TMA Day on the Hill
The Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine Participated in the Tennessee Medical Association Day on the Hill Event
Nashville, TN -March 7, 2023
The Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine (TNSAM) proudly took part in TMA’s prestigious annual policy briefing and lobby day in Nashville, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of addiction medicine. This highly anticipated event served as a powerful platform for TNSAM to exert its influence and advocate for enhanced healthcare policies surrounding addiction treatment and prevention.
On the momentous day of Tuesday, March 7, 2023, our passionate and dedicated TNSAM members, including esteemed physicians, professionals, and advocates, converged upon the event with a shared mission: to drive significant change and shape the future of addiction medicine in Tennessee. With resolute determination, we engaged in meaningful discussions with lawmakers, shedding light on the pressing issues and challenges faced by those battling addiction and the professionals dedicated to their care.
The impact of TNSAM’s presence and unwavering commitment to advancing addiction medicine was profound. Drawing strength from our collective expertise, we passionately addressed critical topics such as access to treatment, evidence-based practices, harm reduction strategies, and the vital importance of destigmatizing addiction. Our unified voice resonated throughout the halls of the Tennessee General Assembly, influencing legislators and shaping the healthcare landscape.
It is with immense pride that we report the impressive outcomes achieved at this momentous event. Over 250 dedicated individuals, including physicians, students, residents, alliance members, medical office staff, and healthcare administrators, joined forces with TNSAM, radiating a shared passion for transformative change in addiction medicine.
The event provided an opportunity for TNSAM to establish connections with legislators, fostering a dialogue that can lead to impactful policy decisions. The resounding success of our efforts was evidenced by the significant number of legislators we engaged with—an astounding 85 out of the total 132 in the Tennessee General Assembly. This achievement showcases the undeniable influence of TNSAM’s advocacy and the recognition of our expertise in addiction medicine.
Furthermore, we take great pride in the fact that TNSAM’s representation spanned 28 out of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Our diverse coalition of addiction medicine professionals united from various regions, demonstrating the widespread commitment to addressing addiction-related issues across the state. Together, we forged alliances, exchanged ideas, and laid the groundwork for collaborative efforts that will yield lasting positive outcomes.
The impact of TNSAM’s participation in this event cannot be overstated. Through our active involvement, we have paved the way for critical conversations surrounding addiction treatment and prevention. Our advocacy efforts have initiated a ripple effect that will extend far beyond the event itself, influencing policies, raising awareness, and ultimately improving the lives of individuals affected by addiction throughout Tennessee.
As we reflect on the resounding success of our participation in TMA’s annual policy briefing and lobby day, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the TNSAM members who dedicated their time, energy, and expertise to make a difference. Your unwavering commitment to the field of addiction medicine has truly made an impact, propelling us closer to our shared vision of a healthier and more compassionate Tennessee.