ABA Health eSource
August 2010 PPACA Special Edition

Health Law Section Volunteer Opportunities

AuthorThe Health Law Section (“HLS”) has many opportunities for your involvement, and as the new Section Chair, I’m excited to present these to you. Two volunteer roles just became available and may be of interest.   

The first opportunity is to act as the HLS liaison to the ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice. A liaison participates in Coalition meetings and communicates relevant information back to the HLS Council. It’s a great way to serve the Section and meet others who are active in the ABA.  For more information about the Coalition, please visit http://new.abanet.org/centers/diversity/Pages/SocialJustice.aspx.

The second opportunity involves serving on an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on advancing pain research, care, and education.  The committee will be charged with taking a comprehensive view of chronic pain, identifying barriers to appropriate  care, identifying scientific tools, technologies and strategies necessary to improve the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of pain; and discussing opportunities for public-private partnerships in support of pain research, care, and education. The committee’s Report will be sent to the Institutes of Medicine and Congress.  In  addition to scientists, IOM is seeking experts in the fields of regulation and law enforcement; bioethics; and third party payors.   I have been asked to submit nominations to the IOM by August 20, 2010 so please let us know asap if you are interested.

If you have questions on either opportunity, please contact Simeon Carson, Associate Director, at Simeon.Carson@americanbar.org or at (312) 988-5824. If you would like to apply for either position, please submit your resume to Simeon by August 20, 2010 for the IOM  committee, and by August 27, 2010 for the Coalition liaison position.

I look forward to working with you this year!


Linda Baumann, Section Chair
ABA Health Law Section

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