics that encouraged census completion, as well as voter registration. Finally, we talk with Dr. Taylor Nichols, an Emergency Physician and expert in health policy, about how policy has important downstream implications for health. He also gives us some things to think about when you cast your vote next month.
(Incidentally, the last day to register online or by mail is 10/19, but you can register in person through 11/3)
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Dr. Julia Magaña, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis
Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis
Dr. Katren Tyler, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair of Wellness for the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Taylor Nichols, Emergency Physician, former UC Davis EM Health Policy Fellow, and California ACEP Board Member
Liggett A, Sharma M, Nakamura Y, et al. Results of a voter registration project at 2 family medicine residency clinics in the Bronx, New York. Ann Fam Med. 2014;12(5):466-469.