The College’s House of Delegates continues its work

| October 25, 2021

The College’s House of Delegates continues its work

The College’s House of Delegates (HOD) has remained active during the 2021 third quarter. Check out our activities for the first and second quarters too.

Our first goal is to make sure our delegates are adequately trained and have everything they need to carry the College’s message to local, state and regional allergy societies.

To that end, we’ve hosted a webinar, an in-person training session and another webinar will be offered by the College on Dec. 1 at 7:00 pm CT – How to Advocate for Allergy. Our Alaska State Delegate Dr. Melinda Rathkopf and Alabama State Delegate J. Allen Meadows are the presenters. Be sure to register! Even if you can’t attend, register anyway. All registrants will receive a link to the recorded webinar.

HOD Annual Town Hall Meeting
If you’ll be in New Orleans for the Annual Meeting, plan to attend our in-person, Annual Town Hall Meeting, Friday, Nov. 5 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm CT. We’ll have a brief business meeting, where delegates will ratify:

  • Our new HOD Recording Secretary, J. Wesley Sublett, MD, FACAAI.
  • Renewed terms for Super-Delegates for the Great Lakes Region, Don Bukstein, MD, FACAAI and New England Region, Christopher Randolph, MD, FACAAI.

The New England Region also proposed two resolutions for HOD consideration.

The business meeting will be followed by a presentation from Susan R. Bailey, MD, FACAAI (and former American Medical Association president) titled, “Physician Leadership in Shaping the Post-COVID Health System.”

In the second presentation “Changing Paradigm in Allergy Practices – Making Advocacy Work for Us,” Jay Portnoy, MD, FACAAI, will present reasons for supporting the use of telehealth; Priya Bansal, MD, FACAAI, will present an adverse view; and Bill Finerfrock, the Advocacy Council’s Washington Advisor, will summarize pending legislation on this issue and develop a call to action. Andrej Petrov, MD, FACAAI, will moderate.

Do you want to be a State Delegate?
Currently, there are 30 delegates representing states across the nation, but we’re looking for a few more good advocates from:

  • New England Region – Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont
  • Mid-Atlantic Region – Delaware, Pennsylvania
  • Southeast Region – Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories
  • West Coast Region – Hawaii, Washington
  • Great Lakes Region – Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota
  • Intermountain Region – Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming

Beginning Jan. 15 through Feb. 26 will be accepting applications for State Delegates. Watch Insider for more information.

Regional Town Hall Meetings
For the second year, each super-delegate hosted a virtual town hall meeting for their specific region. As a reminder, all College members are invited to attend any and/or all these town halls. These informal sessions, held in the evening, encourage allergists to speak with other allergists about issues they were experiencing locally or within their practices. Watch email messages for future meetings.

HOD Speaker

A special thank you to Speaker Curt Hedberg, MD, FACAAI, who has been the guiding force for the HOD the past two years. Under his leadership, the HOD strengthened its local, state and regional connections, allowing members to connect with the College on a more personal level. Dr. Hedberg leaves us in the capable hands of his successor, M. Razi Rafeeq, MD, FACAAI.