Last week, on May 3rd-4th the Illinois Advocacy Committee held their quarterly meeting in Springfield, Illinois. The two-day meeting started with a tour of Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, where committee members were shown the latest technology and teaching techniques. The Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation was designed specifically to foster communication, education, collaboration and innovation among the healthcare workforce. Committee members were extremely impressed by the Surgical Skills Center and Simulation Center.
On May 4th, Illinois Advocacy Committee members were briefed on legislative issues including the HEAL Act - a penny per ounce tax applied to sugar sweetened beverages, and Tobacco 21 statewide legislation - an increase in the legal purchasing age of all tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. The group then was sent straight to the Statehouse to talk with their legislators on these issues and drop off petitions from constituents.
Thank you to all our amazing Illinois Advocacy Committee members who took time out of their busy schedules to attend the two-day meeting!