Advocating for Change Within Your Health System: Two New Online Courses Free for STFM Members

August 1, 2022— The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has released two new online courses to help faculty and residents advocate within their health systems. These interactive courses will teach learners how to craft targeted messaging to decision makers within health care systems. Both courses are free to STFM members.

Advocating Within Your Health System

Leading change in home institutions requires advocating for business-based solutions that meet the needs of the health system and medical education. STFM's new course aids in the creation of crafting targeted messaging to decision makers within those health systems. Learners will review the importance of using data and story telling when advocating for change, and demonstrate the need for health system change by building a business case with costs and benefits that clearly support the request.

Analyzing Health Systems Data 

Health systems use data to make business-based decisions that will benefit patients, practitioners, and administration. Understanding the sources and uses of data within health systems will make data a powerful tool that can be used to advocate for business-based solutions or changes within health systems. This free, online, interactive course will help learners identify and interpret the metrics of their health system when it comes to advocating for change within institutions.

Learn more about Health Systems Curriculum.


Task force members:

  • Arch G Mainous III, PhD (Task Force Chair), University of Florida
  • Margaret Baumgarten, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Jonathan Lichkus, MD, MPH, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center 
  • Sabrina Mitchell, DO, St Mary’s Family Medicine Residency
  • Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
  • Mary Theobald, MBA, Society of teachers of Family Medicine

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