More than 20 Bastyr University naturopathic medical students and staff joined over 30 naturopathic doctors (NDs) in Sacramento this past week to support access to naturopathic medicine care in California. The California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA) hosts this annual lobby day to bring together NDs, students, and advocates of naturopathic medicine at the California capitol for a morning training on the legislative process followed by an afternoon of meetings with legislators.
This year, the group attended meetings in the offices of 60 legislators from across the state to discuss the role naturopathic medicine plays in meeting the healthcare needs of their constituents and how their legislative support can increase access to this care.
For the naturopathic medical students, the CNDA Lobby Day provides an excellent opportunity for direct exposure to and involvement in governmental relations efforts and an opportunity to engage with practicing doctors from across the state.
Making the journey to Sacramento requires a commitment from students who take time away from their studies or breaks to attend.
“I am impressed with the dedication to civic engagement demonstrated by our students at the state, federal and international level” says Heather Carrie, Director of Bastyr University’s Center for Health Policy Leadership, who also participated in the CA Lobby Day. “In addition to state events, Bastyr students regularly attend national legislative conferences in Washington DC and are involved in global initiatives as well. Fourth year naturopathic medical student Griffin McMath served as the first official delegate to represent ND students at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. Bastyr students excel in leadership!”