Role of Presenters:
You are knowledgeable and passionate about a particular health policy related issue. You receive a phone call from a health legislative aide from your U.S. Senator’s office and he/she asks you to prepare and deliver testimony at an upcoming Congressional health committee hearing on a topic related to this issue.
Each student will be assigned to a panel of 4-5 students to testify on a topic related to ONE of the below policy issues:
MY ASSIGNED TOPIC IS MEDICARE, I NEED A SUBTOPIC TO PRESENT ABOUT. THERE IS ALREADY SOMEONE PRESENTING ON MEDICARE FOR CHRONIC CARE AND AGING. I NEED TO SPEAK ABOUT A DIFFERENT SUBTOPIC IN MEDICARE. ALL I NEED IS A PAGE OR TWO OF RESEARCHED INFORMATION WHICH I CAN SPEAK ABOUT FOR 5 MINUTES.
Each panel of students will research their assigned health policy issue, and decide what timely subtopic each student will address in their testimony.Each student must address a different policy topic under the panel’s assigned policy issue (NOT a different part of the testimony).
Prepare and deliver a 5-minute testimony (maximum time per student) in class to a (pretend) Congressional committee with health jurisdiction interested in your policy issue and considering legislation to address the issue.Be creative on how you approach your topic.For example, you may be proposing a new piece of legislation, arguing a new policy angle to existing policy, etc.
Each student’s testimony on the panel should include a brief background on the issue, facts, your proposal, and arguments (pro and con).AT LEAST ONE-HALF OF YOUR TESTIMONY TIME MUST BE SPENT ON THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR POLICY PROPOSAL.
PRACTICE YOUR PRESENTATION.DO NOT STAND UP AND SIMPLY READ YOUR NOTES.NO POWERPOINT SLIDES OR HANDOUTS. View the following short video that provides effective tips for testifying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcMp3NTIyjQ
Format should resemble actual short Congressional testimonies, which can be found on Congressional Committee websites (i.e., go to http://help.senate.gov/, then click on “Hearings”, then the year you want to view (i.e., 2016), then the month (i.e., November), then the topic of interest (i.e., Ensuring Drug Safety: Where Do We Go From Here?), then view the individual testimonies to get a feel of format, content, etc.