Participating in advocacy activities can seem a bit confusing, especially if surgeons have never done so. Questions arise as to how to do it, what to say, and where further information may be obtained on numerous state legislative and regulatory issues of interest. To learn about the many facets of grassroots advocacy, and to utilize the plethora of web-based information on state-related issues, check out the following.
Surgeons as Advocates: A SurgeonsVoice Handbook for Advocacy
What Is Advocacy?
How to Start
Developing a Strategy
A Guide to In-District Meetings
State Legislation Tracked by the College
State Grassroots Advocacy on SurgeonsVoice
State Legislative Priorities
State Legislative Toolkits
Bariatric Surgery Coverage in the States
Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioner Toolkit
Lobbying and Ethics Issues
Surgeons are interested in many different issues at the state level, including trauma system funding and development, medical liability reform, regulation of bariatric surgery, Medicaid reimbursement, and so on. In addition, it can be difficult to find sites with information on state health care facts as well as lobbying and ethics requirements. The following links provide a good cross section of websites focused on many state health care issues, and provide a convenient place to access individual state websites.
State Legislature Websites
Lobbying and Ethics Websites