Leadership Teams

Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) is the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a group of over 20,000 physicians advocating for a universal, single payer healthcare system in the United States. We are currently recruiting four new Board Representatives as well as two leaders for each of our Leadership Teams (Education & Base Building, Political Advocacy, and Media). Please see below for position descriptions.

We are looking for forward-thinking, creative, dedicated student leaders who have substantial experience with PNHP and SNaHP and are eager to suggest and implement new ideas. Increasing our membership and leadership diversity is an important goal for SNaHP, and so we particularly encourage applications from students who are underrepresented in medicine. If you are interested in joining the leadership of Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) please submit an application by February 16, 2018. Positions will be selected on March 1, 2018. New leaders will overlap with old leaders from March 1 – June 1 in an extended hand-off period.

Applications can be found at this link and are due at 11:59pm February 16, 2018.


Student Board Representative (four open positions)

SNaHP’s five student board representatives work in two areas: as the leaders of SNaHP and as one combined voting member on the board of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP).

Responsibilities in SNaHP

  • Plan the SNaHP Summit: student board members work together with PNHP’s national organizer and the Leadership Team Leaders to plan the SNaHP Summit each year. This includes reviewing proposals from potential host schools, deciding on a theme, title, and keynote speaker, voting on a flyer, reviewing workshop proposals, and reaching out to local chapters, allies, and schools without chapters to circulate information about the Summit.
  • Plan national actions: SNaHP has held a national action for Medicare-for-All every year since 2015. The Student Board is responsible for initiating these plans and recruiting an action-organizing team.
  • Support local chapters: each student board member takes responsibility for 1/5th of the current SNaHP chapters (~10 chapters). He or she will occasionally check in with chapter leaders to see if they need help, ask for updated contact information, and follow-up about participation in national actions and events.
  • Develop and implement a strategy for coalition building and increasing member and leader diversity.
  • Build and maintain coalition relationships: student board members take responsibility both for reaching out to allied groups to request event co-sponsorship and for responding to collaboration requests from our allies.
  • Board leadership: each student board member acts as the rotating leader for ⅕ of the year. During this time, the student board member is responsible for planning as-needed student board conference calls with the other four student board members, responding to any requests from PNHP, SNaHP leadership teams, and outside organizations, and keeping the student board on track.
  • Develop new student leaders.
  • Evaluate and update SNaHP’s mission and vision.

Responsibilities in PNHP

  • Attend the PNHP Annual Meeting and plan the student ad-hoc session.
  • Join occasional PNHP activist and board-of-director conference calls.
  • Vote on PNHP Board issues: when an issue is circulated to the PNHP board for a vote, the student board votes amongst themselves first to determine our majority decision. That decision is then submitted to PNHP as our single student board vote.


Education & Base Building Team Leader (two open positions)

The Education and Base Building Team exists to help grow the student membership in PNHP and organize and support emerging SNaHP chapters.


  • Provide guidance to students at new and existing chapters.
  • Develop new SNaHP chapters.
  • Collect and creating education resources: write handouts, compile journal articles, plan webinars.
  • Maintain the regional Facebook groups: periodically post discussion material, alert local chapters of upcoming events.
  • Help plan the annual SNaHP Summit


Political Advocacy Team Leader (two open positions)

The political advocacy team chairs work with students and chapters across the country to advance single payer healthcare through direct action and legislative work. Chairs work closely with Education and Base Building as well as the media teams to direct op-eds and letters to the editor at specific targets.


  • Coordinate national political campaigns across chapters and develop strategy and tactics for these campaigns.
  • Connect members and groups to target key political actors.
  • Develop advocacy trainings.
  • Spread best practices between chapters.
  • Research legislative developments at the state and national level.
  • Help plan the annual SNaHP Summit


Media Team Leader (two open positions)

The Media Team is a core group of dedicated students who work on the essential communications and social media within SNaHP. Media team members work with other team members and PNHP leaders to write press releases, interface with the media and edit the SNaHP blog. When possible, the media team will submit articles by SNaHP members for publication with established media outlets. In the past these have included articles published in Common Dreams, In-Training, Scalawag Magazine, STAT News and various local and regional newspapers.


  • Regularly update the SNaHP Facebook page and SNaHP blog.
  • Promote SNaHP/PNHP upcoming actions, meetings, member-written articles, and local advocacy efforts on the Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Actively solicit student essays for the SNaHP blog.
  • Take responsibility for planning social media campaigns to complement national actions.
  • Circulate media advisories and press releases during national actions.
  • Develop and circulate a SNaHP newsletter.
  • Help plan the annual SNaHP Summit.