Wednesday, November 21, 2018

APPA welcomes Meghan Martin

Posted by Pat Smith On September - 19 - 2018 Comments Off on APPA welcomes Meghan Martin

We are happy to introduce Meghan Martin as our new director. She is responsible for the overall management of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association including membership recruitment and retention, and meeting planning. She comes to us from the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa where she specialized in sales and event management.


Meghan received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and public relations from Troy University. Her experience will be a welcomed asset to our association.


While Meghan originally hales from Greenville, she currently lives in Montgomery with her husband, Jonathan, their 17 month old son Luke.


Meghan is filling the position left by Jennifer Hayes who resigned in January.

APPA sponsors NAMIAlabama Walks

Posted by Pat Smith On September - 19 - 2018 Comments Off on APPA sponsors NAMIAlabama Walks

NAMIWalks is celebrating its 16th anniversary with its largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in the country.


APPA is proud to be a sponsor of 2018 NAMIWalks Alabama, which raises awareness of mental illness and raises funds to help individuals and families in our region. This year’s theme focuses on breaking the stigma of mental illness, and will be in Montgomery at the Wynton Blount Cultural Park on Saturday, Sept. 22. Four days out from the event, NAMIWalks Alabama had raised nearly $68,000 of its $75,000 goal.


According to NAMI, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in five individuals across the United States, or about 65 million Americans. In Alabama, the Department of Mental Health estimates more than 200,000 citizen in Alabama are affected by mental illness.


The walk is a partnership with NAMI, NAMI Alabama and their NAMA affiliates. Representing APPA at the event is Meghan Martin, APPA’s new director.


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Will you help shape health policy?

Posted by Pat Smith On September - 25 - 2017 Comments Off on Will you help shape health policy?

With a few exceptions, our laws are written by people with little to no experience in mental health. Decisions made by the 140 members of the Alabama House and Senate directly impact our patients’ lives. We can choose to not get involved hope for the best, or we can take an active role in shaping state health policy.

The Alabama Medical PAC (ALAPAC) helps elect candidates to office whom we can work with on the important mental health issues facing our state.

I am asking your support for ALAPAC. By contributing to ALAPAC, we can help elect candidates we can work with on legislation affecting our patients and the practice of psychiatry.

In just the past few legislative sessions, ALAPAC-supported legislators helped:

• Stop the Patient Compensation System bill, with its annual $3,000 tax on each psychiatrist;

• Stop legislation that would have allowed marriage and family therapists to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders;

• Improve the delivery of mental health services in Alabama;

• Ensure adequate funding for Medicaid to prevent loss of access for patients; and

• Stop drivers of physician burnout like MOC.

Laws impacting our patients and the practice psychiatry will continue to be introduced. Can ALAPAC and I count on your support? Donate now or learn more at

Tarak M. Vasavada, MD
President, Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association