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​Diversity and inclusion are a part of AHLA's value system and are essential to the Association's ability to produce the highest quality non-partisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues. AHLA values and seeks to advance and promote diverse and inclusive participation within the Association and there are numerous opportunities for all members to become involved in a way that best meets their professional development needs, expertise, and time parameters.

The opportunities below are excellent ways to share your knowledge and expertise and enhance your professional portfolio. See something that interests you? Complete and submit the online volunteer form. Have a question about something? Send us an email at volunteer@healthlawyers.org.

​Call for Authors

AHLA Weekly and AHLA Connections

AHLA Publishing Staff seeks authors to write bylined feature articles on current awareness topics for AHLA Weekly and articles for AHLA Connections magazine. To propose an article, contact Bianca Bishop at bbishop@healthlawyers.org.

Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law

For AHLA's Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law, email journal@healthlawyers.org to propose an article analyzing a discrete legal issue with practical implications for intermediate-to-advanced health lawyers.

Practice/Affinity Group Alerts, Bulletins, Briefings, and Newsletters

  • The Life Science Practice Group (LS PG) is seeking authors for PG Alerts, Bulletins, or Briefings during the AHLA 2018-2019 program year. To better facilitate the timely generation of these publications, we are asking LS PG members and their colleagues to commit to generating at least one PG Alert, Bulletin, or Briefing during the year on a topic of the author's choosing. We define life sciences broadly to include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, research and development, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and intellectual property issues. Months will be scheduled in advance, and individuals, firms, and organizations may sign up to cover a particular month. We seek volunteers to sign up for one or two months during the current AHLA year and hope to have enough volunteers to assign at least two volunteers to each month. The LS PG leadership can assist in brainstorming potential ideas for PG Alerts, Bulletins, or Briefings if needed. To ensure impartiality, authors may not write about cases or issues in which their law firm or company are or were directly involved. In particular, we encourage younger members of the LS PG to participate in this effort. This opportunity closes June 30, 2019Submit your interest today.
  • The Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group (PALS PG) is seeking authors for its Newsletter. The Newsletter article should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words on a topic of interest to the PALS membership. Interested volunteers should provide an overview of the article topic and title to the PALS Vice-Chair of Publications. This opportunity closes October 15, 2018Submit your interest today.
  • The Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group (PALS PG) is seeking authors for its PG alerts and bulletins. A PG alert focuses on breaking news of interest to the post-acute and long-term care industries and is 1,000 words or less. A PG Bulletin is a short article on a topic of interest to PALS members that includes analysis and application and is 1,000-2,000 words. Interested volunteers for alerts would be assigned to one month, and would likely write 1-2 alerts during that month. Interested volunteers for Bulletins should provide an overview of the article topic and title to the PALS Vice-Chair of Research and Website. Submit your interest today.
  • The Health Information and Technology Practice Group (HIT PG) seeks volunteers to provide short summaries (<1,000 words) of current news and developments in the health information technology area. Candidates would sign up for a particular calendar month and commit to provide at least one but ideally two PG Alerts for the HIT PG. This opportunity closes on December 31, 2018Submit your interest today.
  • The Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Practice Group (AMCTH) is seeking authors for PG Bulletins and PG Briefings. A PG Bulletin is a short article on a current awareness topic that includes substantial analysis and application (1000-2000 words). A PG Briefing is a publication that provides in-depth analysis of a noteworthy development or issue in health law (2000+ words). Ideally authors will draft and finalize articles in Fall 2018. This opportunity closes on December 31, 2018Submit your interest today.
  • The Children's Health Affinity Group (CHAG) seeks volunteers to author publications on topics of interest to children's hospitals. These publications range from brief bulletins of 1,000-2,000 words analyzing relevant issues to more substantial publications involving a deeper dive into a particular topic. Potential topics could include behavioral health issues, telehealth, working with schools, working with adult care providers, reimbursement issues, or other issues that relate to children's hospitals. This opportunity closes on December 31, 2018. CHAG is affiliated with the Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals PG and the In-House Counsel PG. Submit your interest today.
  • The Business Law and Governance Practice Group (BLG) seeks authors for PG Alerts, Bulletins, or Briefings. Volunteers would commit to generating at least one PG Alert, Bulletin, or Briefing during the 2018-2019 program year on a topic of the author's choosing. We define business law and governance broadly. Individuals, firms, and organizations may sign up to cover a particular month. The BLG PG leadership can assist in brainstorming potential ideas for PG Alerts, Bulletins, or Briefings if needed. We also need volunteers who are interested in monitoring "hot topics" as well as those who would like to prepare short articles (1,000-2,000 words). This opportunity closes on December 31, 2018Submit your interest today.
  • The Antitrust PG is seeking authors to write articles for the third edition of its Antitrust Advisor newsletter. The next newsletter will be published in February 2019 and final articles are due January 2, 2019. Please submit a brief description of the article you propose to write no later than November 26, 2018. Submit your interest today
  • The In-House Counsel Practice Group (IHC) seeks authors for short Practice Group alerts - short summaries (1,000 words or less) of breaking a breaking news item that is of interest in healthcare attorneys serving in in-house counsel roles. Volunteer should be able to commit to producing an alert in a specific month or on a specific topic. This opportunity closes on May 1, 2019Submit your interest today.
  • The Physician Organization Practice Group (POPG) seeks authors for its upcoming Newsletter. The article should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words on a topic of interest to the POPG membership. Suggested topics include the following:
    1. Physician issues encountered in natural disasters and emergencies
    2. Employment issues common to physician practices
    3. Considerations in use of Advance Practice Providers
    4. The Legalities involved with the prescribing of Medical Cannabis
    5. Contracting with ancillary providers

However, authors may suggest another topic that would be of interest to the POPG. Interested volunteers should provide an overview of the article topic and title to the POPG Vice-Chair of Publications. This opportunity closes October 10, 2018 with initial drafts due on October 24, 2018Submit your interest today.

  • The Hospitals& Health Systems Practice Group is seeking assistance to help keep our membership up-to-date on hot topics with Email Alerts and Bulletins. We are need volunteers to monitor the news for items relevant to the HHS PG members and write short articles (1,000-2,000 words) on those topics. This opportunity closes on March 30, 2019. Submit your interest today.

Practice/Affinity Group Alerts, Bulletins, Briefings, and Newsletters

  • The Payers, Plans, and Managed Care Practice Group (PPMC PG) is also seeking a volunteer to prepare a toolkit regarding disaster planning. This would supplement materials that may have been developed in connection with the Emergency Preparedness Rule. That Rule guides surveyors, providers and suppliers on how to ensure the adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems. Here, the piece would really speak to legal issues that come up from a plan perspective (such as how to manage care when prior authorizations and/or referrals are being waived or if/how to monitor/oversee providers during the disaster). To get the volunteer started, he/she would receive and benefit from a prior outline that has been completed on this topic. The deadline for submitting interest in this opportunity is October 31, 2018.

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