What is OMSA's Day of Action?
The OMSA Day of Action is one of OMSA’s flagship events (previously known as Lobby Day). 60 Ontario medical students meet with Members of Provincial Parliament at Queen's Park to advocate on a specific topic. In recent years, we've advocated for improved access to mental health care and for solutions combating the rise in unmatched medical graduates; work on these issues are ongoing.
This year's Day of Action topic is Public Health Funding. In August 2019, the Ontario government announced cuts to municipal public health and childcare programs (after rolling back planned cuts in early 2019). Currently, the province covers 100 per cent of the cost of certain public health programs. Under the revised plan, starting in 2020, municipalities are responsible for 30 per cent of all public health costs. These cuts are expected to strain municipal finances, reduce healthcare access for marginalized populations, and add to the existing stress in the healthcare system with respect to hallway medicine. Further cuts to public health funding are expected to worsen the crisis of hallway medicine and the health of many Ontarian communities. All of this has been paused in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this gives us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of public health and advocate for better infrastructure so that we can be better prepared for the next public health-related emergency.
This year, the Day of Action event is going virtual! We will have a virtual training weekend on Saturday, November 14 - Sunday, November 15, 2020, followed by virtual meetings with MPPs during the week. As we are going virtual, we are offering people the opportunity to apply to be delegates (and participate in both the training weekend and meetings with MPPs) or simply register to be an attendee (and participate in only the training weekend).
Day of Action Training Weekend: November 14-15, 2020 virtually
Day of Action MPP Meetings: November 16-20, 2020 virtually (delegates will attend MPP meetings on one of the days, depending on their availability)