Every year, hundreds of Naturopathic Medical students and Physicians lobby on Capitol Hill to increase awareness of Naturopathic Medicine and educate politicians.
The event is known as DC FLI (DC Federal Legislative Initiative). It’s an inspiring weekend. And one that I have been fortunate enough to participate in.
This year, Naturopathic Doctors earned loan repayment privileges through Indian Health Services. The most noteworthy part of this is that we earned this privilege at the request of one tribe. One. That is all it took to include us into a loan repayment program. Further, loan repayment has been a key point in legislative meetings for the AANP on Capitol Hill for some time. We have accomplished something big.
It is inspiring to know that our efforts have paid off. It solidifies the point that one group, no matter how big or small, can make a difference.