Health Policy

DO Day

The Ohio Osteopathic Association encourages students to serve as advocates for patients and the osteopathic profession. The association helps to underwrite the cost of student participation at DO Day on the Hill in Washington, DC, by providing charter bus transportation from Athens. Find out more about DO Day sponsored by the AOA.

DO Day 2013

DO Day 2013 OU-HCOM Group 1

OOA Health Policy Rotation

State Sen Lou Gentile with Kimbra Joyce OMS IV during a health policy rotation in November 2013

The OOA Health Policy clerkship is designed as a 2-4 week rotation for OU-HCOM fourth year students and CORE residents. The elective, which was started in 2013, qualifies for 4, 6, or 8 hours of credit, and introduces students to the state legislative process and public health policy formation.

Students spend time shadowing the OOA executive director and health department officials to see state government in action. They have an opportunity to observe sessions of the Ohio General Assembly, attend health related legislative committee hearings, talk with legislators, and participate in state agency, coalition and stakeholder meetings.  

Students who complete the rotation learn how to read existing laws and proposed legislation; research health policy issues and draft policy statements; effectively communicate with legislators and state agency officials; and testify before legislation committees to support, oppose, or propose amendments.  

Students, who are interested in a less intensive rotation are welcome to spend a day shadowing the executive director at the Statehouse. For more information, contact Matt Harney at

Ou Hcom Student With State Rep

Ou Hcom Students With State Rep Phillips

OU-HCOM Student and Dept of Aging Director

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Ou Hcom Students Nate Overmire Oms Iv And Elizabeth Snajder Oms I With Rep Terry Johnson Do Sponsor Of Hb 443 Johnson Tavares