donor of the month
Jared Garrison-Jakel, MD is the Family Physicians Political Action Committee (FP-PAC) August Donor of the Month! Dr. Garrison-Jakel is a legislative Key Contact from our North Bay Chapter, a past student representative to the CAFP Board of Directors and recently enrolled in FP-PAC’s monthly giving program. He has a special passion for homelessness, street medicine and rural health.
Why do you contribute to FP-PAC?
In a post Citizens United era, our world is being shaped by lobbyist and political action committees. Family physicians have a special insight into our communities, especially our vulnerable communities, and it is important to me that our voice is heard. Loudly!
What would you say to someone who may be hesitant to contribute to a Political Action Committee?
“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” As a specialty, we have a history of passionately doubling down on our work in the community, often leaving the higher level policy conversations to less informed politicians and corporate interests. Our communities suffer when we waste our social privilege. Donating to a progressive PAC with the interest of our patients at heart is one way to counteract that.
Have you ever attended an FP-PAC event or represented FP-PAC at a fundraiser? If so, what did you learn by attending the event?
I have been several times to our Sacramento Lobby Day following the All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM). I’ve left these events impressed by the power of storytelling and the effect that events in the office that we deem common, even mundane, can have on political staffers. We undervalue storytelling as an important advocacy tool.
What was one of the earliest advocacy/PAC activities you undertook in medicine?
Early in medical school, I began attending Single Payer Lobby Day (a cause I continue to adamantly believe in). Those experiences shifted my conceptions about the social contract of doctoring – that in exchange for the relative social privilege and security we are afforded, we have the obligation of advocacy, both for our patients and the community as a whole.