Emory's partnerships with the higher education, academic health centers, and business communities are critical to Emory's success on Capitol Hill, in the Georgia Statehouse, and within our community. This webpage is devoted to outlining these important relationships. While much of our engagement is with established associations and organizations, we are also a leader in several small, targeted groups. We are always in a stronger position when advocating alongside our partners; and our community should be proud of Emory's engagement and leadership.
Click on the links below to learn more about our partners.
Academic Health Center Working Group
Founded by Emory and Johns Hopkins in 2009, the Academic Health Center (AHC) Working Group consists of 18 of the nation's premier academic health centers, working together to promote the specific interests of academic health centers on Capitol Hill. Working closely with the Association of American Medical Centers (AAMC), the AHC Working Group educates Congress and the Administration on the importance of supporting the next generation of physicians, preparing for the next infectious disease outbreak, and ensuring continuity of the government-AHC partnership. Last year, the AHC Working Group's government affairs representatives participated in a message box exercise. The resulting message was "Academic health centers do what no one else can do, leading medicine to a future that no one else has yet imagined." We are looking for opportunities to promote that message at all levels of government. Currently, the Working Group is crafting a letter to congressional leadership outlining our priorities for the 115th Congress.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) constitutes all 145 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. The AAMC is dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research, and serves the leaders of America's medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Emory works closely with the AAMC; Cameron Taylor, Vice President of Government Affairs, has served on the Government Relations Representatives' Steering Committee and worked very closely with the AAMC to advance emergency Ebola funding. Dr. Bill Bornstein, Chief Medical Officer for Emory Healthcare, serves on the Chief Medical Officers Group and Dr. Chris Larsen, with the Emory Transplant Center, serves on the Task Force for AAMC Mergers and Affiliations.
The Association of American Universities (AAU) comprises 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. AAU focuses on issues that are important to research-intensive universities, such as funding for research, research policy issues, and graduate and undergraduate education. AAU works to maintain the productive partnership between the nation's research universities and the federal government. The major activities of the association include federal government relations, policy studies, and public affairs. Emory's leadership is represented on key committees. For example, Nancy Seideman, Associate Vice President of Media Relations, serves on the AAU Public Affairs Committee and Cameron Taylor has served on the Steering Committee of the Council on Federal Relations. AAU has allowed us to enhance our relationships with our colleague institutions as we work together on a range of issues including regulatory reform, accreditation, endowments, and student aid.
The Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP) brings together the top CEOs and leaders from Atlanta's private sector, universities, and nonprofits to provide leadership on issues of great impact for the City via a highly effective partnership with the Mayor of Atlanta. Members serve on working task forces to provide best practice expertise and jumpstart problem-solving. The ACP is a highly-focused, intentional, and energetic organization to which top Atlanta leaders commit their time on an ongoing basis. Emory President Claire E. Sterk serves on the ACP.
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county Atlanta region. The ARC helps focus the region's leadership, attention, and resources on critical issues of common concern. The ARC works with local jurisdictions and various regional partners like Emory on issues including transportation options, healthy livable communities, water resources, services for older and disabled residents, public safety, and workforce training and recruitment. Betty Willis, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Emory University, serves on the Strategic Relations Committee and the Regional Competitiveness Strategy Implementation Committee and is actively engaged in the planning and execution of priority issues for our region.
Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) is a private non-profit community development organization providing leadership, programs, and services to preserve and strengthen the economic vitality of Downtown Atlanta. CAP's board of directors represent Downtown's top business, civic, and education leaders who are focused on a robust community that is safe, livable, diverse, economically viable, assessable, clean, hospitable, and entertaining. Dan Owens, Chief Executive Officer of Emory Midtown Hospital, and Betty Willis are actively engaged on the CAP board and strongly support CAP's successful initiatives that have helped to contribute to a vibrant and beautiful Downtown.
Dean’s Nursing Policy Coalition
In 2011, Emory and four other leading schools of nursing came together to form the Deans' Nursing Policy Coalition (DNPC). Their goal was, and continues to be, to speak with a credible and effective voice on national issues of concern to the institutions, students, faculty, patients, and communities that these Schools of Nursing serve. The Coalition monitors issues relevant to nursing education, research, and practice, and engages with federal stakeholders in order to advance shared objectives. Now encompassing ten schools of nursing, Emory School of Nursing Dean Linda McCauley serves as DNPC co-chair.
The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce focuses on issues that impact businesses in DeKalb County and promotes public policies that support economic development, business retention, and quality of life issues for all of DeKalb's diverse residents. Betty Willis has served on (and chaired) the Chamber's board of directors for many years and is actively involved as a member of the Government Affairs Committee, which sets the legislative advocacy agenda for local, state, and federal issues of interest to the Chamber's members.
Georgia Bio is a trade organization representing the life sciences in Georgia. Members include companies, universities, research institutions, government groups, and other industry associations involved in discovery and application of life sciences products and related services. Georgia Bio conducts business and economic development activities; advocates on behalf of the industry on public policy matters; educates the public about the benefits of life sciences research and product development; and provides a network for the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities. The organization is the state affiliate of the Washington, D.C.-based Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Kallarin Mackey, Emory's Director of State Affairs, serves as Vice Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) represents more than 170 hospitals across the state. Its purpose is to promote the health and welfare of the public through the development of better hospital care for all of Georgia's citizens. GHA serves as an advocate for its members on state and federal legislative and regulatory policy. The association also provides information and education on issues ranging from access to health care and clinical care updates, to effective hospital management and compliance with high-level accreditation standards. GHA is an allied member of the American Hospital Association (AHA), in which we are also engaged. For example, Dr. Bryce Gartland, Chief Executive Officer of Emory University Hospital, is a member of the AHA Academic Medical Center Strategic Leadership Group, and Sharon Pappas, Chief Nursing Executive for Emory Healthcare, sits on AHA's Nurse Executive Group.
At the state level, Emory works often and closely with the Georgia Independent Colleges Association (GICA). Emory is one of 25 institutions in GICA's membership and works with GICA leadership in advocating for private institutions in the Georgia General Assembly. This invaluable partnership between Emory and GICA improves the voice of private institutions at the Capitol. GICA provides industry-wide statistics that provide context for policymakers, and it speaks with one voice on issues affecting its members. During this upcoming session, GICA is spearheading a request to increase the amount of the tuition equalization grant, which encourages Georgia residents to attend eligible private colleges in the state by providing assistance toward educational costs. This budget request from GICA is just one example of a type of initiative from which all of GICA's membership will benefit.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) focuses on providing the best business environment for companies through its many services and also promotes partnerships between universities and the business community. Some of the focus areas include bioscience and health IT, innovation and entrepreneurship, technology, and workforce development. The MAC has a highly respected and influential public policy team, with whom Betty Willis and others at Emory work closely on policy issues of mutual interest on the local, state and federal levels. Claire E. Sterk serves on the MAC's Executive Committee of the Board and Goizueta Business School Dean Erika James is also engaged in programs with the Chamber.
The Regional Business Coalition of Metropolitan Atlanta (RBC) is comprised of the leadership of 15 metro Atlanta area chambers of commerce, representing over 10,000 businesses that collectively employ over a million metro Atlanta residents. The RBC's primary goal is to represent the interests of RBC Chamber members on public policy issues impacting transportation, water, and air quality and to advocate for solutions that improve metro Atlanta's quality of life and economic vitality. Betty Willis has served on (and chaired) the board for many years and works closely with the RBC at the State Legislature, where efforts to advance support for transit funding have been successful.