July, 2016 Student Newsflash
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July 2016 Student Newsletter
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Exclusive Summer Discounts for Members, Chapter Event Highlight, and Upcoming July Events
AMWA Patagonia® “Better” Sweater Jackets Now on Sale!

Now made available to members, the AMWA Patagonia® “Better” Sweater full zip-up Jackets in black.  Jackets are embroidered with an AMWA logo and can be personalized!

From now until July 31st, you can purchase these jackets for only $138.00, including the cost of embroidery and personalization.

For more details on how to order, click HERE.
Exclusive Deal for AMWA Members ONLY!
Discounted Kaplan Step Prep!
This month, AMWA members can save an additional 15% if they purchase a Step 1 High Yield, Qbank & High Yield + Qbank program in the month of July. 

This deal will allow students to get their resources early and take advantage of some of our biggest savings of the year!

AMWA members, to take advantage of this deal by July 31st, be sure to use promo code: AMWABTS15

For more info click the link here!

Don't forget...AMWA members receive a 28% discount off regularly priced Kaplan products year round with promo code AMWABTS16
The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine AMWA Chapter is working with a local clinic in a nearby socioeconomically disadvantaged area, to create a gardening program that teaches women in the community how to grow and maintain a garden, with the hopes to provide fresh produce throughout the summer.

Women who participated also were provided the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills through selling part of their harvest to a local food pantries and learning how to grade/price fruits and vegetables, just as a farmer would. AMWA is helping to fund the program, as well as providing students help for the gardeners. In preparation for the growing season, students attended a gardening class and will continue to with the gardeners throughout the summer.
AMWA 2016 Interim Meeting
September 16-18, 2016
Indianapolis, IN

Registration is at no cost for both members and non-members

For More information and details on how to register for Interim, click here.
AMWA's Advocacy Corner
AMWA is passionate about advocating for women's health.  
Here are a few of the recent initiatives that AMWA has been involved with...

   Supreme Court Votes Against Texas Abortion Restrictions

In a 5 to 3 vote on June 27, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion restrictions enacted in Texas violated the decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, namely that these restrictions placed an “undue burden” on the ability to obtain an abortion. The restrictions in Texas included requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and having clinics meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.  This ruling will likely have an impact on access to abortion across many other states. 

ACLU Sues Federal Government to Bring Abortion Rights to Migrant Women 

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit, ACLU of Northern California v. Burwell, against the federal government, claiming that the government gave millions of dollars to religious organizations who deny birth control and abortion services to unaccompanied minors, most of whom are unaccompanied migrant women. Jennifer Chou, an attorney with the ACLU of Northern California, commented on the suit stating "We understand freedom of religion is an important constitutional right, but religious liberty does not give you the right to impose your beliefs on a vulnerable population."

House Votes on Mental Health Act

The House Majority leader stated that H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015, would be voted on in early July. The bill hopes to fight gun violence by lessening restrictions on Medicaid reimbursements for psychiatric hospitals and mental health facilities. The bill is predicted to pas the House, with 197 cosponsors: 141 Republicans and 56 Democrats.

For more information regarding AMWA Advocacy check out the Advocacy page here.
Are you passionate about public health and public policy? Do you want to influence health policy and keep AMWA members informed about the latest initiatives?

Consider joining the AMWA advocacy committee! 

Student involvement includes creating AMWA position statements, assisting local chapters in advocacy engagements, and plan the National Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.!
To join the committee, please click HERE.
For more information, please contact Student Advocacy Chair Rachel Ruderman at
Check out our National Student President, Samia Osman, making headlines...

"$1300 to take one test?  Med students are fed up."
"These Girls are Fighting Sexism with a Video Game About Tampons"

Time Magazine Online Article
Menstrual Equity Subcommittee and
Refugee Health Subcommittee 

If students are interested in working on menstrual equity efforts including the promotion of free menstrual products on campuses/public restrooms, or have interest in refugee health
please email Samia Osman at

Allison Ikeda is currently a member of the Class of 2018 at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Whitman College in 2011 with a double major in Biophysics/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Economics.

Allison is committed whole-heartedly to AMWA’s mission of advancing women in medicine and as Student President-Elect, actively engages in promoting both mentorship and leadership opportunities for female medical students, as a means to empower them at every stage of training.

Read more about Allison here!

  Contact your local AMWA chapter to learn how to get involved this month!

National Health Observances during the month of July include:
Cord Blood Awareness Month,
International Group B Strep Awareness Month,
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
and World Hepatitis Day is July 28th.
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