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Grassroots Advocacy

Advocate at In-District Meetings

William Cioffi, MD, FACS, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), and Thomas Tracy, MD, FACS

Each month, policymakers return to their hometowns to hear from voters like you. It’s your chance to advocate for your profession and your patients, and it doesn’t require a trip to Washington, DC. Find out when your Members of Congress will return home for an upcoming in-district work period.

Please join your colleagues and take advantage of these times to be a Surgeon-Advocate.

Why Meet In-District?

To be an effective surgeon-advocate, nothing is more important than developing personal relationships with members of Congress. Conversely, to a Member of Congress, there is nothing more valuable than the input and support from constituents—voters! Using in-district work periods to meet with policymakers and their staffs will be extremely valuable in advancing the overall surgical advocacy agenda, and provide you the opportunity to develop key contacts with your legislators.

All U.S. Representatives and Senators have one or more offices in their home district or state for constituent service that serves as a readily accessible meeting point.

Take part in the grassroots advocacy meetings in your district and state.

Advocacy Toolkit

Coordinate in-district advocacy meetings using the Advocacy Toolkit provided below. Download useful information to assist you in planning and executing your in-district advocacy efforts.

  • In-District Grassroots Guide: A how-to guide on how best to plan, prepare for, and execute your in-district meeting.
  • Talking Points: A document highlighting key talking points on the current federal legislative agenda.
  • Meeting Evaluation Form: Following your meeting, take a moment to fill out the meeting evaluation form. Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) staff will use the form to follow up on leads or provide additional information to Congressional offices.

Setting Up an In-District Meeting

  • Find your Representative’s and Senators’ websites, which contain the in-district office contact information as well as preferred scheduling procedures (each office is different). Senators have multiple offices across their states. To schedule an appointment, contact the office that is most convenient for you.
  • Be sure to provide your name and contact information (including congressional district) and mention which issue(s) you would like to discuss. Please let them know you are a surgeon and if you have met with them before.
  • Persistence is important. Contact the scheduler in the legislator’s district office. Make sure to follow up on a meeting request.
  • Once you have a meeting scheduled or if you need extra help, contact the DAHP staff by e-mail or phone 202-337-2701.

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