CPMA Kicks Off National Foot Health Awareness Month at Annual Legislative Conference

CPMA Kicks Off National Foot Health Awareness Month at Annual Legislative Conference

 

(l to r) Alexandra Jacobs (CSPM); Nishu Vora (CSPM); Paul Weiner, DPM; Neil Trivedi (CSPM); Tracy Ferragamo, DPM; Michael Zapf, DPM, President, California Board of Podiatric Medicine; Holly Spohn-Gross, DPM, Secretary-Treasurer, California Podiatric Medical Association

 On Wednesday, April 3, more than 100 podiatric physicians, residents and students from the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) and the College of Podiatric Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences (CPM @ WestenU) converged on California’s Capitol of Sacramento for the California Podiatric Medical Association’s 2019 Legislative Leadership Conference to raise awareness of the healing art of podiatric medicine, and increase the understanding of the critical role podiatric physicians play in saving limbs, lives and money by keeping Californians on their feet – Healthy, Active and Productive. 

During the morning breakfast briefing and noontime lunch with leaders sessions, attendees heard from leaders of California’s legislature: Assembly Member Evan Low (D-28) Chair, Assembly Business and Professions Committee; Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-33) Member, Assembly Health Committee; Assembly Member Phillip Chen (R-55) Member, Assembly Business and Professions and Assembly Member Jim Wood (D-02) Chair, Assembly Health Committee.  The Keynote Speaker was Senator Richard Pan, MD (D-06) Chair, Senate Health Committee and Chair, Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services

 Following the addresses and presentations, attendees (armed with information and data on the invaluable role of podiatric medicine has in healthcare) took the brief walk to California’ magnificent capitol building where they met with their legislative representatives.  Following an afternoon of traversing California’s corridors of power championing the patients and specialty of podiatric medicine, attendees gathered to share their stories with each other during an evening reception, which included a number of legislators dropping in to say hello.